issues w/XP embedded,ThinClient PC

November 21, 2009 at 07:18:14
Specs: XP uE & XP embedded, p4 2.2 & amd 1GHz
Sorry but I can't find nor figure this one out.

* xp embedded keeps resetting (like deep freeze) after every restart.
** This happened after upgrading CF card used as HDD by this pc.

2nd ISSUE:
* "...cannot find autocheck, skipping autocheck" message shows at startup but OS loads and runs well.
** This happened after unsuccessfully trying to install a Lexmark driver and running CCleaner, and no, I foolishly did not save registry settings.

Basically I got a used Fijitsu-Siemens Futro400 Thin Client to use mainly as a media center. Love it, small, fast, uses only 13 to 30watts, no fans!

System has NO HDD and It came w/512MB CF card preloaded w/xp embedded and worked flawless but card was full and I couldn't even install a light antivirus so I got a 1GB CF card, copied the system and replaced card, runs well but EVERYTHING resets after every restart, any ideas?

Only happens w/new CF 1GB card, old 512MB original works fine but is FULL.

1. why on earth does system resets to original settings?
2. Is "skipping autocheck" a big deal? it does not bother me nor does it affect the OS or system stability. Should I just let it be?

Thanks in advance guys.


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November 21, 2009 at 08:02:00
You are thinking a thin client is like a pc. Its not. It has flash that loads the OS. This is why it acts like deep freeze. To make changes you have to reflash the flash.

The whole purpose of xpe is to load enough of an os to make a connection to a terminal/citrix server.

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November 21, 2009 at 09:58:01
thanks W, makes sense

The thing is that before swapping the CF card I use
to be able to use the pc normally, my only limitation
was lack of space.

Now ANY change I make to the desktop, save a file or
install a program, etc goes away at restart.

I think this is a registry issue because everything was
simply copied on to the new CF and not installed.

I'll keep playing around with the system and let you know
if I figure out either one of the 2 issues, thanks again.

...any other ideas?


* Even though a Thin Client is not a "real" PC it's still
a great option to be used as a NetPC or a Media Center
cause all you need is firefox and a USB stick and I'll do
it all at a good speed and consume only 20W and has
LOTS of connectivity options.


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November 21, 2009 at 13:44:12
When you say copied, did you use a disk cloning program or simply copying the files? To be sure, I would use something like Norton/Symantec ghost to clone the original 512mb flash to an image, then dump the image to the 1gb flash. This way you can be sure that you have an exact copy. You should be able to install stuff that isn't part of the factory image, as it is a flash card running as a hard disk, which means it can be written to as if it was a disk. Most XPe thin clients work like this, and it's unlikely that the flash will be acting as EEPROM.

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