XP PXE installation problem

September 21, 2011 at 05:19:22
Specs: Windows XP
I am installing XP on my laptop over the network using bartdisk.ima. I have even slipstreamed my NIC driver into the image. The laptop boots over PXE correctly and accepts the bartdisk.ima which provides me a DOS prompt. Then I configure the network and mount the i386 directory that is shared from a server on the network and then I start the XP installation using i386\winnt.exe. The problem I am facing is that the initial part of copying all the files goes ok. But after that when the laptop reboots, it doesn't find any bootable code on the Hard disk and reboots again and again.
I also ran fdisk to create primary dos partition before starting the xp installation.
But still, the laptop keeps rebooting. There is no option to fix the mbr in the fdisk that is included in the bartdisk.ima.

Later I installed Ubuntu using the same mechanism. Ubuntu works well. But I want XP on the laptop. I even tried Win2K, but I am hitting the same issue.
How can I make sure that the XP setup copies the files to the correct location on the hard disk?

Thanks in advance.

--gsb


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#1
September 21, 2011 at 08:06:54
before the initial copying of files you should have the opportunity to setup the drive [partition and format]. Does that go well without errors?

When you used fdisk did you make the primary partition active?

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#2
September 21, 2011 at 15:33:12
I might have tried it the barts network disk way instead and used a shared cd drive to then load xp. Send the barts network image over pxe if you don't have a floppy.

There is no reason to copy the xp installation files to the hard drive. You use the setup program to then use the shared or networked files to install. Later you can copy the files over.

Go with wanderer's or my path but don't mix the two posts.

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#3
September 21, 2011 at 23:32:46
Thanks for the quick replies.

wanderer:
When I booted the laptop over PXE, I did get to the dos prompt where I ran the fdisk command. I deleted the old ubuntu partition and created a new one and made it active. Now fdisk shows me 1 active partition C:.
I don't know how to do a soft reboot so I hard-rebooted the laptop. After that I booted it again in PXE mode. When I got to the dos prompt, I ran fdisk again to check the partition state. It was C: and active. Next I formatted it using format C:. (If I don't format it, XP setup cribs saying it didn't find any disks of the required size).
After that I mounted the shared folder and started the XP setup. Still the same problem. Is my hard booting of the laptop after creating the partition causing the issue?

jefro:
I have actually did the same. I have shared the XP CD from the server. Then I mount the shared drive on the laptop. But I don't think we can run the Setup.exe in the root folder. It requires Windows. Or am I missing something here?

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#4
September 22, 2011 at 12:57:50
The barts network should allow you to run setup. It may be a share permission issue. Windows setup would have let you change partitions.

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#5
September 22, 2011 at 15:07:57
"Next I formatted it using format C:"
command should have been format c: /s or you get no boot files.

All of this is completely unnessisary.

You do not need to have a formatted disk. It can be raw with no partitions. This install should be just like you booted from dvd with the OS cd. Aftrer the copy files phase you are presented with where to install the OS.

"XP setup cribs saying it didn't find any disks of the required size"
That doesn't sound right. Wasn't the message no disk found? this would indicate you didn't slipstream the drive controller driver into the install.

" Is my hard booting of the laptop after creating the partition causing the issue?
no its not. its required after you fdisk and before you can format.

You shouldn't need to format or fdisk. This is where the problem is.

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