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[Solved] clear up boot.ini

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bdtodd50, Sep 6, 2004.

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  1. bdtodd50

    bdtodd50 Thread Starter

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    I would like to learn what each section of the boot.ini actually means. I have STFW with no luck, (probably just looking in the wrong places).

    [boot loader]
    timeout=15
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    I know what the time out is, I have a SATA as C:\ so One of the things i'm wondering is why does the lower line start with multi instead of SCSI?

    thanks for the info
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    Multi is any hard IDE/SATA attached device and I think even a SCSI disk would still be multi.
    mutli = any disk (0) is always 0, and is set/unchangable
    disk = relative hardware disk starting from 0 as first device on the first controller. So for example the slave on the second channel would be 3
    Partition is self explanatory
    Windows is documentory
    /fastdetect is a switch that is passed to windows on startup and tells it that usually you have the same hardware that you had when it was installed- so don't bother interrogating each device in detail.
     
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  4. bdtodd50

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    Thank you gentlemen, this answered my questions.
     
  5. Dan O

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    You're welcome. I will mark your thread solved.
     
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