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brackenan

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This may seem stupid, but I have an old HP t5500 Thin-Client which I have altered and hooked up an IDE hard drive to. The BIOS detects the HD just fine, and I can install any version of linux without fail from the external cd drive. The challenge for me is to install Windows 2000/XP. Every time I try to boot from the windows disk, it loads the drivers, then before it loads the partition screen, it BSODs on me and gives an INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error. From what I've read, I traced it to the USB drivers loading too late in the setup process for it to continue loading from the USB CD drive.

I've even tried hooking an IDE cd drive directly to the motherboard but it refuses to boot from it, and there's no way to manually select the boot device by pressing any F(1-12) key.

Settings are configured correctly in the BIOS to boot from the Flash RAM (or in this case, any IDE drive), and I do have USB booting capability.

What I want is to install from my USB CD drive.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Andrew
 

brackenan

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Also, I've been able to do this before, so I know it can work. Installed XP to same kind of thinclient once before using same devices, but could never do it again. Must have got lucky, somehow.
 
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Can you try to copy the i386 directory to C Driver and install from the Hard Drive..
 
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Are you trying to install to the IDE drive? It appears the drive needs a driver. How is it interfaced?

Since that machine is intended for Windows CE, it is very unlikely that drivers will exist for XP for many if not most of its hardware. It also has only 128 MB's of RAM, only 112 usable less whatever is devoted to graphics.
 
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The Magic Jack Support forums, of all places, are the best resource for thin clients I've found so far.
 

brackenan

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Are you trying to install to the IDE drive? It appears the drive needs a driver. How is it interfaced?

Since that machine is intended for Windows CE, it is very unlikely that drivers will exist for XP for many if not most of its hardware. It also has only 128 MB's of RAM, only 112 usable less whatever is devoted to graphics.
The first time I got this to work, I was shocked to see that I didn't need to install a single driver. Windows picked up everything. I also upgraded the RAM to 256mb. It's currently in use now as my printer and Magic Jack Server lol! The IDE drive is hooked up via IDE.

I got lucky the first time, not sure why it worked, but it did. As far as drivers for the HDD that could be the ticket tho I have no idea why it would need drivers, as its an old 10gb WD Caviar.

As far as installing directly from the hard drive, that's an interesting idea... But how does that work? You mean hook up another drive or partition the the one I'm using?
 

brackenan

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I finally figured out a way to do it. Use a USB floppy drive. Put smartdrv.exe onto a Windows 98 boot disk and boot computer with floppy. Since I have the HD and CD drive both hooked up via IDE, boot 98 with CD Rom support. Create DOS partition on the HD and format to FAT32. Cd to the CD ROM, where your XP/2000 disk is. Type smartdrv twice, then cd to the i386 d irectory. Type winnt. Setup will start, hit enter. It copies files to HD, then boots into the partition setup. Accept default and hit enter. You will be prompted to change partition to NTFS. Do it. Then it will install as normal. Done. Cheers and thanks guys! :)
 
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