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  1. Especial the burn engine is awesome, best in the world.And the build engine is good too: ImgBurn offers optimisation Enable the feature <Build><Optimise Duplicate Files> AHA ! I looked in primary dialog, but not in the Settings dialog ! Let's give it a try. Thanx again....
  2. @cdob Thanx. This is my final XP project, following andregascal's Multi-Boot DVD architecture from this very sub. Essentially the two trees shown below are the target(s) of interest: HOMEOEM|--I386|--$OEM$| |--$1\INSTALL|PROOEM|--I386|--$OEM$| |--$1\INSTALL|$1\INSTALL is completely redundant under both trees and I386 probably has significant duplication as well. I suspect this is the last time I will ever do any work on this project, given XP's EOL is just over six months away. Once in a blue moon, I revisit this idea as I periodically recall a bootleg 10-in-1 Windows setup disc. I never actually used that disc more than once or twice, several jobs ago, but I've never forgotten the hack. I recently gave up on my own Windows 7 AIO, as the combination of enhanced drivers and slipstreaming of all Windows Updates for each architecture has made that dream permanently impossible. I don't use hardlinks right now and use IMGBURN for mastering and burning. With the exception of being unable to script the generation of the ISO, IMGBURN is the best CD/DVD burning tool for Windows or Linux. But I will look into OSCDIMG as possible candidate for cooking this special disc. Thanx for the use of the brain cells...
  3. Sure thanks dude. Essentially, the unattended install sub-dir for two Windows setup directory trees (on the same disc) is duplicated file-for-file. The project works perfectly right now, but is close to maxing out DVD-5 space. I believe there is some sort of optimization mechanism/whatever in the ISO std which can optimize away the redundancy via binary file comparison via links/whatever. I've seen something to this effect from time-to-time, but was never able to learn how it worked. I recently read a snippet from a PowerISO README, while GOOGLEing, which suggests something like this. But I don't have PowerISO, nor do I want PowerISO. I suspect one of the Microsoft cmd-line ISO utils has it, but couldn't find anything to directly support that here on MSFN. Does that clarify enuf ??? Even if it takes an hour or more to pre-master the final ISO, nor prob for me as I will be working on this project very infrequently. Thanx for the use of the brain cells...
  4. Folks: I have a project disc that I'd like to shrink by a lot. I know there is a great deal of redundancy on the disc. I believe using the correct tool, these redundancies can be optimized away, replacing actual files with links/pointers/whatever. But I can find nothing via Google that will even offer a direction. Then, I remembered MSFN and reasoned someone here has to have obsessed about this subject and knows how to do this. Thanx in advance....
  5. Thanx. My x64 disc is stuck w/ a final issue, where it dies halfway into my GUIRunOnce script, just a plain-vanilla CMD batch script ! Takes hours to get to the desktop, hanging in limbo. If I don't execute the script til after SETUP is complete and we're at the Desktop, the script works flawlessly ! OTOH, the exact same script is no problem on my x86 disc ! So I need to change things up for the x64 world, altho there's no good reason I should be going thru this ! I should be able to install what I need from the HKLM/RunOnce keys. Thanx again.
  6. I looked at the 1st three pages of the topic, but of course I didn't find an answer. I suspect that somewhere in the mass of links in the stickies at the top of the topic, my answer can be found buried in there. Please forgive my impatience. When we do a Windows XP unattended installation, there's a point during the 2nd (graphical) phase of setup, where a script can be run. My XP discs would create a default user at this time. Is the same true of Windows 7 and if so, could someone share a couple of links explaining the procedure ? What I'd like to do is launch some preparatory work from one of the RUNONCE keys and setup those registry entries prior to finalization of the system. Thanx for the use of the brain cells...
  7. I'm stuck with a RDP problem that has to be minor, but I simply can't see what it is. Essentially, I have two VMWare VMs on a Windows 7 PC and I can talk to the 1st VM setup, via RDP, but the second VM is unresponsive and never advances beyond the message: 'initiating remote connection' and errors out after thirty secs. In detail, I created a VMWare VM (called VM0), populated it with Windows 7 Pro and everything else I needed for the project, configured it to operate off of port 33890, then successfully tested it from the projected client PCs. I explicitly opened the RDP port (on client and host) via Windows Firewall. Next, I created a clone of this VM (called VM1), changed the RDP port to 33900, adjusted the custom Windows Firewall rule for the custom RDP port, and tried the new VM. No joy. Access to the VM1 stalls at the Remote Desktop client with the message: 'initiating remote connection'. As part of troubleshooting this, I completely disabled the Windows Firewall on client and host. Still no joy. I also tried 'netstat -aon 3 | find "33900"', then attempted to remote in. Windows is listening on this port, but the two PCs don't communicate ! I've checked the Event Logger, while attempting to login. Windows seems to be completely oblivious my attempts to login via RDP, that is there are no warnings, errors, or any other indication being emitted from Windows. I can see three Remote Desktop services running in the Services Management applet. I long ago downloaded and installed the latest RDP client from Microsoft, on every client PC. And just for grins, today I installed TeamViewer (on VM1) to verify that remote access is actually possible on the VM. Can access VM1 from completely across town, using the PC on which I'm typing this message. I didn't find any mainstream users of port 33900 via Google, so I'm out of options for the moment except for possibly redoing the VM from scratch, which is really an absolute last resort. Any ideas ? TIA....
  8. While this comment pertains to Windows XP, it could easily apply to Vista. I have XP OEM discs, slipstreamed w/ SP2 or SP3. I actively maintain my SP2 discs for two reasons: MSOFT has never (not while I was paying attention) addressed a deficiency WRT UAA drivers for HD audio devices. Can't install a HD audio device (many of the newest adapters) w/o using their KB888111 hotfix, which won't directly install under SP3. Speed. I saw this illustrated two weeks ago, with a PC I redid for a customer. My XP discs were only different WRT the service pack. The customer brought his PC back for a 2nd treatment, bec it was intolerably slow under SP3 (installed from my SP3 disc.) Simply redid the PC using my SP2 disc and it was remarkably faster. Obviously, Vista SP2 will not have the same issues, merely warning that SP2 could introduce undesirable consequences, if one is not cautious. It took me many days to figure out the HD audio issue, while a customer was waiting (impatiently) to take home his new HP PC, which I was downgrading from Vista to XP....Jet
  9. DVDFLick is an open-source program, which will take a series of movie files and convert them into a std DVD Video disc, complete w/ a menu. It's actually a slick GUI front-end to a series of cmd-line utils, which do all of the conversion, encoding, etc. Very straight forward to use. My 1st attempt resulted in a working DVD Video disc, after which I've created about a dozen DVD Video discs w/ it. A most excellent program and you can't beat the price: free ! Later....Jet
  10. No, I don't remember any of the details of .cfg. Re: FreeNAS itself, it's probably improved since I tried it three years ago. In any case, get something to extract the FreeNAS ISO's boot sector, then commence with the trial-and-error testing. That's the process I used, so the sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish. One thing I do remember is that there are several files that could be used as the target of the KERNEL statement, that will be the actual loader. That's where the trial-an-error comes in. Originally, it only took a few hours of effort to achieve results. Later....Jet
  11. Sorry, but that was three years ago and that .cfg file has long passed into history. I can suggest something else which mite work as well, if not better. I abandoned FreeNAS, bec it didn't perform well and couldn't be integrated w/ Windows-based projects, in spite of the fact I'd built (by hand) and operated a FreeBSD/Samba file server/access point for years. (And I really like FreeBSD !) Anyway, I've since found something else which will make it into the next edition of the public SuperDisc [RSN ! ] called TurnkeyLinux. It's based on Ubuntu 8.04 and is being actively developed and supported by a very professional Linux team. TurnkeyLinux has several interesting live CDs (mostly LAMP-based web servers), including the Samba live CD. Check out their website ASAP. Moreover, Jotnar has an excellent post describing how to integrate various Linuxen (incl Ubuntu) into a generic SuperDisc. HTH....Jet
  12. Have been using nLite successfully for a while now (over a year) and it's an excellent program. Wanted to finalize my XP disc, by adding WMP10/11. As part of the search process, I discovered WMP11 Slipstreamer, well known to some around these parts. Anyway, my attempts to use it failed w/ an 'Invalid Product Catalog' error at the very beginning of the GUI [2nd] phase of the XP setup. I ran WMP11SS standalone, against an untouched XP Home fileset, always w/ the same results. Near the end of my attempts, I became aware that nLite had discovered the existence of WMP11SS on my system and tried to load it automagically w/ every slipstream job. The worst part was when it kept trying to do this even after I uninstalled WMP11SS ! Even worse still, was when nLite tried to launch WMP11SS when attempting to slipstream Media Player 10 ! This is not a file name issue, as the two files have radically different names on my system. Moreover, I even changed the name of WMP10 from MPSETUP.EXE to MP10.EXE, but nLite insisted on using WMP11SS to slipstream WMP10 ! Any ideas ??? BTW, I've currently stopped trying to slipstream WMP at all and chalked this up to stupid MSOFT practices ! (Why can they the learn the concept of CONSISTENCY ?!?!?) IE8 streams in w/o problem, but WMP is SO different ! Why ?!? Anyway, if I have to, I'll silently install WMP11 at GuiRunOnce time, as it's no major inconvenience. Later....Jet Last Session.ini
  13. Same here, although in the last couple of weeks I've had a hard time holding onto my collection of thumb drives ! Recently, I did find a new site for live CDs: Turnkey Linux. Turnkey Linux hosts a series of professionally-configured appliance discs based Ubuntu 8.04. They have a LAMP disc, a Samba disc, a Drupal disc, and a Joomla! disc to name a few. You can sample their works in live CD form, then install them to a hdrive to actually use them in real-world projects. Impressive stuf. There's a post a couple pages back, where someone explains how to use SYSLINUX/ISOLINUX and GRUB together. There are only a couple of things from G4D that I really need and a hybrid of two works for me. Is this a remastered Kubuntu livecd? Nope, it's a stock Kubuntu disc, that's what make it worth celebrating (and incorporating in a new SuperDisc.) Later....Jet
  14. Happy holidays ! Long time, no post ! Unfortunately, people who post messages like the one you commented don't seem to do much in the way of research or experimentation. Frankly, other than for demo purposes, I can't see the reason for having three Ubuntus on the same disc. Actually, Jotnar has a great contribution to the thread, explaining how to customize various (popular) Linux live CDs (incl the Ubuntus) so that they can be part of a SuperDisc. Having said that, I have a top-to-bottom revision of primary project/initial message underway, to be completed this month. I have formed a much different take on things in the intervening (nearly) three years, since starting this exercise. And part of the revised project will include Kubuntu. The latest is now a truly useful, fully operational live CD, w/ support (AT LAST, HALLELUJAH !!!) for auto-mounting existing hdrive partitions ! Hope this finds you well. TTYL....Jet
  15. I am going to revisit this project shortly. Watch this space....
  16. Can't help as I've made virtually all of my discs using UltraISO and have occasionally used the Optimization feature successfully. If it [Optimization] doesn't work, sometimes you have to re-organize the contents of a disc, to move some content from one disc to another or use a bigger (DL) disc and turn off Optimzation....Jet
  17. Jack: Thanx for the kind words, but you've introdued a very interesting wrinkle. I hope to experiment w/ this in the next few days. Was wondering: what (Grub4DOS) files did you incorporate into your image and where did you put them ? were you able to directly use GRUB as a chainloader as in: KERNEL /BOOT/GRUB/GRUB.EXE APPEND --config-file="CHAINLOADER /I386/SETUPLDR.BIN" Thanx for the heads-up ! This definitely justifies a new round of experimentation w/ Grub4DOS....Jet
  18. Only on a distro-by-distro basis. Slax/BT3/Zenwalk == gzipped ext2 fs. Ubuntu == gzipped cpio. Negative. GOOGLE tyme or even better linuxquestions.org I prefer Emacs in Windows. Notepad++ shud work as well and is also free. Both can be had from SourceForge. Will have to update the initial post, as the System Rescue CD has changed substantially. However, if you open /isolinux/isolinux.cfg, the correct info is there for all to see. Moreover, if one spends quality time w/ this file, you'll get another take on the SuperDisc idea, as the System Rescue Disc is a very straight-fwd integration of several free projects, also using ISOLINUX. In their case, they use the (orig) cmd-oriented menu system. Later....Jet
  19. CHNTPW is actually trivial to add, as are many Linux distros. The more challenging ones are covered by Jotnar's most excellent post. I have SeaTools on my menu, which covers both Seagate and Maxtor drives, booting the floppy image of the util via MEMDISK. MaxBlast shud be no trouble either. I also have several discs which boot unattended and standard Windows XP/2K3 installs. A word of advise: get something simple up and running, then incrementally add a project/distro at a time. At that point, you'll be able to ask specific questions that others are willing to answer. Good luck...Jet
  20. Goto the nLite sub-forum on MSFN. Been there, done that....Jet
  21. Check out Jotnar's tips for integrating several Linux distros, for help pertaining to Gentoo. I recently added a Vista Recovery Disc image to one of my SuperDisc projects and there was nothing to it. That is, it's just the boot image (courtesy of BBIE) and the sources sub-dir. I mite also review the MKISOFS cmd-line opts you're using....Jet
  22. No, check this GOOGLE for more info about Gigarec. Overburning to the extent that you desire (800+ MB) is notoriously unreliable, specifically when moving the OB disc from PC to PC. Overburning in general isn't a recommended practice, bec depending on your drive, one can cause permanent damage to the drive. But it's like overclocking, most folks (incl myself) will push the envelope a bit since the cost of a optical drive isn't that great and the likelihood of damage is small (if you're not overambitious.) Personally, I only exceed the normal CD-R capacity by 10-30MB and have never regretted it (w/ a wrecked drive.) IAC, if you desire > 700MB discs, you really should be thinking DVD-Rs, from a reliability and compatibility standpoint. However, based on your questions, you should really start w/ simpler projects, that is projects that don't exceed 700MB. It seems that most newbies that find this forum have grandiose ambitions for these multi-boot discs, but very little experience. Every one that does have that experience (ie. jaclaz, cdob, kof94, and myself) has obtained that experience solely by way of hundreds of hours of experimentation and GOOGLEing. There is no short cut. The journey is worth it, though. Good luck....Jet
  23. One can replace the hd0 param w/ boot, to specifiy the orig boot media, but only w/ SYSLINUX and EXTLINUX. Time to post a question about this on the mail list. I've tried the new CHAIN feature, but the job I wanted to experiment on was short on time, so I had to resort to more conventional measures (ie. install from a stock XP disc.) Later....Jet
  24. SuperDisc is one way to create a true multi-boot disc, w/ many different images and applications. This topic is more for people who want to create a disc w/ multiple versions of Windows, both normal and unattended configs. ATI has a BartPE plugin and the SuperDisc topic has some info about adding BartPE. There used to be a bootable CD, which could be integrated (w/ some experimentation and work) into a SuperDisc/ISOLINUX menu. UBCD can't swallowed en-masse, but you can take out individual programs and add them one-by-one to an ISOLINUX menu as in SuperDisc menu. HTH....Jet

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