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  1. If you have the proper registry keys prepared you can inject them into the registry and copy the .inf and .sys as well to the machine via booting up into Bart PE, and the machine will then boot up on its own After you first boot up I personally recommend then manually reinstalling the drivers while actually in win2k3 (ive done this in 2000 also) This is meant for migrating a machine that may be too complicated to rebuild (or your guys are just lazy!) to completely new hardware.
  2. I've actually got this procedure working, and I have edited and updated the tool I found to work with the P400 SAS controllers that come with HP G5 ML370s. If anybody is interested in me posting a guide for injecting drivers, I'll gladly do it.
  3. At first I was thinking that maybe this poster had a legitimate problem - that these Audio CDs he was working with were custom CDRs that actually did have .WAV files. But my my ! Listen to these fine folk and you'll be A-OK.
  4. I'd be willing to bet that had you left your install alone as a normal Windows XP install, you wouldn't be having these issues. You disabled or removed a needed service, you can't figure out why, and now you're blaming the OS for your mistakes. If people would just leave Windows XP's services alone and not try to "tweak" them, they wouldn't have any issues with their software or hardware. Actually you are just jumping into your guns again. I've been on people's PCs where certain Wireless Network Configuration Utilities would work better than the Windows one, sometimes worse. And by better I mean pick up networks that the others just wouldn't connect to. It's not always people "tweaking".
  5. I'm with allen2, about the audio drivers. A few years back on a machine with similar specs, I was having odd crashes when I was playing media through WMP. Updating the audio drivers ended up fixing it for me.
  6. You think this would work ? - Load the image, but obviously don't boot into it - boot into Bart PE - stage the KB file - Load the registry - edit Run Once to do a silent install - save the registry - take another image of this - load it and see what happens ? heh.
  7. When you stop the services, are you then changing the Startup Type to Disabled ? This is assuming you are doing this through the mmc. Just wanna make sure you aren't simply stopping the service but allowing it to have the Automatic Startup Type.
  8. Just an idea - You have a backup of your Daily XP HD already, but you don't want to lose the work you've done since. Hopefully, the work you've done since is mostly files ? Perhaps .docs, .jpegs, whatever it is that corresponds with your business. Do you have the ability to take a new backup of the XP Daily, then mount it and check to see if your recent files are available (if the HD is screwed, you may not be able to mount the image properly) ? Then just restore the Old XP Daily clone, and then restore those files ? In the end you hopefully get everything back to how you wanted it ?
  9. I promise not to keep bumping this, just wondering if anybody has any answers !
  10. I really don't know if you can have multiple entries, I'd assume not. You are in unknown, testing territory now !
  11. I think it would be worth testing it this way : Create the image on a multiprocessor machine. In the top of your sysprep.inf, in the [unattended] section, add : UpdateUPHAL="ACPIAPIC_UP,%WINDIR%\Inf\Hal.inf" What this will do is during mini setup it will detect if it should remain a halmacpi like when you created the image, or switch to a halaacpi automatically for you. ------------------------------------------ Now I don't know if your older machines are non ACPI. For them, you may have to rely on a doing a manual copy/paste of the hal and kernel files as you've mentioned you do as part of the cmdlines. I honestly don't know about that...because I've never had to work with that.
  12. Have you tried allowing sysprep.ini to determine/assign the HAL for you ? I personally create images using a multiprocessor machine, then let : UpdateUPHAL="ACPIAPIC_UP,%WINDIR%\Inf\Hal.inf" do the changing for me in the sysprep.ini, if it detects the need to. If your image is created on a Uniprocessor, I believe you can change the command to accomodate also. May be of use to you.
  13. I'm curious as to what kind of procedures will create a local profile on an XP pro machine. Scenario : Let's say my machine is a member of a domain. Somebody else has administrative rights also, USERX. I go into SystemDrive\Documents and Settings\ and there are no extra profiles in existence, other than mine and the system ones. The next day, USERX's profile is now there, and the event log just shows generic logon/logoff information repeatedly. Aside from the obvious answers of USERX sitting at my desktop and logging in, thus creating a profile (or using RDP to log in to my workstation), what else can be done remotely that will result in a USERX profile being created ? Let's not count those answers, because I know those aren't happening. I'm asking just out of curiousity. I notice that sometimes when people connect to my machine through a scripting procedure of sorts, a profile is created for them.
  14. I finally got around to doing this today, and... it failed to boot. I'm sure there is some kind of "sysprep equivalent" for this ubuntu distro, I just was curious if it was going to automatically adapt heh.
  15. You sir, inspire adventure and curiosity ! TO THE BOOT DISK WE GO !
  16. I'm just fiddling around with Ubuntu, and I was wondering if anybody could answer this. I'm using the Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. I've installed it on an older machine, and if I were to image it (using Acronis, the boot disk of course) then restore that image to a different PC (namely a newer one with a hyperthreading CPU, SATA drive, and just different hardware across the board), will the OS boot up and detect the changes fine ?
  17. That's exactly what I was getting at Warrior. Use the bootable disc, because from there it doesn't particularly matter. However if somebody attempts to install and run the software inside of Vista, there are no guarantees
  18. For the sake of knowledge, if you were to do this or the /f and attempt to force them, does this go about the shut down in a much different way than clicking on Start-->shut down-->shut down ? I guess to be more clear, I just want to understand how the system responds to these different requests, as well as how the requests differ internally.
  19. Hey Ripken - You have a high score on all aspects, I was wondering if with that high score everything runs smoothly and quickly ? Do you still get any of the sluggish behaviour ? Or does Vista run with the consistency of XP (or better) with that rig ?
  20. True Image has no official Vista support, so you are best off using the Rescue Media Bootable disc
  21. When using the line for sysprep.ini, you don't have to do any extra file copying. It will know where to seek out the files. I've used this on images with SP2, so if you don't use SP2 in your image for whatever reason, that could be somethin to look into
  22. don't forget back after Katrina hit, and the members of the Something Awful forums had about 30,000 in donations....then the account was frozen. Paypal pretty much accused the guy running the account of being a possibly fraudulent party, and wouldn't let him have any control of the account. He tried telling them that they can be in control of donating it to the charity themselves if they don't trust him. I don't remember the full outcome - if they refunded all the funds to people who donated, or if they actually did take the money from the frozen account and send it to the red cross or whomever. But to me it screamed out even more reason to dislike paypal. I avoid it as much as possible. They can legally get away with pulling things like this thread speaks of, and they yield ridiculous profits in the end. Not being a bank they aren't under regulations....so your money has no security in your paypal account. If something happened to the company, good luck. And while millions of people keep funds in their paypal accounts, sending it back and forth so that portions never get transferred to our personal accounts, Paypal invests that money and makes more profits off of it.
  23. If you are going to build a new image from scratch, that makes it all cake man ! Build the new image on a HT/DC machine, that way by default it is using the halmacpi.dll HAL When you sysprep it, have this in the sysprep.ini ;SetupMgrTag [unattended] UpdateUPHAL="ACPIAPIC_UP,%WINDIR%\Inf\Hal.inf" This switch will trigger the machine to check if it needs to use a Uniprocessor HAL, when the machine runs through minisetup. If so, it will properly configure the HAL. I'm not sure how old your "older" machines are....as long as everything is at least an ACPI Uniprocessor / Multiprocessor machine, then its all gravy. Now if want to find a way to force a HAL change on current machines, here are some instructions that you should be able to read over and pull the meat out of. Extremely simple procedure that I"ve done multiple times on XP workstations that were imaged poorly: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default....35e73b8.xml.asp
  24. Are you ok with changing your standard image ? Because if so, this all can be fixed extremely easily. Or are you looking for a way to force a HAL change post imaging of these new machines ?
  25. Computer Science can vary so much, just depends on the school itself. For instance, when I got my CS degree it was part of the College of Engineering - however some Universities have their CS department as part of Arts and Sciences. Some schools have CS focus HEAVILY on programming and web programming, where others will have it geared a little more towards OS and systems programming...it really just varies. You can get some generic ideas about a program, but you are best off talking to the actual school itself, and more importantly, some graduates of the programs. Zxian hit it on the nose. You go to school and try to learn how to tackle problems and challenges. Everything you use in school will probably be outdated in a sense by the time you get to work - but being able to learn new things fast is the key. But really the most important thing to learn now is this - network network network. I don't mean cat5 and fiber, I mean social networking. When you graduate college and want a job, it's rarely what you know and what you can do as much as WHO YOU KNOW that can get your foot into the door. It's sad, it's pathetic, It's reality.

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