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dhruba.bandopadhyay

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  1. I heard nLite doesn't speak MCE2005. I was wondering whether nLite has been updated to recognise and handle MCE2005. Even if not, I can change the startup file (TXTSETUP.SIF which is in the 386-folder). MCE2005 is really the same build as XP, just with more stuff. So nLite should easily be reprogrammed to handle it.
  2. Am new to Windows XP OPK and I read the Step-by-step tutorial guide that came on the CD. It mentions about having 2 PCs, technician & master. Then it says to check whether the network card is listed on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). My built-in integrated Realtek is listed here at http://testedproducts.windowsmarketplace.c...56-e61103098860 So that should be fine. The documented stated procedure of using OPK is to run the OPK wizard on technician PC. I assume the technician PC hardware doesn't have to match the master PC hardware. The actual preinstallation is done on the master PC and the master PC's hardware will be taken into account of (for the HAL, etc). The OPK wizard lets you to specify a list of 3rd-party programs that will be installed on the master PC during Audit-mode (automatic preinstallation). It requires you to specify the path of the 3rd-party programs to be from a "network share". Am very curious as to how the master PC will be able to access the 3rd-party programs if network card drivers hasn't been setup yet. From my knowledge, my Realtek network card required me to manually install the drivers after a fresh installation of Windows XP. Is it possible to burn the drivers & 3rd-party programs onto the Windows XP CD and specify the path to the CD-ROM? When we specify the list of 3rd-party programs to be installed during Audit-mode, do we have to make sure the drivers (motherboard INF, graphics, network) are installed first before the 3rd-party programs if the 3rd-party programs are to be accessed via network share? What about the reboot required for drivers to work? The entire OPK documentation assumed that the master PC will have a working network card upon Windows installation - for the automated 3rd-party program preinstallations. How does one get around this if his network card is unknown after Windows installation? Is the Factory-mode an alternative to installing the drivers & 3rd-party programs? Is Factory-mode as good as the automated 3rd-party program preinstallation?
  3. It does everything from creating your own pre-installed Windows image, to unattended installs, to massive deployment (I think). It contains Win PE & also sysprep. Is it easy to use? I'm surprised that this hasn't been publicized that much. It's meant for OEM (Dell, etc.) but non-OEM can use it for personal use. On the CD (ISO image) contains tones of documentation (CHM & Word doc files), with step-by-step guides, and manuals.
  4. It does everything from creating your own pre-installed Windows image, to unattended installs, to massive deployment (I think). It contains Win PE & also sysprep.
  5. I think that URL is incorrect. From http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=56488&st=0 it's meant to be http://oem.microsoft.com/downloads/worldwi..._x86fre_opk.zip Also, would be nice if the post starter put this link in his first post. Saves us all having to read through the entire thread.... And is Windows OEM Installation Kit == Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit? Or is there a difference? And is Windows OPK the same as Windows PE? Or is WinPE something else totally different?
  6. This post is so useful. Why isn't it a sticky? And is Windows OEM Installation Kit == Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit? Or is there a difference? And is Windows OPK the same as Windows PE? Or is WinPE something else totally different?
  7. I been collecting free DVDs off a newspaper in UK. I been using http://www.any-video-converter.com/ Free Any-Video-Converter to convert DVD .vob files to iPod Video .mp4 files. Everything is fine, except one .vob file (VTS_02_3.VOB). Any Video Converter says "Could not read metadata from vob file. I have yet to get into their website and post to their forums (if they have one). But in meantime, does anyone know what I can do to try to remedy this problem? I even tried FixVTS and that didn't even work.
  8. I got a ECS 915G-A motherboard which has only 1 IDE slot. In the past I had motherboards with 4 IDE slots (for RAID, etc.). I guess these new motherboards are phasing out IDE slots and replacing them with SATA slots. I have a IDE HD & 2 IDE DVD drives. As you can see, I can only use 1 HD & 1 DVD drive. I do not want to buy a new HD. Is there any way to get another IDE device? Do I have to buy one of those IDE expansion boards?
  9. Okay, I don't need MS-DOS 6.2 anymore since I found out that the best MS-DOS version was in Win98SE. So now am trying to build a MS-DOS 7.0 bootable CD & installation - BUT for games, not generic. Here's what I found... In Win98 \WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD folder contains the Emergency Boot Disk (without the msdos.sys & ebd.sys files for some reason). I extracted the 1.44MB bootable image from the Win98 CD-ROM just to do complete. This is only an Emergency Boot Disk and not tweaked for games. However it's got a good selectable menu system. In the Win98 \WINDOWS\ there are two files called: MS-DOS Mode for Games.pif (XMS loading for games) MS-DOS Mode for Games with EMS and XMS Support.pif (emm386 emulates EMS in XMS) When double-click either files, they temporarily swap C:\autoexec.bat & C:\config.sys with optimized versions of autoexec.bat & config.sys for games. Why two different pairs of files? Some games were fussy whether emm386 was loaded and other games didn't like it. So this is a very good idea to embed the differences in the EBD autoexec.bat & config.sys, since there's a choice menu system already programmed in the EBD autoexec & config. Just needed to copy emm386.exe from C:\WINDOWS\ & also mscdex.exe (from ebd.cab). I also changed RAMDrive to load 16MB (instead of 2MB). Tested CD and it boots perfectly, so user can boot a PC with no harddisk and still run programs that require writing to disk. If the user has a DOS sound card then he can add the drivers to autoexec & config files. What I want to know is how to install this MS-DOS into a blank C:\ ? Does msdos.sys & io.sys files have to be in the first sector/cluster of the HD? I don't think copying the files directly onto the HD would work? http://vogons.zetafleet.com/download.php?id=3232
  10. Heh, I tried both win /d:f and win /d:v and they fail to start. Then I tried safe-mode and disabled all my HDD controllers. Rebooted in normal mode. Got blue-screen of death, VFAT not detected? However I did get further into the setting up clock/date during the final parts of the installation. And I forgot to provide you with bootlogs... Nevermind, am going to get a motherboard replacement with Intel 865 chipset (which is definitely going to compatible with W98SE. No, wait, am not really bothered with W98SE anymore, since am hoping to get hold of Sound Blaster 16 off eBay. That way I'll get sound in native DOS mode.. yay \o.
  11. I had a search around and found an article of someone mentioning they got MS-DOS installation on bootable cd. I am wondering if anyone who has done this to let me know how they manage to do this? Best burning program is Nero Burning ROM. It specifies two types of bootable CD-ROMs: 1. CD-ROM (Boot) 2. CD-ROM (EFI Boot) I guess if I have the floppy disks then the boot image data is easy to get. However if I only backed up my MS-DOS 6.2 files of the disks then I won't have the boot image data. If the latter is the case, can Nero still do sometime to make it boot up (like grab the Windows 98SE boot image instead). Then we have unseen problems such as whether MS-DOS setup/install requires data from A:\ drive. Hmm...
  12. Thanks for your replies: I have learnt that the last Creative Labs Sound Blaster card that comes with DOS drivers was Audigy 1. I have also tried DOSBox & VirtualPC. VirtualPC has stated that it has very bad DOS support and won't improve. DOSBox is not good at 3D DOS games, has jerky sounds and can't do programs with extremely fast refresh updates. I have yet to get MS-DOS/Windows98SE working in VMWare. But am hoping to grab a few Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 PCI/ISA off eBay to stick in my near-future iBASE MB865 or some other Intel 865 chipset motherboard. Intel 865 chipset motherboards were the last to support Windows 98SE. I have a socket 775 P4 3GHz so I don't want that to go to waste. Windows 98SE CD is indeed bootable with CD-ROM support. (but obviously not made for EMS loading games and sound). Is it possible to take original 3 MS-DOS 6.2 floppy disks, and burn them onto CD? Has anyone done this before? Install/setup files or already-installed MS-DOS?
  13. 1. DOSBox is getting better and got some ok results from it. Though 3D via DOSBox is very very slow. And if the DOS app has fast refreshes or updates then DOSBox can't handle it. 2. VDMSound is okay but doesn't always work very. I ran Blood before and it was jerky. VDMSound is a discontinued project. It will not run under 64-bit Windows unfortunately. 3. VirtualPC has very bad support for DOS sound and joystick. Searching on the web & google groups I find people reporting this as a fact. They all say DOS games run chuggy. 4. I have yet to get DOS sound to work in VMWare. Just installed Windows 98SE. Getting DOS sound to work looks fiddly (from web & google group searching). And performance wise is again chuggy.
  14. PCI or ISA? And is it 100% Sound Blaster compatible? Could you test to see if you can run those PC demos above?
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