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bootfix.bin + gosh

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I did post about this last week, but didn't get much respone, so I thought I'd try again. I've folowed Gosh's method, and thus have a BOOT directory, and a I386 directory. Now eveything works great but when I boot the cd, It never asks if you want to boot from it, it just does it, instead of delaying, then booting from the hard drive. In the previous post, I copied bootfix.bin from the I386 dir, to the BOOT dir. It still automaticly boots the CD, but it shoudn't. :) Also, my CD is sp1a integrated. Don't know if this makes any differance.

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well if youre using a cd menu like cdshell then bootfix.bin won't come into play. Also if your bios is configured to only boot from CD like virtual machines usually are you might see that.

-gosh

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actually bootfix.bin in your i386 folder should make it prompt the "Press any key to boot from cd..." Ive used cdshell and other boot menus...using a boot menu has nothing to do with bootfix.bin in the i386 folder....what I would say is check your bin file that your using to boot the cd...hexedit it and make sure that setupldr.binbootfix.binI386 is near the bottom (there is a bunch of place holding at the bottom so it prolly isnt at the very bottom)

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I've got the system to boot from CD then Hard Drive. This way, I have full automation.

User boots CD, formats, and walks away. System reboots, waits for user to press a key, then boots from Hard Drive, and finishes installation.

Also, I'm not using a Boot menu, but even then it could be made to timeout like the CD, and just boot first Hard Drive.

Any suggestions?

edit: nope, I hexed it, and there is nothing about "setupldr.binbootfix.binI386" mentiond anywhere in the file. I'm using Hex Workshop BTW

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It's not BootFix you have to edit.

I just put it behind Boot folder and it works. It should work for you.

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When using a Microsoft Boot Sector (bootable CD) the demand:

"Press any key to boot from cd..."

is displayed ONLY if the harddrive is previously set to 'Active'

during a partitioning process.

a harddrive is usually set Active initially either by using the MSDOS program

fdisk.exe or by allowing WindowsXP to partition and format the drive.

If the drive is unpartitioned ( eg. a new harddrive or a new setup within a virtual PC) the demand is not offerred, because it already detected no other boot device present therefore requiring a CD boot.

Shark007

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Ok I'm not sure what was going on, but now its working. I've only got once instance of bootfix and its in the boot directory. It works fine now. Really strange. Thanx again for your help guys.

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