[gptalk] Re: Solution: USB DRIVE Problems winxp boot-->GPO settings?

  • From: "Piet Slaghekke" <pslaghekke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 12:42:53 -0400

Hi Mark, 
Thanks for the pointers. 
I did fixboot and fixmbr  this did not help! 
the boot.ini file is not on the usb drive.  
Also the line disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional""  is in the c drive boot.ini file. 
I think I am just going to reinstal  a new system.  this is driving me
any other ideas woudl greatly help...  but after lunch I going to
reinstall a system. 


From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Mills, Mark
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 11:22 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Solution: USB DRIVE Problems winxp boot-->GPO

Doesn't sound like a GP issue but I could be wrong.  It sounds more like
a c:\Boot.ini or Boot Manager issue.  If you open c:\boot.ini with a
text editor (such as notepad) is everything showing to boot off
"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional"" ?  Do you see any Boot.ini file on your USB key?


What is your C:\Boot.ini showing? 


If all else fails: (be sure your data is backed up to a separate system
or external HD before you do any of this...) 

1.      If you have a floppy drive, create a floppy boot disk, tell your
pc to boot off the floppy and set your boot.ini file to boot off the c:\
drive.  If it works put this boot.ini on the C:\ and tell your pc to
boot off the C:\ now. 
2.      And\Or Enter the recovery console (add it to the boot option by
going to Start > Run > typing "CDdriveLetter:\i386\winnt32 /cmdcons" ).
Once installed boot into recovery console and perform fixboot and\or a
fixmbr command. 



Mark Mills, Sr. Network Engineer

Desktop Assistance, LP

14405 Walters Road, Suite 650

Houston, Texas 77014


Office Phone:  281-444-2300 x113

Email: mark.mills@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 


From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Piet Slaghekke
Sent: June 03, 2007 10:12 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: USB DRIVE Problems winxp boot-->GPO settings?


The strangest thing  is happening:


My windows machine will only boot with a USB drive in the USB port. 

It will boot in safe mode with or without the USB drive. 

checked bios settings,   set to boot only to the SATA HD and shut off
booting from USB.


This is what happens if I boot without USB drive:   first the windows xp
screen comes up, then after a few seconds it will go to a black screen
and do nothing. 

Put the USB drive in reboot and it boots with no problems.   

The only changes I have made are to the GPO settings.   could something
in the GPO settings be causing this?



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