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#1 ispy

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:03 PM

Hi all ;) ,

Explanations are in order!

by the "The Fantastic 3 & 1/2" - A Quickie note to amalux, I looked at my first attempt at writing an "Overview document" & then compared it to the latest release & although I may have compiled the "E" Book both you, Jaclaz, & Galapo have provided most of the content & direction. It is for this reason I would call it a joint effort, "we will sink together, or swim together on this production LOL!" Anyway, many thanks for all the contributions!

The question is "What on earth is BootSDI"?
The answer, I hope you will find in the attached BSDI.ZIP file below & also in this following quote to wet your appetite?

The SDI kit is a large file, akin to say, ibmbio.sys

It is loaded at 07c00 because that is the position that the chip expects to find boot code.

Once it is loaded, it creates a ramdisk cdrom, and unpacks boot.wim into it. The ramdisk is held in memory and the keys are passed through to the ramdisk driver. The image is then started. Specifically, control is passed to the nt kernel (ntoskrnl.exe), and it takes over loading things. The edi code is then dropped from memory.

SDI loaders are used in some other architectures.

W for Wendy

Basically you will be downloading an "E" Book (A self contained [.EXE] executable portable file that will run from just about anywhere) or electronic book which is essentially a html file complete with Hyper links, both internal to bookmarked chapter headings and URL links to external web pages. The "E" Book has a "Contents Headings section which permits you the user to jump to any chapter & then once you have read the relevant section, jump back to the "Contents section" e.g. [Return to contents] to assist quick easy navigation. There is a toolbar header with self explanatory icons to aid you in the usage of this "E" Book. The "E" book will open with a Splash message "Welcome to BootSDI" depress "OK" & the Book will open, to close you will be given a further splash message "Bon Voyage", again depress "OK" & the "E" Book will close.

N.B. I have found one minor niggling bug in the software that runs the "E" Book when you depress the "Back" button (from visiting an external URL link) on the top toolbar you have to depress it twice, otherwise it will not reload the the page!

Remember this is an "Overview" NOT a "How to" of BootSDI. Look upon it as companion information to tutorials like amalux's
"Newcomer's Tutorial - LiveXP with Optional BootSDI!" found here http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=4111

All that is left to say is ENJOY!

Regards & Best Wishes,

Ladies 1st! Wendy, Jaclaz, amalux, Galapo & ispy :thumbup:

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#2 Nuno Brito

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:16 PM

Wow.. ;)

Those pages pretty much sum up everything that I've been learned or read over the past 3 years and even taught me a few more nice and interesting details that I wasn't aware of, that's really something special.

Would expect to find some errors while reading since this is the first release but I'm very happy to see that this was not the case.

Your way to write this sort of documentation is very easy on eyes and helps to focus on the main points which kept away the boredom of reading long and monotonous texts.

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My personal thank you to everyone involved, it's a very good document! :thumbup:

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:03 PM

I been strugglin for days to create a disk image to boot over PXE. I managed to do it with BartPE Builder, but that tool is kinda obsolete now, and i want to learn to do it with winbuilder,
ne way, i tried to download this tutorial and got...

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anyone know where i can get it?

thanks

#4 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:08 PM

anyone know where i can get it?

The attachment system was disabled to try and limit traffic problems on the server :cheers:, now it is working again. :cheers:

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 02:35 AM

attachment file is empty...............!!!!

#6 AceInfinity

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:08 PM

I seen somewhere on another forum that Jaclaz created a smaller 300kb Boot.sdi. I'm sure I could provide that attachement seeing as he posted it publicly on another forum (and possibly somewhere on this forum as well), but I won't just in case. If someone needs it, maybe I can link to it?

#7 bee4u

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:53 PM

well the link plz..

#8 Rui Paz

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:02 AM

Hi,

This is the small boot.sdi i use got it from MSFN forum created by Joakim...
http://www.msfn.org/...di/page__st__20

My upload:
http://www.datafileh...d-76140de9.html

#9 joakim

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:34 AM

Just to clear things up: I don't think "my" boot.sdi has anything to do with this thread.. BootSDI here refers a slightly mislabeled ramboot project based nt5.x.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:25 PM

Yep, i probably should have quoted AceInfinity post.

#11 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:59 PM

Yep, i probably should have quoted AceInfinity post.


Which is completely OT :ph34r:

BTW, jaclaz did not create anything, joakim did (jaclaz may have contributed by sharing a couple initial hints ;))

BOOTSDI, won an award in 2007 (completely fake, of course :whistling:):
http://reboot.pro/1580/page__st__61
read a few posts starting from the above to see what the mis-named BOOTSDI is about (which is "ramdisk booting through ramdisk.sys and Windows 2003 SP1 SETUPLDR.BIN")

Please find here:
http://www.filefacto...da6e/n/BSDI.zip
a copy of Ispy's document.
WARNING: It is a compiled (exe) self-extracting/self-viewing document

:cheers:
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

thx 4 the file :1st:

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 03:13 PM


Which is completely OT :ph34r:

BTW, jaclaz did not create anything, joakim did (jaclaz may have contributed by sharing a couple initial hints ;))

BOOTSDI, won an award in 2007 (completely fake, of course :whistling:):
http://reboot.pro/1580/page__st__61
read a few posts starting from the above to see what the mis-named BOOTSDI is about (which is "ramdisk booting through ramdisk.sys and Windows 2003 SP1 SETUPLDR.BIN")

Please find here:
http://www.filefacto...da6e/n/BSDI.zip
a copy of Ispy's document.
WARNING: It is a compiled (exe) self-extracting/self-viewing document

:cheers:
Wonko


I did realize that after I viewed his post on MSFN, but I forgot to edit the post I had lol




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