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#1 edweird13

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 07:28 PM

I am having a problem with my unattended XP install. I can PXE boot and it starts the install process. But when it gets to "Setup is starting Windows" it hangs and never starts the windows setup. I looked at the log viewer and don't see any errors. Any ideas?

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:16 PM

I am having a problem with my unattended XP install. I can PXE boot and it starts the install process. But when it gets to "Setup is starting Windows" it hangs and never starts the windows setup. I looked at the log viewer and don't see any errors. Any ideas?


Check your settings against those of WINNER:
http://ping.windowsd...com/winner.html
http://ping.windowsd...er/doc/pxe.html


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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:40 PM

Check your settings against those of WINNER:
http://ping.windowsd...com/winner.html
http://ping.windowsd...er/doc/pxe.html


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Everything looks fine. I don't get it.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:00 PM

I figured it out. I had to enable the Guest account in windows and give Guest permissions on the share. One thing is I am getting inconsistent results on the file copy. Some files dont want to copy and it is different files every time.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 03:21 PM

I figured it out. I had to enable the Guest account in windows and give Guest permissions on the share. One thing is I am getting inconsistent results on the file copy. Some files dont want to copy and it is different files every time.


That seem like a timing problem of some kind. Strange.

Semi-random things that come to my mind:
Has the "source" directory been defragmented recently?
Has the server "too much" load?

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:35 PM

Well I put my source directory on a ramdisk and now my file copy problems have went away.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:38 PM

Could have been a filesystem/access problem?

I.e. was the source directory NTFS or FAT16/32?

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:55 PM

Could have been a filesystem/access problem?

I.e. was the source directory NTFS or FAT16/32?

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Its NTFS. Looking at my network card properties. It has flow control on and jumbo frames disabled. Maybe that could be the problem.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

TFTPD32 is working good so far. I was wondering if there is a way to speed up file transfer. When I get more than one computer connected the TFTP transfer is painfully slow.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:18 PM

Hi

Most of the times ,when CD ROM is bad or the burning process is incorrect
i see this kind of problems.

So i think you have better to test source directory and CD ROM.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:01 AM

Hi

Most of the times ,when CD ROM is bad or the burning process is incorrect
i see this kind of problems.

So i think you have better to test source directory and CD ROM.

shirin zaban


Shirin,
please note that no CD ROM was burned (or harmed in any other way :cheers:) in the making of this thread.

B)

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:09 PM

Hi edweird13,

There are 3 major components involved in your process:
1. Network. Check if network if fast enough. Link speeds, congestion or loops. I'd try cross-over cable from server to client first to see if this speeds things up. Also make note of a link speed. Gigabit would be very much desirable.
2. Server PC. Check if it is able to feed the data fast enough. If the data source is on a slow drive - put it onto the faster one. RAM drive is a very good start. Next thing to check is network link speed. Also check CPU usage. If it is a single core CPU and some process constantly sucking 100% of cycles that may slow things down too.
3. Client PC. Again link speed is the most important factor unless it is really low spec PC.

Intermittent file transfer errors can be caused by many reasons including dodgy stick of a RAM on a server or a client PC, interference on your network causing an excesive packet loss (ie heavy traffic or even loop), etc etc. If you could post us your server hardware specs and what is network setup, it might give us some more clues.

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