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Hi There,

I made an image disk of my win2000 OS using Norton Ghost Ver 7.5 (4 GB NTFS Partition)

When I make a new computer using my image , etch time i start windows and Log-On , windows is "thinking" for a moment and then AUTOMATECLY Log-Off.

What's wrong with the ghost image ?

Thanks.  
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by:Corvax021899
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Did you use the Sysprep utility to clean up the sid of the machine and prepare it for cloning?  You can download it from the microsoft web site, it's free...
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by:cbruner
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I had a similar issue a while back.  I was able to get in correctly by using the gdisk utility (Will repartition and clean-up drive) then installing.  But that was after a good sysprepping that Corvax referred too.  
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by:computech1
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There is a better Image appz then Norton Ghost ?
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by:Corvax021899
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The two best are Ghost and Drive Image Pro...That's my appinionne of course :-)
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by:computech1
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Corvax ,

I used the Syspre and it doesn't work.
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1- Is the computer the same modele with all the parts exactly the same or is there a different chipset (motherboard)?

If not make sure to use sysprep 1.1 with the currect MassStoragedevice section in the sysprep.ini file,  you must find out what chipset the PC has and what drivers that W2k will use,  add the drivers to the sysprep MassStrorage device section...  There is a readme on this in the download you made from micrsoft...

2- Are both computers ACPI compatible...This is one of the main problemes ghosting 2k.  If the computer that you are cloning is ACPI, then all other PC that you dump the image on must be ACPI.  The reverse is also the same...
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by:wallingt2
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It sound like SID duplication might be your problem.

I suggest using Ghost Walker
Ghost Walker is provided as a DOS executable file, Ghstwalk.exe, which you run at the target computer after you write the disk or partition image to the computer.

Ghost Walker changes the SID for all user profiles on the computer to a statistically-unique, randomly-generated value.
Ghstwalk.exe should be available with the version of Ghost that you are using.

NOTE: When you use Ghost Walker to change the computer name, the new name must contain the same number of characters as the computer name of the source computer.
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by:Corvax021899
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wallingt2,
Ghostwalker.exe is for WinNT 4.0, sysprep does the same thing as that application.  They even suggest using sysprep instead of ghostwalker....
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