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I'm having problems getting new HP 2133 mini's to boot to Ghost client via USB. It gets to "Starting PC Dos..." as usual and then hangs from there. I've tried various driverswith the main ones being - a universal packet driver, Broadcom BCM57xx, Broadcom Netxtreme family v.6.46.
Now I have resorted to install the client via the console and it see the computer but I've got 130 of these to deploy and would like to boot to the ghost client without having to set up windows and all first.

Broadcom Netlink Gigabit Ethernet is what's listed in device manager.

Thanks for this and any other suggestions given.

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these 3 should solve your problem.

I use a bootable ghost CD with the TCPIP universal drivers floppy as the boot image with some changes to allow for different kinds of IDE/ SATA drives


network boot Universal TCP/IP Network Bootdisk is a DOS bootdisk that
http://www.netbootdisk.com/

Ghost bootable
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f3/norton-ghost-bootable-cd-153755/

SATA CDROM boot

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/on-technology.nsf/0/02757dcb0c3c1ed68825734e0059c0b8?OpenDocument&seg=en&lg=en&ct=uk


You should also be able to put this on a USB key.


I hope this helps !
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Well it seems to have worked, I think? was able to create a usb boot drive with the netboot disk info. Then I added the ghost client onto the drive and was able to boot-open the clent and connect to a "generic" ghostcast. I stopped there because I hadn't yet pulled an image from one yet. Which has lead me to a new problem which being able to create an image.

I have a mini set up with XPpro and have the ghostclient installed. The console sees the machine and proceeds to pull an image but stops (hangs) shortly there after. This seems to be a problem with the HP mini's but the only thing I've found on it is to set the HDD to compatibility mode from native (which didn't make a difference).

I know this is considered outside the scope of the initial question but if you have any ideas that might pertain to it let me know.  
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WHat does the Ghost server log show ?

I would just ghost it to a mapped drive via the boot CD, easier, but it is not as automated ( although you could do this also via the ghost command line )

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Honestly, in the few years I've used ghost I've never had to look at or for a server log so I'm not sure where on would be located. Its honestly ran that good and on what's probably considered its default settings.  But when it hangs I have to just stop the image pull which is usually about 3-5 % complete. The speed starts out at around 1000 MB/min the slowly drops to around 400 when it just stops. So with that I'm not sure if logs would show anything except user interuption when I resort to cancel the task.
I honestly can't see what I'm doing differently with taking an image from this model than what I've done with other Dell and Gateway machines. Are these mini's really that different from other standard laptops?

Just to kind of reverse the process a bit I started the new image task in the console and then proceeded to boot my source machine off the usb drive that I created earlier and then connect to the session. The results are the same only that it hung at 1%.
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UPDATE-

I don't know if it's coincidental but using command switches seem to get me further in the process - up to 12% on one try.

Found these commands on the net-
(-fna -fnu) together though I couldn't find any info on them in the help file
(-fni) by itself
(-noide) by itself. But agian saw no refernence to this command in the help file. I'm running 11.0.2
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SysExpert- Sorry for the delay acceptance. Your boot strategy wokred for me but end the end I wound up having to update the BIOS as it kept hanging up during the ghost process. HP's latest revision ultimately did the trick. Thanks again. -Russ
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