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#1 User is offline   Technomage Icon

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    Posted 03 August 2010 - 02:18 PM

    I tried searching and couldn't find anything so here goes, I built and burned several copies of 3.60 with no issues, they all work fine. I then used UBUSB to make a usb version, which I had done before on 3.5 with no issues. I get the screen to choose Launch The Ultimate Boot and when I select it, I get a black screen with flashing white cursor in the upper left hand corner. I tried letting it sit, tried it on different machines and USB keys, nothing. I did use the syslinux option as once I get this working I will be loading Katana on the drive also, which I did with v3.50 with no issues. Here is my UBUSB log:


    8/2/2010 12:09:07 PM - UBUSB Version 1.0.51

    8/2/2010 12:09:07 PM - Windows XP Service Pack 3(5.1.2600)
    8/2/2010 12:09:07 PM - Platform ID = 2
    8/2/2010 12:09:07 PM - 32-bit

    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Current Options...

    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - [Options]
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Don't Modify MBR Boot Code=0
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Don't Modify Partition Table=0
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Don't Format Partition=0
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Filesystem=Fat32 - LBA
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - BootLoader=Syslinux
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - BartPE-Folder=C:\UBCD4Win\BartPE
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Don't Copy BartPE Folder=0
    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Create CD Image for USB Boot with No Bios Support=0

    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Drive Type : Removeable Drive
    Total Cylinders are : 983
    Tracks per Cylinder are : 255
    Sectors per Track are : 63
    Bytes Per Sector are : 512

    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - WARNING!!! YOU ARE ABOUT TO WIPE OUT ALL DATA ON DISK

    \\?\usbstor#disk&ven_usb_2.0&prod_flash_disk&rev_0.00#09b6ff9425a114&0#{53f56307-b6bf-11d0-94f2-00a0c91efb8b}
    \\.\PhysicalDrive2
    Drive Letter: H:

    A single Fat32 - LBA partition will be created
    Standard XP boot code will be written to the MBR
    H: will be formatted as Fat32 - LBA
    Syslinux bootsector/bootloader will be used
    All files/folders from C:\UBCD4Win\BartPE will be copied to H:

    ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE ???

    8/2/2010 12:09:10 PM - Writing boot code to the MBR
    8/2/2010 12:10:53 PM - Clearing Partition Table... (writing 0x00 to bytes 446 through 512 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:08 PM - Clearing 0x55,AA signature from first 63 sectors... (writing 0x00,00 to bytes 511 and 512 of first 63 sectors)

    8/2/2010 12:11:37 PM - Writing new partition...

    8/2/2010 12:11:37 PM - Setting active/bootable flag for first partition (writing 0x80 to byte 447 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:37 PM - Setting starting head for first partition to 1 (writing 0x01 to byte 448 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:38 PM - Setting starting sector for first partition to 1 (writing 0x01 to byte 449 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:38 PM - Setting starting cylinder for first partition to 0 (writing 0x00 to byte 450 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:38 PM - Setting partition type for first partition to Fat32-LBA (writing 0x0C to byte 451 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:38 PM - Setting ending head for first partition to 254 (writing 0xFE to byte 452 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:39 PM - Setting ending sector for first partition to 63 and ending cylinder to 982 (writing 0x3F,3D to bytes 453 and 454 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:39 PM - Setting first sector of first partition to 63 (writing 0x3F,00,00,00 to bytes 455 through 458 of MBR)
    8/2/2010 12:11:40 PM - Partition Length = 15791832 (7856 MB)
    8/2/2010 12:11:40 PM - Setting total length for first partition (writing 0xD8,F6,F0,00 to bytes 459 through 462 of MBR
    8/2/2010 12:11:41 PM - Updating cached partition table...

    8/2/2010 12:11:41 PM - Partition Table Successfully Updated.
    8/2/2010 12:11:41 PM - Running C:\UBCD4Win\touchdrv.exe
    8/2/2010 12:11:42 PM - Extracting mkdosfs.exe

    8/2/2010 12:11:42 PM - Formatting volume H: as Fat32 - LBA

    8/2/2010 12:11:42 PM - C:\UBCD4Win\mkdosfs.exe -v -F 32 -n UBUSB H: 15791832

    8/2/2010 1:24:19 PM - Copying files/folders from C:\UBCD4Win\BartPE to H:

    8/2/2010 2:08:10 PM - Renaming H:\i386 to H:\minint
    8/2/2010 2:08:13 PM - Creating H:\winbom.ini
    8/2/2010 2:08:16 PM - Running C:\UBCD4Win\touchdrv.exe
    8/2/2010 2:08:18 PM - Using existing H:\syslinux directory.
    8/2/2010 2:08:18 PM - Extracting H:\syslinux\vesamenu.c32
    8/2/2010 2:08:19 PM - Extracting H:\syslinux\chain.c32
    8/2/2010 2:08:20 PM - Deleting existing H:\syslinux\UBCD4Win.bss
    8/2/2010 2:08:21 PM - Creating H:\syslinux\UBCD4Win.bss from current boot sector
    8/2/2010 2:08:23 PM - Using existing H:\CMDC directory
    8/2/2010 2:08:23 PM - Renaming H:\CMDC to H:\CMDCONS
    8/2/2010 2:08:24 PM - H:\CMDCONS exists
    8/2/2010 2:08:25 PM - Creating new H:\CMDCONS\winnt.sif
    8/2/2010 2:08:26 PM - Deleting existing H:\syslinux\cmdc.bss
    8/2/2010 2:08:27 PM - Creating H:\syslinux\cmdc.bss from current boot sector
    8/2/2010 2:08:31 PM - Extracting C:\UBCD4Win\syslinux.exe
    8/2/2010 2:08:31 PM - Running C:\UBCD4Win\syslinux.exe H: -f
    8/2/2010 2:08:34 PM - Deleting C:\UBCD4Win\syslinux.exe
    8/2/2010 2:08:38 PM - Copying emptyregdb.dat to H:\minint
    8/2/2010 2:08:39 PM - Copying C:\WINDOWS\Registration\*.* to H:\minint\Registration
    8/2/2010 2:08:43 PM - Copying C:\UBCD4Win\UBUSB.exe to H:
    8/2/2010 2:08:58 PM - Finished!

    Any thoughts on what the problem is and how I might fix it? This is my goto tool for support work, and I really like being able to have it on a flash drive.

    This post has been edited by Technomage: 03 August 2010 - 02:21 PM

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    #2 User is offline   justinh Icon

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      Posted 11 August 2010 - 07:41 PM

      I have the same problem with v3.60. I boot off the USB flash drive an almost immediately it goes to a black screen with just a "j" and a blinking cursor. I'm not real confident how to use the UBUSB tool, but I have used it successfully before.

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        Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:02 AM

        View Postjustinh, on 11 August 2010 - 08:41 PM, said:

        it goes to a black screen with just a "j" and a blinking cursor.

        Adjust mbr boot code.
        http://www.ubcd4win.com/...indpost&p=81024
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          Posted 25 November 2010 - 05:33 PM

          Same here. Ran UBUSB with Syslinux for bootloader, then ran syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin, got blinking cursor instead of Windows. Is this what you mean by adjusting boot code? Because I couldn't find anything following that link :(
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            Posted 26 November 2010 - 02:53 PM

            View Postasmodeus, on 25 November 2010 - 05:33 PM, said:

            got blinking cursor
            Do you get a blinking cursor only?
            Do you get a blinking cursor only?
            Do you get a "j" and a blinking cursor?
            That's two different cases.

            View Postasmodeus, on 25 November 2010 - 05:33 PM, said:

            Is this what you mean by adjusting boot code? Because I couldn't find anything following that link :(

            Kid's, don't do this at home. You may destroy data.

            Get a new mbr.bin from syslinux again.

            Run a hexeditor.
            Open mbr.bin. Open disk.
            Copy and paste 440 bytes to MBR.
            http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
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              Posted 26 November 2010 - 03:13 PM

              View Postcdob, on 26 November 2010 - 02:53 PM, said:

              Get a new mbr.bin from syslinux again.

              Run a hexeditor.
              Open mbr.bin. Open disk.
              Copy and paste 440 bytes to MBR.
              http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/


              Which disk?
              Copy starting where?
              Paste where - beginning, end, specific offset?
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                Posted 26 November 2010 - 04:42 PM

                View Postasmodeus, on 26 November 2010 - 03:13 PM, said:

                Which disk?
                The disk you like to edit. Most likely your USB drive.

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                Copy starting where?
                0x0

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                Paste where - beginning, end, specific offset?
                Learn MBR http://en.wikipedia....ter_boot_record
                Boot code starts at 0x0, size 440 bytes.
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                #8 User is offline   asmodeus Icon

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                  Posted 26 November 2010 - 05:18 PM

                  View Postcdob, on 26 November 2010 - 04:42 PM, said:

                  View Postasmodeus, on 26 November 2010 - 03:13 PM, said:

                  Which disk?
                  The disk you like to edit. Most likely your USB drive.

                  Quote

                  Copy starting where?
                  0x0

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                  Paste where - beginning, end, specific offset?
                  Learn MBR http://en.wikipedia....ter_boot_record
                  Boot code starts at 0x0, size 440 bytes.


                  I'm getting "Boot error" doing that. Pasting first 440 bytes (section length = 440) from mbr.bin to sector 0 of my USB drive. The mbr.bin I'm using is the one that is in UBCD4Win\plugin\Multiboot-003\USB-Boot\files\.
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                    Posted 26 November 2010 - 06:34 PM

                    View Postasmodeus, on 26 November 2010 - 05:18 PM, said:

                    The mbr.bin I'm using is the one that is in UBCD4Win\plugin\Multiboot-003\USB-Boot\files\.
                    There is no mbr.bin by default.

                    Syslinux: http://syslinux.zytor.com/
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                      Posted 26 November 2010 - 08:32 PM

                      View Postcdob, on 26 November 2010 - 06:34 PM, said:

                      View Postasmodeus, on 26 November 2010 - 05:18 PM, said:

                      The mbr.bin I'm using is the one that is in UBCD4Win\plugin\Multiboot-003\USB-Boot\files\.
                      There is no mbr.bin by default.

                      Syslinux: http://syslinux.zytor.com/


                      That's strange, because there was one at that location.

                      Anyway, I used mbr.bin from syslinux distribution and now I'm getting two "Multiple active partitions" errors. USB stick only has one partition.
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                        Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:05 PM

                        Post the partition table (bytes 446 to 512 of sector 0) of your usb drive here.
                        If you're afraid of taking any chances then the chances are great that you will never learn anything

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                          Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:09 PM

                          View Postpcuser, on 26 November 2010 - 11:05 PM, said:

                          Are there multiple active partitions? Post your partition table here or a link to download your mbr.bin


                          No, stick has one and only partition, as created by UBUSB with syslinux bootloader.

                          mbr.bin from syslinux distro.
                          MBR from USB stick that is being replaced - in other words, UBUSB syslinux MBR. This is where I pasted that first mbr.bin.

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                            Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:34 PM

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                            Ran UBUSB with Syslinux for bootloader, then ran syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin, got blinking cursor instead of Windows.


                            Why did you run "syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin" to begin with? UBUSB should already produce a bootable usb drive.
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                              Posted 27 November 2010 - 12:41 AM

                              View Postpcuser, on 26 November 2010 - 11:34 PM, said:

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                              Ran UBUSB with Syslinux for bootloader, then ran syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin, got blinking cursor instead of Windows.


                              Why did you run "syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin" to begin with? UBUSB should already produce a bootable usb drive.


                              It boots to menu but doesn't boot Windows. That's the topic. I ran "syslinux -ma g: mbr.bin" in hopes that it would change it but it didn't, probably because that's what UBUSB runs anyway. cdob suggested to "adjust the boot code" and that's what I'm trying to do now.

                              But the goal is to make a USB stick that doesn't just boot to the menu but actually allows to boot Windows with all those useful tools, whatever the way to achieve that.
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                                Posted 29 November 2010 - 01:43 PM

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