Dell Mini 9 Discussion Discussion on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
| ||Thread Tools||Display Modes|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: Mini 9 boot time question - 12-07-2008, 11:39 PM
The XP installer is a really weak piece of software. So many people end up with two or more installations, and have to select the right one on startup even though they are all labeled EXACTLY the same.
First off...I always recommend formatting the drive, putting a new proper partition and installing XP from the CD. There is really no better way to ensure a good installation.
However, you can salvage your system if you've ended up with multiple installs.
What windows does when it installs multiple copies is creates a folder called WINDOWS.0, WINDOWS.1, and so on. Sometimes it looks more like WINDOWS2, WINDOWS3, etc. The original "WINDOWS" folder will still exist as well...probably it is the version that you were trying to get rid of.
Generally, the "active" version is the highest numbered one...in most cases (when there are two versions installed) it is WINDOWS.0 or WINDOWS2
You need to determine what partition and more importantly what FOLDER you are running windows from. Once you figure out which is your good version, you need to remove the offending line from your boot.ini, make the good partition your default, and reboot.
After that, you can delete the non-used versions of windows from your hard drive just as if you were deleting a folder.
There are some more detailed instructions here:
Join Date: Dec 2008
Re: Mini 9 boot time question - 12-09-2008, 10:00 PM
I have figured this out - thanks for the assistance. The partition configuration is correct - just one big one.
The issue was the "signature" syntax which seems to load additional, unnecessary drivers for a SCSI device which may need them. See thread here:
By changing back to the more conventional
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
The delay between the initial boot up and the Windows logo and rotating progress bar has been cut to around 1s. Not sure why the formatting and partition creation ended up with this boot routine but at least it's fixed...
Copyright © 2008-2016 MyDellMini.com.