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Intellistation Dreaded "ntldr not found"

2 IBM Intellistation Pro 6221-GE1

each one same problem.

After a boot, the dreaded "can't find NTLDR"

I tried an auto repair from the XP Pro install disk
reflash BIOs
then recovery console:
Fixboot
Chkdsk
Fixmbr
bootcfig
Copy ntldr and detntndr the disk


the disk seems to have all of my data and will show up on other computers. Although, they won't boot other computers either.
nothing seems to work. I ran bcupdate...it said teh drive was already updated.

the only thing that seems to work is if I buy a new drive and format it and install XP on different computer then install the drive in IBM intellistation. This has happened more than once, and I suspect that it will happen again.


Help:)

Thanks
Steve

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  • steveoyoung Apr 21, 2009

    I'm not getting it...there has never been a net boot on either of these machines. It is random, i have even tried putting in a new drive and formatting it on the intellistation... the drive get corrupted and acn't be recovered. i think somewhere there is a piece of code that is writing boot block. If i format and install on an other machine everything is fine.



    Can i disable the net boot stuff?



    Thanks again



    Steve

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You have the solution given the fact that the IBM netloader wants to be subordinant to a loaded OS on a different drive acting as server when used on a thin client like the Intellistation. Unless carried as a portion of the registry of an MS OS, XP or Vista will drop it unless registered with a NetUpdate as a standing part of the registry. But most sysops conduct updates without all clients active so that some will inevitably be dropped, which is why the best strategy is to conduct updates on Off Hours when all clients can be up without human interaction, impossible during the workday, unless you deactivate an entire set of nodes for the purpose.

Run a reregistry while the Intellistation is on and active but without an operator and your problem should disappear more permanently.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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    Maurice B Thomas Apr 22, 2009

    Unusual, since the Intellistations I have worked with usually require a server and netboot, but I have been tempted to set up an Intellistation with its own bootloader and then layed down until the feeling went away, given the crippled state of a thin client's having very little in the way of defensive geography to load firewalls, et al.

    I do not recommend disabling the netboot on any Intellistation, and though I know how you feel, the device was designed as a thin client so as to disallow the setup of all kinds of stuff, like games, etc. that just make a sysop's day go way downhill.

    The Intellistation was designed as a secure station to participate in the commerce of Enterprise shared software and even SAAS market so as to not allow a user to bring his own.

    Suggest that you simply use it in conjunction, as I thought you were, with a fully configured Network server.

    Least cost alternative to expensive Network software is Ubuntu Server on any other Desktop that you wish to use.

    Hope that helps.


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