We started receiving the unmountable boot volume error today and I'm trying to get the Casio to boot to an external CDROM drive connected via USB. I want to run the XP Repair utility to determine if my boot.ini is corrupt.
How do I configure the BIOS to boot to the external CDROM and not to the HDD-0?
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Restart your computer during the boot process tap thef8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computerAdvanced Boot Options screen appears. Select the Safe Mode option using the up and down arrow keys, then press the ENTER key. Choose "Windows XP Home/Professional", depending on the version of the operating system. Press ENTER. Shortly, the welcome screen should show. Log in as "Administrator". Click Yes to not use System Restore Mode.
Click the Start button. Choose Run and type in "control user passwords" (without the quotes). Click OK.
Select the "Administrator" user. Click Change my password. Enter a new password in the corresponding text boxes. Click OK. Write this password down and store it in a secure placeClose the User Accounts window and restart Windows.
You can keep both Vista and XP.
Below is the way to install XP, after Vista was already installed... creating a dual boot.
First find the drivers for your network components, wireless card or nic, and save them to an external device such as a floppy disk or flash drive.
Then you will need to go into the BIOS on your computer startup. Scroll to the System Configuration tab and go down to the SATA Native Support and change its setting to Disabled. Then hit F10 to Save and Exit.
Next, insert your Windows XP CD and create the partition you wish to install XP on. After the installation is complete you should boot automatically into XP.
Now you need to move some files. First, make sure you have set your folder options to see hidden files and to show protected operating system files. Then open Windows Explorer and go to the drive where Vista is installed. Copy the folder Boot, and the files bootmgr, boot.ini, NTDETECT.COM and ntldr and paste them to the root of your XP drive.
Then download Vista Boot Pro and save it to your desktop or somewhere else that you can easily access. Unless you already have .Net Framework (v2.0 at least) it will redirect you to a Microsoft page where you can download this necessary component.
Install and run Vista Boot Pro and open the "Bootloader" tab. Select "Reinstall the Vista bootloader" and press Apply. Then go to the Manage OS Entries tab and select "Add new operating system entry" and make sure you select "Windows Legacy". Give the new entry a name (ie: Windows XP) and select the drive letter you have XP on and then select Apply. You can also choose which entry you would like as the default the system will boot to.
And now you should be able to dual boot between Vista and a previous OS.
Actually if it is continuously rebooting, it is usually because someone was holding down the trigger through a cold boot process. That's what puts it into this continuous reboot loop. To get out of it do a cold boot again (pop the battery part of the way out, hold down the power button and trigger simultaneously, and then push the battery back in while the power button and trigger are still down). But as soon as you push in the battery to the point where you hear it click, release the trigger. If you hold it in too long, the unit will start continuously rebooting.
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All Boot devices in BIOS may need to be set to "NONE". When shutting down, select "Shutdown and Restart the system, then hold the "Delete" key down while clicking the OK button. Keep holding the "Delete" key until system restarts in setup. Password that I was given is "Fireport". If that gets you access, then set all boot order configuration items to "NONE", then "Save Values and Exit". Hope it works for you as well as it did for me.
I'm assuming that you do not have a cd or floppy drive on the terminal. Well i had a similiar terminal with no cd or floppy drive and i managed to re-install the os by removing the hard drive, mounting it on an existing machine with windows 2000 machine then i copied the installation to the hard drive by using the winnt32 command ine utility.
So lets say that you remove the hard drive and mount it to another PC(In my case it was a laptop harddrive 2.5" and i needed a converter)and on the pc I formatted it and it was designated as drive G:. My cd rom is drive E:
With the windows 2000 cd rom in the drive
from the command prompt i typed
E:\i386\winnt32 /makelocalsource /syspart:G /tempdrive:G
After that completes i put back in the hard drive in the terminal and boot the terminal and i continue with setup.
I hope this was helpful!