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    Ghosting HP 6735s laptop

    Hi everyone

    Happy New Year! We used to order HP 6720s laptops and have had no problems with them. Now HP have replaced this model with the 6735s, which is similar in most ways, but has had some cosmetic changes and some chipset modifications. Anyway.... we can't Ghost them. We have three, and have successfully built one to use as a source image; but Ghost just won't "see" the hard disk. We've tried going to IDE mode in the BIOS (disabling SATA native mode) but with no success.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?!

    Many thanks
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    Is there a "compatibility" mode in the BIOS? Had a similar problem with some Tosh's and that sorted it out. (Though I suspect that compatibility and IDE modes are pretty much the same).

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    Unfortunately not. It's clearly "all new" - a fancy GUI bios, with a mouse pointer and buttons!

    I agree with you that "IDE mode" is probably synonymous with compatibility mode.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    Is there a "compatibility" mode in the BIOS? Had a similar problem with some Tosh's and that sorted it out. (Though I suspect that compatibility and IDE modes are pretty much the same).

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    What version of ghost are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    What version of ghost are you using?
    Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 (I believe this is the latest at the moment)

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    We just recived one of these yesterday, It doesn't even think it has a hard drive so its going back.

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    If it does not work under compatibility mode you may need to use a different form of imaging like WDS as it appears that hp only provide Windows drivers for the storage controller in question now:

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...tem=ob-61695-1

    You could try upgrading the BIOS to the latest version just to check that this does not enable the required backwards compatibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    You could try upgrading the BIOS to the latest version just to check that this does not enable the required backwards compatibility.
    Yes, thought of trying that - but the laptops already have the latest version. As for using a different imaging system, I suspect that may be the only solution (at least for now) - which is a bit of a pain, really, as we currently have every model of machine Ghosted onto a NAS server, and we've built our own custom USB bootstick that enables us to go to any machine and reimage it - so no large collection of boot disks, CDs, etc.

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    Could you make a winpe image with the mass storage drivers integrated and run ghost32?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW View Post
    Could you make a winpe image with the mass storage drivers integrated and run ghost32?
    Sounds intriguing - and definitely worth a go. I've not touched WinPE before, though - any pointers as to where to begin?!

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    Walkthrough: Create a Custom Windows PE Image

    Have a look at this, off the top of my head (really rough) you will need to do something like

    Create a PE image and mount it
    Inject the mass storage and lan drivers
    copy in ghost32
    amend startnet.cmd? to lauch ghost
    unmount image and put it on wds or usb flash cd etc

    Or something like that

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    I've just had the same problem with some 6735b's.

    Our old version of Ghost (8.0) did not work with these machines.

    Solution Suite 2 does. However you have to load the Win PE first, and then load Ghost from the command prompt as PeterW has said.

    The Ghost boot disc wizard can do this automatically for you.

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    The Ghost boot disc wizard can do this automatically for you.
    That must take away all the fun (but save you a hell of a lot of time).

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    After using a variety of imaging methods (from taking-the-hard-drive-out-and-sticking-it-in-another-PC up) including Ghost, I've just started using Windows PE and Imagex... it's basically like DOS but with network support and boots from a USB pen or CD - I create a batch file to format c:, map the drive and then deploy the image - works really well and you don't have to go digging for DOS drivers

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    We struggled to get our HP 6715s Imaged, had to use the -NOIDE switch when launching ghost in dos

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