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    Angry Cannot get image onto T60 Thinkpads

    I've taken an image of a T60 Thinkpad using FOG 0.27. All seems well. However, deploying this image is proving troublesome.

    The laptops image in their usual speedy manner but then just sit there after boot... no message or anything.

    I have used UBCD to check that the partitions are there (which they are - one for the OS and one for the IBM service partition) and the correct one is marked as active.

    I have re-imaged a single laptop on its own but the same problem occurs.

    I've tried booting into the service partition... again the same problem.

    I read the post at Error loading O/S thinking it may be the same problem but I cannot find a BIOS option to change the hard disk mode

    I really need some help... I'm running out of ideas and need to get these laptops imaged (they are all blank at the moment). This is the last job of the summer as well

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    Is it a sysprep image?
    If it is just try installing windows, upload image, deploy image to make sure it isn't an issue with the sysprep process. Start with a totally blank drive as well so you don't have any service or restore partitions in the mix.
    Last edited by morganw; 27th August 2009 at 09:30 AM.

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    The image has been sysprepped and then FOG has taken an image of the entire drive (i.e. both partitions). The drives on the machines receiving the image were completely blank to begin with.

    I want the support partition.

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    I think some people have had issues with fog and service partitions.
    I've had a multi-partition image which didn't work quite right, but that wasn't a bootable one like a service or restore and the problem could be fixed through the disk management application in Windows afterwards.
    I would try it with just one partition so then you know whether you should be directing your attention at the BIOS, SysPrep, or Fog.

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    Ok to rule out a simple issue, you did choose the correct image type ie "Multiple Partition - Single Disk"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Ok to rule out a simple issue, you did choose the correct image type ie "Multiple Partition - Single Disk"
    Yup... that's the thing... I can see the partition table is correct!

    I'm just making a DOS boot disk because there's an IBM tool that supposedly fixes similar issues.

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    Just noticed that someone on the Fog forum has exactly the same issue. No solution but at least someone else has come across this, so perhaps more to do with laptop than FOG?

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    Apparently the T-series also have issues with Ghost.

    Seems there is a solution here at Experts Exchange (but I am not a member so can't see it

    Edit: seem some posts on other forums about other cloning software having difficulties as well.

    Some people report success with disabling quick boot in BIOS (if this is an option)
    Last edited by sparkeh; 27th August 2009 at 10:49 AM.

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    I wonder if the service partition contains information specific to that laptop?

    If you boot from a Windows CD and perform a repair or repair the boot config what happens?

    Have you tried any alternative imaging products? You could also clone a hard drive directly (without running Sysprep initially) and see if this actually works. Then manually run Sysprep and re-name and join the machine to the domain with an answer file.

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    Went for a walk and got my USB floppy drive from the server room, created a DOS 6.22 boot disk and ran

    Code:
    fdisk /mbr
    The issue is resolved... FOG must mangle the MBR on those machines for some reason. An easy fix but a PITA since I have 30 to set up

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    i had issues with ibm imaging. acronis works for these machines but i did have to change the sata to compatability mode in the bios.

    Dont know if this helps.............

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