Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

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andreas.dahl
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Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

Post by andreas.dahl » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:15 pm

Hi,

I have just read through the Release-notes. Sounds fantastic. In the eager of getting ReactOS installed on my equipment i am still unsuccessful.

Obviously there is abasic problem with installing via th USB Interface?
I have three different Laptops, A Thibkpad x201, a Thinkpad X220 and an Acer Travelmate available. All of them only have the opportunity to connect the DVD/CD-Drive via an USB interface. Alternatively install from a USB stick.

In all cases the installation halts after having loaded the NT-Kernel. (Black screen - dead)

I have also tried the last update: "bootcd-0.4.12-dev-861-g7611832-x86-gcc-lin-dbg"

Any Solutions? - or maybe schedule for sorting out this?

I beleive this should be prioritied as most of the Laptops out there since many years only habe the USB-Option (external CD/DVD Drive)

Thanks
Andreas

shunesburg
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Re: Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

Post by shunesburg » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:36 am

Normal, the USB support is not totally implement yet, but there is a new driver only for test, if I am not mistaken.

middings
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Re: Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

Post by middings » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:57 pm

Look for "How to install ReactOS from RAM disk" in the ReactOS Tutorials Forum. This may be a workaround for experimenters who have only Internet and USB connections on their test PC.

Disclaimer: At this time ReactOS is alpha level software. It is not yet feature complete. Unexpected data loss may occur. At present, ReactOS is recommended for evaluation purposes only.

Julcar
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Re: Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

Post by Julcar » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:07 am

What I did on a HP laptop is to boot from a usb stick with linux installed, and also QEMU available, so, you can install ReactOS on your laptop by referencing the physical hard disk as the hard disk for the virtual machine, only 1st stage is needed to run from QEMU, the 2nd and 3rd stage can be completed booting directly from your laptop's hard disk

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Re: Booting on laptops with only USB CD-ROM connections

Post by middings » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:06 pm

Wow, Julcar, those were some fantastic software gymnastics you performed to get ReactOS into your laptop via a USB port and USB stick. Congratulations!

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