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Fix for weird boot problems on real hardware

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:28 pm
by Peterbjornx
Does your PC install ReactOS fine to a IDE hard disk , but you've also got SATA disks and it wont boot after restart, giving errors about loading registry hive's, bluescreens or just restarts automatically; this is the result of a FreeLoader bug that will not report a nonexistant installation in combination with a installer bug that writes wrong ARC paths, so to fix this you have to:

1. Go to Computer Management in your Windows installation and open Disk Management
2. Look up your ReactOS disk and partition
3. Write down the disk number ,disk number is given to you by the management console
4. Write down partition number,Partition number has to be calculated manually, first partition is 1.
5. Put these in your ReactOS's freeldr.ini in the following format

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SystemPath=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk( disk number )partition( partition number )\ReactOS
6. Reboot and (hopefully) enjoy.

Example of what the installer made for me and what i used to make it work:

Installers path:

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Correct path:

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Re: Fix for weird boot problems on real hardware

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:31 pm
by EmuandCo

Re: Fix for weird boot problems on real hardware

Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:13 pm
by vicmarcal

Could you tell us how many disks,size,format, and kind of partitions(primary,extended) do you have in your PC?
If we can recreate your harddisks structure then we can find the bug more easily :)
Thanks :)