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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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It's possible to get a bootcd with screen debugging, but you have to build your own iso (adding "Options=/DEBUG /DEBUGPORT=SCREEN" at the end of boot/bootdata/bootcd.ini), and it might not work great because people rarely do it.

That's why it'll likely be more fruitful to try the livecd and select the "Screen" option there (and don't select VGA mode). That should hopefully be able to show some diagnostics as it boots up, a photo of which might tell us where it gets stuck.

It's rather unusual for ROS to encounter problems with the graphics driver (because we only use VESA/VGA), but your test with VGA mode indeed points in that direction. Issues there tend to come from the kernel's VM86 mode implementation, which is used to run video BIOS routines while in 32 bit mode. Let's see if screen debugging gives any hints.

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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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OK, I'll try live CD in screen mode and keep you posted ;)

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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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Right, I went through the "screen" process (loads of code lines) and have now come to the window to either use live CD or install ReactOS.
I tried installing the OS but got the error message : "Userinit failed to start the installer" ; so I've come back to the page offering to use Live or install. No choice there, I selected Live CD and have now got to the desktop.
So what should I now do ? This is good, but would be great if I could install the OS :/
Many thanks

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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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ThFabba wrote:It's possible to get a bootcd with screen debugging, but you have to build your own iso (adding "Options=/DEBUG /DEBUGPORT=SCREEN" at the end of boot/bootdata/bootcd.ini), and it might not work great because people rarely do it.

That's why it'll likely be more fruitful to try the livecd and select the "Screen" option there (and don't select VGA mode). That should hopefully be able to show some diagnostics as it boots up, a photo of which might tell us where it gets stuck.

It's rather unusual for ROS to encounter problems with the graphics driver (because we only use VESA/VGA), but your test with VGA mode indeed points in that direction. Issues there tend to come from the kernel's VM86 mode implementation, which is used to run video BIOS routines while in 32 bit mode. Let's see if screen debugging gives any hints.
What I think ThFabba meant was to take a picture of the code, and or video, so that more debug info could be concluded. ... Please do that and post the screenshots or link to video here. Thank you.
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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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Oh right, I see ! Well pictures would be blurred, the whole process takes a few seconds only. I'll take a video but how do I post this here ?! :?

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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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phoenix63 wrote:Oh right, I see ! Well pictures would be blurred, the whole process takes a few seconds only. I'll take a video but how do I post this here ?! :?
Upload it on youtube and give us a link to it
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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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phoenix63 wrote:Oh right, I see ! Well pictures would be blurred, the whole process takes a few seconds only. I'll take a video but how do I post this here ?! :?
If it is not possible to speed up the camcorder, then it will be too blurred to be of use. If you can successfully record the debug output, then make a Jira report and upload it to Jira.

What I would suggest is, install a Linux distro and install VirtualBox VM and use tty0tty with a terminal like putty and save the debug to a file. There is a section in the Layman's Guide that covers tty0tty, also there is instruction in the Wiki about pipes. Take look at this https://www.reactos.org/wiki/VirtualBox
Please keep the Windows classic (9x/2000) look and feel.
The layman's guides to - debugging - bug reporting - compiling - ISO remaster.
They may help you with a problem, so do have a look at them.

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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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I've managed to film the process OK ; it takes a bit of time to upload to youtube, but I'll post the video as soon as I get the link ; I just hope it will be usable by the ReactOS team

@oldman : you're asking me something a bit complicated for me I'm afraid :(

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here is the link : https://youtu.be/JAKlEDOtXo8

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Gonna have to wait to watch the vid...
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Re: cannot install ReactOS with boot CD

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no problem ;) :)

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mrmajik45 wrote:Have you seen my wiki user page?

https://reactos.org/wiki/User:Mrmajik45
yes

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