Pass Table Check
I was trying to figure out if there is a way to force fog to not check if the file table is correct upon deployment.
Reason I am looking into this is further testing from this original post: [url]http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/image-with-oem-recovery-partition.9920/[/url]
This is basically a fresh Windows 7 SP1 x64 install. Besides the point where I work off of what what on the machine from factory (recovery partitions).
I am trying to stay away from doing a fresh install as we want to keep the key that came installed and not use up the few we have left.
-The OEM preinstalled a OEM key that only works with their installation partitions. Also, the slapped the Windows 8 sticker on it not giving a windows 7 key sticker.
If we do use Windows Backup and Recovery, everything works fine. I would love to use fog on this to keep an images not stored on random externals.
So far I have tried the following:
-Multi-Part, Single Disk
-OS as Windows 7
-OS as Other (Currently downloading to second PC to see what happens*)
*Reason for posting: I noticed fog check and notify me that the table looks corrupt. before restoring the partitions)
Found some software on the master for making recovery discs. Sorry for not looking for this sooner, I’m looking over the mountain instead of at the base.
If these work, I may remake the image quickly on the second to have an image.
Still wondering what Panasonic has on these causing fog to think the File Table is corrupt.
Thank you Tom.
Also, almost relevant for how I feel:
Quote from Simpsons, Ned Flander’s Mother:
[QUOTE]You gotta help us, Doc. We’ve tried nothin’ and we’re all out of ideas.[/QUOTE]
While I realize the frustration of it, I do believe a dd image would work for your current situation. However, I would look to see if Panasonic gave you DVD Recovery software on the system. Usually it’ll allow you to create your OS Install disc, and the Driver/Application Discs. This “Recovery” DVD should then contain the same type of key that you expressed about the HP Systems. That said, the document I attached, theoretically works on any OEM Key’d system. This is because the OEM Activation information is Loaded into the BIOS, not an actual Key persay.
Update: Finished downloading the image with OS as Other with no avail.
It has tried startup repair and failed.
Something with the file table how Panasonic has set up needs to stay the same from time of taking image to deployment.
I have noticed fog looking at the file table and stating that it looks corrupt but the primary looks intact so it will use that.
Almost sounds like it is taking what looks like a file table from the reinstallation recovery partition and trying to reconfigure how it should be.
Would a dd Image be a good idea?
All software and drivers were already installed, would I have to go back and redo everything upon factory recovery and going into audit mode?
Throwing this out there, I have done HP desktops with OEM keys without having to go into audit mode and they image fine. They didn’t have full on recovery partitions though, they gave DVDs, which is nice.)
This has to be something with how the partitions are set up on these Panasonic laptops.
I am not seeing a way to try a fresh install while keeping the OEM key working. (Looks like Panasonic does not offer install DVDs for this model I have)
It would be nice if Panasonic gave installation DVDs.
I am missing the days when OEMs did this by default.
OEM keys are SLIC embedded keys. They will still work, if you have the manufacturer’s OS installation cd.
It’s based on the Key.
Windows also has come out with information to help others with OEM activations and the like. Please see the attached.
[url="/_imported_xf_attachments/0/563_Preserving OEM Activation.txt?:"]Preserving OEM Activation.txt[/url]