ARGH! No Entries *.ini found?!?!?


OEM A.C.T. (OEM Activation Control Technology)
This is a method that allows you to create a Windows XP Setup disk that has Multiple Manufacturer oembios.* files on it. During installation a script is run that determines what oembios.* files are needed for the system so that you will have a pre-activated install. This will help lessen the times that you need to call Microsoft for activation. :D

ARGH! No Entries *.ini found?!?!?

Postby 1337 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:22 pm

Ok, I followed the directions for using OEMscan to the T...exactly and precisely...

Tried with both XP Home SP3 OEM source (not Dell or anything, true generic OEM disc) and an XP Pro SP3 slipstreamed OEM Dell disc source...Same error. The XP Home SP3 disc is untouched. Just ripped files from the ISO.

Tried integrating from a different PC running Windows XP, same error.
Checked md5s of all files (rvm integrator, oemscan addon) and all are good.

I can't seem to shake this problem, please help!





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2010-04-22_20.25.46
Log Startup @ 20:25:46 local time, on April 22, 2010.

Running OS: WIN_XP Service Pack 3 X86
RVMIntegrator v1.6

"C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\Desktop\RVM_Integrator_1.6\RVM_Integrator_1.6.exe"

20:25:46  - English - Windows XP Professional x86 - OEM SP3 Found
20:25:52  - English - Windows XP Home x86 - OEM SP3 Found
20:26:02  -
20:26:02  - Source Drive         = C:\ISOs\XP HOME SP3 CONTENTS
20:26:02  - Destination Drive    = C:\ISOs\XP HOME SP3 CONTENTS
20:26:02  - Destination Size     = 21.49 GB
20:26:02  - Working Directory    = C:\ISOs\XP HOME SP3 CONTENTS\I386
20:26:02  - Temp Directory       = C:\ISOs\XP HOME SP3 CONTENTS\I386\rvmtemp
20:26:02  -
20:26:02  - Starting Integration
20:26:02  -
20:26:02  - Checking Destination For OS Type.
20:26:02  - English - Windows XP Home x86 - OEM SP3 Found
20:26:02  -
20:26:02  - Extracting OEMSCAN_1.4.1_MR_SMARTEPANTS_ADDON_MULTIOEM_1.8.5.1_empty.7z
20:27:10  -     MD5 Hash = ce086ba7fb9048864667956559e0bd7b
20:27:10  - Clearing any Read Only Attributes.
20:27:21  -
20:27:21  - Gathering temp files
20:27:21  - Shifting Stuff Around
20:27:41  - 217  Files Moved in 19 Seconds
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Postby mr_smartepants » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:28 pm

The problem is not with the addon or your XP source, but with RVMI itself.
Have you altered the addon? The MD5 doesn't match the download page. But if you added anything, the MD5 would have changed, so not to worry.
Have you tried using the latest beta? RVM_Integrator_1.6.1b2.1.exe
Move the RVM_Integrator_1.6.exe to a new folder "test". Just the .exe, not any .ini files or subfolders. Then execute RVMI from the new location "test".
This will start RVMI fresh with no corrupted cache or .ini to worry about. RVMI will rebuild the folder structure and start with a blank .ini.
Make all your selections again and see if that fixes it.

Sometimes RVMI gets something stuck in its throat and needs this Heimlich maneuver to clear it.
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Postby 1337 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:27 am

mr_smartepants wrote:The problem is not with the addon or your XP source, but with RVMI itself.
Have you altered the addon? The MD5 doesn't match the download page. But if you added anything, the MD5 would have changed, so not to worry.
Have you tried using the latest beta? RVM_Integrator_1.6.1b2.1.exe
Move the RVM_Integrator_1.6.exe to a new folder "test". Just the .exe, not any .ini files or subfolders. Then execute RVMI from the new location "test".
This will start RVMI fresh with no corrupted cache or .ini to worry about. RVMI will rebuild the folder structure and start with a blank .ini.
Make all your selections again and see if that fixes it.

Sometimes RVMI gets something stuck in its throat and needs this Heimlich maneuver to clear it.


Hi, thanks for your prompt response.

I only altered the addon by adding the appropriate OEMBios files, and inserting SLP keys, that's it.
I will try the latest beta now, and I will also try building using a Vista machine later today, and I will even try building directly from a CD (as opposed to a ripped folder).

I'll let you know how it turns out, thanks again![color="Silver"]

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[/color]Just tried the beta, and I get the same error message. Tried moving the original 1.6 version into a new folder, and still get the error.[color="Silver"]

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[/color]Ok this is really weird...I moved all files around to a lower folder structure (closer to C:\ drive) and I used the unaltered OEMscan .7z file...success

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2010-04-23_11.05.33
Log Startup @ 11:05:33 local time, on April 23, 2010.

Running OS: WIN_XP Service Pack 3 X86
RVMIntegrator v1.6

"C:\OEMSCANTEST\RVMI\RVM_Integrator_1.6.exe"

11:05:45  - English - Windows XP Home x86 - OEM SP3 Found
11:06:49  -
11:06:49  - Source Drive         = C:\ISOs\XPHOMESP3CONTENTSFOROEMSCAN
11:06:49  - Destination Drive    = C:\ISOs\XPHOMESP3CONTENTSFOROEMSCAN
11:06:49  - Destination Size     = 21.84 GB
11:06:49  - Working Directory    = C:\ISOs\XPHOMESP3CONTENTSFOROEMSCAN\I386
11:06:49  - Temp Directory       = C:\ISOs\XPHOMESP3CONTENTSFOROEMSCAN\I386\rvmtemp
11:06:49  -
11:06:49  - Starting Integration
11:06:49  -
11:06:49  - Checking Destination For OS Type.
11:06:49  - English - Windows XP Home x86 - OEM SP3 Found
11:06:49  -
11:06:50  - Extracting OEMSCAN_1.4.1_MR_SMARTEPANTS_ADDON_MULTIOEM_1.8.5.7z
11:06:57  -     MD5 Hash = d0f641e34f6a8532b00939cb538ebddc
11:06:57  - Clearing any Read Only Attributes.
11:07:17  -
11:07:17  - Gathering temp files
11:07:18  - Processing new .CAT files found in SVCPACK
11:07:18  -
11:07:18  - Shifting Stuff Around
11:07:36  - 133  Files Moved in 17 Seconds
11:07:36  - Analyzing 1 Entry Files
11:07:36  - Processing OEMSCAN 1.4.1 Addon for multi-system installs v1.8.5/mr_smartepants   Build Date: 2010/04/04
11:07:37  -     Gathering [DirMove] Entries
11:07:37  -
11:07:37  - Preparing System Files...
11:07:37  -   sysoc.inf
11:07:37  -   svcpack.inf
11:07:37  -   dosnet.inf
11:07:37  -   txtsetup.sif
11:07:45  -
11:07:46  - Processing Sysoc.inf
11:07:46  - Processing svcpack.inf
11:07:46  - Processing dosnet.inf
11:07:46  - Processing txtsetup.sif
11:07:49  -
11:07:50  -       Compressing Files ASMS...
11:07:57  -
11:07:57  - Processing [EditFile]
11:07:58  -
11:07:58  - Moving Files Found In OEMSCAN 1.4.1 Addon for multi-system installs
11:07:58  - Moving Directories
11:08:04  - Entire .ini Processing Completed in 27 Seconds
11:08:04  -
11:08:04  - Compressing and Moving Edited Files
11:08:04  - Cleaning Up.
11:08:20  - Integration Completed.
11:08:20  - Total Integration Time = 90 Seconds
11:08:20  - ==================================================================================
11:08:20  -




Now I'll try the EXACT same thing, but using my altered (added OEMbios files and SLP keys) OEMscan .7z file.[color="Silver"]

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[/color]Just a note,

C:\ISOs\XPHOMESP3CONTENTSFOROEMSCAN is a untouched rip of the Windows XP Home SP3 OEM CD contents.

For each test/trial I did, I replaced the contents of this folder with a fresh copy off the Windows CD, so it has been untouched with RVM Integrator. (To eliminate variables)

Ok,

So I did the exact same thing as last time, using version 1.6 of the integrator, and this time I get the error message. So, something is telling me it's my OEMSCAN_1.4.1_MR_SMARTEPANTS_ADDON_MULTIOEM_1.8.5 file that has something wrong with it, because if I leave the file untouched (unmodified) it works fine with integration, but if I add my OEMbios files and keys, it gives me the error message. Argh!
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Postby mr_smartepants » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:51 pm

Thanks for your report. You may have uncovered a rare bug when ridiculously-long foldernames are used. ;)
I'll do some more testing to see if I can duplicate your issue. But I've seen this problem before, and it's RVMI related. Not tied to specific addons.
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Postby 1337 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:08 pm

mr_smartepants wrote:Thanks for your report. You may have uncovered a rare bug when ridiculously-long foldernames are used. ;)
I'll do some more testing to see if I can duplicate your issue. But I've seen this problem before, and it's RVMI related. Not tied to specific addons.


LOL...yeah the long folder names are sort of a bad habit with me...Thanks for your willingness to help me out though. I'm just starting out as a computer tech, and not having to carry around 10 different OEM CDs for XP would be a real blessing.

I'll do some more testing this Monday as well, and report my findings. Thanks again!
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Postby windnsalsa » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:20 am

FINALLY got it!!! (My first post BTW :) )
I was pulling my hair out for a couple of days on this. The error occurred because I was recompressing the edited UNCOMPRESSED oemscan addon folder ITSELF rather than recompressing the entries (including the filesets) UNDER that folder. After I performed the latter, RyanVM integration was fine. So, don't worry about the naming, whether or not the source folder has to be located locally, using latest beta RyanVm, etc...

I hope this helps. Now, I am trying to create a bootable usb with this addon. Will look through these threads to see if there is a good way to do that. I tried using the Usb_Multiboot tool, but the addon is not overriding the winnt.sif

I hope there is a Thread Search feature in this forum. Cheers
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Postby 1337 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:20 am

windnsalsa wrote:FINALLY got it!!! (My first post BTW :) )
I was pulling my hair out for a couple of days on this. The error occurred because I was recompressing the edited UNCOMPRESSED oemscan addon folder ITSELF rather than recompressing the entries (including the filesets) UNDER that folder. After I performed the latter, RyanVM integration was fine. So, don't worry about the naming, whether or not the source folder has to be located locally, using latest beta RyanVm, etc...

I hope this helps. Now, I am trying to create a bootable usb with this addon. Will look through these threads to see if there is a good way to do that. I tried using the Usb_Multiboot tool, but the addon is not overriding the winnt.sif

I hope there is a Thread Search feature in this forum. Cheers



Ok, so you compressed the "filesets", "keys", "logos", and "svcpack" folders individually? Did you also compress "Entries_OEMScan_MULTIOEM.ini" as well?
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Postby mr_smartepants » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:41 am

1337 wrote:Ok, so you compressed the "filesets", "keys", "logos", and "svcpack" folders individually? Did you also compress "Entries_OEMScan_MULTIOEM.ini" as well?


11. Recompress the Entries_OEMScan_MULTIOEM.ini file and all the folders with 7zip into a single archive so that it has the filename OEMSCAN_1.4.1_MR_SMARTEPANTS_ADDON_MULTIOEM_1.8x.7 z.
12. Integrate this addon using Siginet's RVMIntegrator only. Do NOT use nLite.
13. Enjoy.


Most important step is #13. 11. is kinda important too. :p
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Postby windnsalsa » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:07 am

1337 wrote:Ok, so you compressed the "filesets", "keys", "logos", and "svcpack" folders individually? Did you also compress "Entries_OEMScan_MULTIOEM.ini" as well?


Yes, just follow the smartepants instruction. SELECT all the included folders and files including the "Entries_OEMScan_MULTIOEM.ini" and then compress them (rather than the ROOT addon folder that was downloaded and uncompressed) via 7zip. I forgot that I did this on my first try, which was successful. On subsequent attempts, I added additional oembios and keys, but recompressed from the root folder level. I thought that was what I remembered doing the first time as well as thinking that was the method to compress the whole package.

Anyone know how to boot this via USB flash drive where the oemscan from the addon would [B]SUCCESSFULLY overide the slp key written on a created winnt.sif ???[/B]
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Postby 1337 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:47 am

OH NO WAY!!! IT WORKED!!!

WE (ACTUALLY WINDNSALSA MAINLY) HAVE SOLVED THE MYSTERY OF THE "NO ENTRIES *.INI FOUND" ERROR!!!


Ok...so here is a short synopsis:

When recompressing your finished, edited, project, DO NOT select the root folder named "OEMSCAN_1.4.1_MR_SMARTEPANTS_ADDON_MULTIOEM_1.8.5" and compress it. DO NOT right click it and compress it!

Rather, open that root folder, select the entire contents of it, right-click, and compress into a zip file!!!


EUREKA!!![color="Silver"]

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[/color]Could somebody please Sticky this thread, because this is seriously important.
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