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[Xen-users] RE: GPLPV drivers update

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From: Joshua Kinard <joshua.kinard@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:07:42 -0400
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Thought I'd put this out there, but if anyone is looking for a slightly more 
functional way to bypass Vista/NT6's driver signing feature automatically at 
boot, try this program out in the VM:

ReadyDriver Plus v1.1

I've used this at home to get ATI Tray Tools to load, because ATI's Catalyst is 
such a hog to install (200MB for a video driver?).  What it'll do is load at 
ntldr boot, automatically press F8, scroll down, disable driver signing, then 
on the next menu, scroll back up and start Windows normally.  Pretty handy 
little tool.



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[xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of James Harper 
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 10:37 PM
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Subject: [Xen-users] GPLPV drivers update

I have just uploaded a new testing version of GPL PV drivers for
Windows. Have a look for at
http://www.meadowcourt.org/downloads (the -dontuse bit is to scare
people away who haven't read this email :)

As usual, please test thoroughly on a test DomU and make sure you have a
backup before installing on a non-test system. In particular, I'm only
testing with Xen 3.4.1 these days so anything older isn't tested
although it should work.

There was a problem with the signing of the drivers that would prevent
them working properly under Vista/2008 x64 even with testsigning
enabled. This should resolve that.

The installation procedure for Vista/2008 x64 is as follows:
. Run 'bcdedit /set testsigning on'
. Reboot
. Install the drivers. Accept any warnings and tick 'always trust...'
when prompted.
. Make sure you now have PV network and SCSI adapters present
. Reboot

If something doesn't work, you should be able to boot to safe mode
unless you forgot to run 'bcdedit /set testsigning on' in which case you
will probably have an unbootable system... for some reason the vista F8
boot menu doesn't allow you to turn on testsigning and safe mode at the
same time. Ideally the installer would be able to detect that we are
using a test certificate and instruct you to turn on testsigning first
but I don't yet know how to do that. I'll see if I can at least put in a
loud warning at installation time...


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