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  • Hi everyone!
    I'm also using a Asus Express Gate on Asus N52-DA (N61 MoBo),but in versions lower than 2.0 (so without "Cloud"). I can't using Express Gate Cloud, because it dosent't install (it shows install manager and "install" but, there is no files on a hide partition). I've got this log from an installation:
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    OnBegin: Begin
    Installation Version is 2.6.32.207
    OnBegin: Date = 7-7-2012, Time = 13:57:38
    getBootWay: Begin
    getBootWay: Boot by BIOS
    CheckDVMEG1: Begin
    CheckDVMEG1: check key SoftwareASUS ExpressGate
    CheckDVMEG1: check DVM EG1 PROD_GUID
    CheckDVMEG1: check ASUS.SYS
    CheckDir: Begin
    CheckDir: ASUS.SYS
    CheckDir: szCkDirCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --checkfile ASUS.SYS
    CheckDir: The ASUS.SYS dir isn't found!
    CheckDir: End
    CheckDVMEG1: check ASUS.000
    CheckDir: Begin
    CheckDir: ASUS.000
    CheckDir: szCkDirCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --checkfile ASUS.000
    CheckDir: The ASUS.000 dir isn't found!
    CheckDir: End
    CheckDVMEG1: End
    RemoveASUSV1: Begin
    RemoveASUSV1: No exist ASUS V1.0!
    RemoveASUSV1: End
    OnBegin: End
    OnFirstUIBefore: Begin
    OnFirstUIBefore : Normal Install
    Initialization: Begin
    CheckDiskRemainSize: Begin
    CheckDiskRemainSize: Drive Letter is C:\
    CheckDiskRemainSize: Drive free space kilobytes = 40071012
    CheckDiskRemainSize: Disk Drive free size : 40071012 KB more then default 3145728 KB.
    CheckDiskRemainSize: End
    InitMapOfProductToVGA
    InitMapOfProductToVGA : End
    DMI_check: Check GetManufacturerInfo tool if exists
    DMI_check: Launch GetManufacturerInfo tool
    DMI_check: BIOS.INFO is Found.
    DMI_check: Manufacturer Name = ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    DMI_check: Product Name = N61Da
    TargetMatch: Begin
    TargetMatch: Match ASUS!
    TargetMatchASUS: Begin
    RecoveryPartition: Begin
    RecoveryPartition: End
    SearchTargetPartition: Search all Type options is 1C,17. Now, the TYPE Partition is 1C
    CheckPartition_All: 1C
    CheckPartition_All: Select Disk 0
    CheckPartition: 1C
    CheckPartition: Disk Number = 0
    CheckPartition: Success to get Partition List
    CheckPartition: Success to open Partition List
    CheckPartition: svLine =
    CheckPartition: svLine = Microsoft DiskPart wersja 6.1.7601
    CheckPartition: svLine = Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
    CheckPartition: svLine = Na komputerze: ASUS-N52DA
    CheckPartition: svLine =
    CheckPartition: svLine = Obecnie wybranym dyskiem jest dysk 0.
    CheckPartition: svLine =
    CheckPartition: svLine = Partycja ### Typ Rozmiar Przesunięcie
    CheckPartition: svLine = ------------- ---------------- ------- ------------
    CheckPartition: svLine = Partycja 1 Podstawowy 19 GB 31 KB
    CheckPartition: ListGetFirstString : svToken = Partycja
    CheckPartition: ListGetNextString : svToken = 1
    CheckPartition: Success to open ckHidePartition.Exist
    CheckPartition: svLine = Typ : 1C
    svToken = Typ
    svToken = :
    svToken = 1C
    CheckPartition: Check old EGC on hidden partition
    CleanDir: Begin
    CleanDir: ExpressGate
    CheckDir: Begin
    CheckDir: ExpressGate
    CheckDir: szCkDirCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --checkfile ExpressGate
    CheckDir: The ExpressGate dir isn't found!
    CheckDir: End
    CleanDir: End
    CleanDir: Begin
    CleanDir: ExpressGateUtil
    CheckDir: Begin
    CheckDir: ExpressGateUtil
    CheckDir: szCkDirCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --checkfile ExpressGateUtil
    CheckDir: The ExpressGateUtil dir isn't found!
    CheckDir: End
    CleanDir: End
    CheckPartition: Check hidden partition 1C size...
    CheckPartition: Find the 1C hidden partition!!
    CheckPartition_All: Disk Number is 0
    CheckPartition_All: Partition type 1C is found!
    SearchTargetPartition: Find the Type Partition is 1C
    TargetMatchASUS: Find OEMGROUP_ASUS_NB and get the Type Partition :1C,17
    TargetMatchASUS: End
    TargetMatch: End
    Initialization: cache_svTargDisk is 0 cache_svTargParti is 1
    SelectFeature: Do nothing!
    Initialization: End
    OnFirstUIBefore: End
    OnMoving: Begin
    INSTALLDIR=C:\Windows\IVG.TMP\
    OnMoving: End
    OnMoved: Do nothing!
    OnFirstUIAfter: Begin
    OnFirstUIAfter: Install WIM files....
    SetupWIM: Begin
    SetupWIM: cache_svTargDisk is 0 cache_svTargParti is 1
    DiskToolCopy: Begin
    DiskToolCopy: szCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --copy C:\Windows\IVG.TMP\ExpressGate ExpressGate
    DiskToolCopy: The directed dir is copyed successfully!
    DiskToolCopy: End
    DiskToolCopy: Begin
    DiskToolCopy: szCMD is --drive 0 --partition 1 --copy C:\Windows\IVG.TMP\ExpressGateUtil ExpressGateUtil
    DiskToolCopy: The directed dir is copyed successfully!
    DiskToolCopy: End
    SetupWIM: End
    OnFirstUIAfter: Install Windows Service
    SetupWindowsUtil: Now is Install Mode...
    C:\ExpressGateUtil\VAWinService.exe exists...
    C:\ExpressGateUtil\VAWinService.exe install success
    C:\ExpressGateUtil\VAWinAgent.exe exists...
    C:\ExpressGateUtil\VAWinAgent.exe install success
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: Begin
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: sCommand=/c "C:\Windows\IVG.TMP\OS Switch.exe" --getboot > C:\Users\Grisza\AppData\Local\Temp\BootUpVal.txt
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: Start to process BootUpVal.txt
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: Success to open: C:\Users\Grisza\AppData\Local\Temp\BootUpVal.txt
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: Get the Boot up setting is -1
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: End to process BootUpVal.txt
    GetWinBootUpForSingleBtn: End
    IsEFMBRBootType: Begin
    IsEFMBRBootType: nBootType=1 && g_nBootType=-1
    IsEFMBRBootType: End
    IsEFMBRBootType: Begin
    IsEFMBRBootType: nBootType=0 && g_nBootType=-1
    IsEFMBRBootType: End
    OnFirstUIAfter: Setting registry key
    OnFirstUIAfter: Create Uninstall ShortCut
    OnFirstUIAfter: Normal Install
    Reboot if needed
    OnFirstUIAfter: End
    OnEnd: Begin
    OnEnd: Clean installed temp folder
    OnEnd: End

    ================================================
    Maybe I should copy folders: asus.000 and asus.sys, before instalation of Asus Express Gate Cloud?


    So I tried to update a Flash Player in Express Gate, I used a squashfs tool to do that. Simply I unpacked a .sqx file with Flash Player (version 10.x), downloaded the newest version, unpucked, copied new files, made a .sqx, putted it into proper folder (asus.sys) and it won't work. It shows me an information that inslataion is incomplete.
    Please tell me what I have to do, to make it work with new Flash Player? I know that I have to install it, but how can I do on unworking system?
    It would be nice if I could use a Terminal in Express Gate, but how can I turn on it, and how to start this (normally it's ctr+T).

    I'm not using Ubuntu everyday, I've installed it a few days ago so I need instructions 'step by step' how to update applications on Express Gate.

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    • Most likely you did not cut the file with the checksums/update the checksum for that sqx. Also the squashfs version must be the same, you can check it with file. But basically the time for splashtop/expressgate is over. You do not even read one word about it on their own homepage, only splashtop2 which is now a streaming app for mobile devices and has got nothing to do with the mini linux system. Best get an ssd - then you can boot a full linux system within less than 30s from powerup - forget splashtop/express gate.

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      • I think you're right.
        But what about Express Gate Cloud developed by VideAce? It's up to date, but it won't install on my laptop I think it is beacuse this system is for a memory chip on motherboard which I don't have.

        Can you recommend a system which I could install like Express Gate to be allowed boot this from special button for Express Gate? If something like this doesn't exist, maybe there is smthg which I can install like EG and run from GRUB2?

        Thanks

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        • I think you're right.
          But what about Express Gate Cloud developed by VideAce? It's up to date, but it won't install on my laptop I think it is beacuse this system is for a memory chip on motherboard which I don't have.

          Can you recommend a system which I could install like Express Gate to be allowed boot this from special button for Express Gate? If something like this doesn't exist, maybe there is smthg which I can install like EG and run from GRUB2?

          Thanks

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          • I think you're right.
            But what about Express Gate Cloud developed by VideAce? It's up to date, but it won't install on my laptop I think it is beacuse this system is for a memory chip on motherboard which I don't have.

            Can you recommend a system which I could install like Express Gate to be allowed boot this from special button for Express Gate? If something like this doesn't exist, maybe there is smthg which I can install like EG and run from GRUB2?

            Thanks

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            • Hi

              I dont know anything about linux or programming so please try to explain to me in as novice way as you can do so.

              I'm trying to install chromium os as a fast boot OS on my laptop. Instead of selecting OS on the boot screen I would like to set it up so that the expressgate button boots chromium. The button seems to be configred in BIOS to lauch OS from ASUS.SYS, so the only way to do it would be to hack ASUS.SYS to lauch chromium os instead of the Expressgate OS.

              The latter versions are very easy to do this, all you do is change the boot directory of the OS to point to chromium. Unfortunately the ASUS.SYS (early version) seems to have everything compressed in .sqx files which are very hard to edit in Windows.

              Does anyone know if there is a file in ASUS.SYS somewhere which I can edit and get the OS to stop attemppting to boot ExpressGate is boot Chromium OS istead?

              I have got Chromium USB OS working and have installed it into an unmounted partition on my drive using this guide: http://neurallanes.blogspot.co.uk/20...on-button.html

              But I'm stuck on the Expressgate hack, the ASUS.SYS is all difficult to ascertain what does what.

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              • Originally posted by trya View Post
                If your PC has a Splashtop button, you can use my program to bootstrap to another OS when pushing the Splashtop button.

                Besides, there's a new version of stboot and the project has a homepage now : http://code.google.com/p/stboot
                This answers my earlier question above.

                Thanks a lot, now I jhave to fix chrome OS - it says file not found. grrr.

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