PTVnet and PTVnetHD Hidden Options
As described, PTVnet/PTVnetHD are designed to be used on drives created using MFStools (ie not on ORIGINAL drives).
It is a confirmed FACT, that attempts to use PTVnet/PTVnetHD on "factory" drives that have been "untouched" by upgrade tools other than MFStools, or InstantCake (which uses MFStools) mostly fail with an error such as "unable to determine software version" and subsequently, a string of errors that result from the aforementioned failure.
It has also been reported that mfstools-created drives, that have been subsequently updated through a normal software update (ie. An MFStools or InstantCake created drive that has received a normal software update since its been deployed) may also experience this situation.
In an attempt to give people a little more control, and not for the intention of support folks in potentially endangering their ORIGINAL and UNMODIFIED drives, we've created a "parameter" you can use when running PTVnet that will potentially allow you to override these errors and "force" an install.
So, if you are receiving one of the aforementioned errors, here is something you can try:
Allow your PTVnet/PTVnetHD CD to boot normally and at the first prompt, type:
which will interrupt and abort the normal PTVnet execution.
This will "force" the installation of the drivers in spite of the fact that the software version is not recognized.
Please be VERY careful when using this feature. If you use the FORCE option on a drive that has the WRONG software on it, it will most likely just not work. But there is always the possibility that you will mess up your drive. You can't damage the hardware, but you could end up putting things in a state where you will need to be rebuilding your drive from scratch - and we do not want to encourage people to take unnecessary risks!