I have a UEFI computer and I need to add 2 bin files and one folder to the iso live install image; this will provide me the wifi support at boot.

I followed this guide from the top: Remastering the Install ISO.

The problem is that I can't understand how to do the last part of the guide where it explains how to make it UEFI bootable form a USB stick. After making the changes in the way explained I generated the new iso image through the commmand listed on the wiki:

genisoimage -l -r -J -V "ARCH_201209" -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -c isolinux/boot.cat -o ~/arch-custom.iso ~/customiso

The last step I have done is this:

isohybrid output.iso

After that I have pulled the iso to the usb stick using dd, but the custom archLinux won't boot.

The part that I don't understand is this:

An alternative to genisoimage plus isohybrid can be derived from the xorriso run of mkarchiso.

$ iso_label="ARCH_201209"
$ xorriso -as mkisofs \
       -iso-level 3 \  
       -full-iso9660-filenames \
       -volid "${iso_label}" \
       -eltorito-boot isolinux/isolinux.bin \
       -eltorito-catalog isolinux/boot.cat \
       -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table \
       -isohybrid-mbr ~/customiso/isolinux/isohdpfx.bin \
       -output arch-custom.iso \ 

Option -isohybrid-mbr needs an MBR template file. Most probably there is already such a file /isolinux/isohdpfx.bin in the original ISO, which matches the SYSLinux version used in the ISO. Only if this file is missing in the copied ISO content, it has to be cut out of the original ISO image file, before above xorriso run is performed:

$ dd if=/path/to/archISO bs=512 count=1 of=~/customiso/isolinux/isohdpfx.bin

If the original ISO supports bootability via EFI, this can be activated in the new ISO by inserting the following options between the lines "-isohybrid-mbr ..." and "-output ...":

   -eltorito-alt-boot \
   -e EFI/archiso/efiboot.img \
   -no-emul-boot -isohybrid-gpt-basdat \

The file /EFI/archiso/efiboot.img is a FAT filesystem image file. If it is missing in the original ISO, then there was no EFI support in that ISO.

The newly created ISO image arch-custom.iso is found in the home directory. You can write the ISO image to a USB stick as explained in USB Installation Media. Alternatively you can burn the ISO image on a CD, DVD, or BD with your preferred software. On Arch, that is covered in the article about burning an ISO image.

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archiso is the official iso-maker package from Archlinux. You can either build a raw image of Archlinux at day-0, or build a completely customized iso from scratch (almost) and add packages, kernel-modules, build directives, folders, users, etc...

It may help you get a working image out-of-the-box of archlinux, plus the advantage of being customizable to your needs. The given image both support MBR & UEFI.

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