Questions tagged [syslinux]

A set of lightweight boot loaders for MS-DOS FAT, ext2/ext3/ext4/btrfs filesystems, network booting and booting from CD.

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How do I install syslinux/extlinux to a disk image file without requiring root privileges

I have built a home-grown Linux distribution, and I can make the complete disk image file as a non-root user with one exception -- installing the boot loader. I'm using syslinux (actually extlinux), ...
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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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Chainload syslinux from GRUB2 - show syslinux.cfg menu

I am using a Clonezilla live USB disk to reimage systems. In accordance to what is explained in http://clonezilla.org/fine-print-live-doc.php?path=clonezilla-live/doc/99_Misc/00_live-boot-parameters....
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How can I chainload GRUB from syslinux?

Due to the current state of my setup, I want to make Syslinux which is my main bootloader to chainload GRUB2. Google brings up plenty of info on how to chainload Syslinux from GRUB2, but nothing ...
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Syslinux , what does '--' do?

What does the '--' do in a normal syslinux config ? I used to see "quiet" after that , but don't know why. Here's an example from Ubuntu 12.04: label install menu label ^Install menu default ...
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What is the proper way to use ISOLINUX with UEFI?

I've been trying to add UEFI support in the 64-bit version of Minimal Linux Live for quite some time, unfortunately without much success. As you can see from the below image, I get critical error each ...
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Is it possible to run any distro from RAM from within an .iso saved on an NTFS file system?

Running entirely from RAM been done on various distros such as Slax, DamnSmallLinux, and newer Ubuntu versions, and since I have 8GB it seems reasonable that I could run many distros entirely from RAM ...
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How to configure Syslinux to load the kernel images from a different partition or disk?

I'm running Archlinux using Syslinux as a bootloader. Right now the kernel image and initramfs are in /boot and all of the Syslinux stuff (configuration file and modules) are in /boot/syslinux. I'm ...
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Should isohybrid work on all iso media, fx Windows 7?

I have a an original Windows 7 Professional x86 iso file, straight from Microsoft. I want to make a bootable USB from this ISO. Some sources suggest that I simply dd the iso to the USB, but I don't ...
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Netboot error: Invalid kernel argument

I'm trying to install Arch using the Netboot Live System following these steps: Install Syslinux on a SD card according to its wiki. Copy the iPXE kernel image to the SD card. Create an syslinux.cfg ...
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Debian PXE Preseeding: Can I clone my existing Debian system instead of using the Internet?

I'm currently working on PXE booting 10 or so machines to install Debian on them over the network from a centralized DHCP + TFTP server. I'm using the TFTP server to serve the Debian netboot image to ...
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Making a UEFI-bootable image with mkisofs and -eltorito-boot efiboot.img

I am trying to convert an existing custom USB ISO installer image that presently boots via BIOS to one that boots via UEFI. I use mkisofs and isohybrid to make the ISO, and it boots via ISOLINUX. I ...
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Boot partiotionless disk with syslinux

A file system can be configured to span a complete disk, omitting any partition table. Notice intentionally the command to do so does not use /dev/sda1 but the raw, unpartitioned device instead. mkfs....
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Possible to create Windows 10 installation media (USB) using Linux utilities?

The problem: a Linux user on a legacy/BIOS system would like to install Windows 10 alongside Linux (on real hardware, not in a VM). Assume preparation issues such as partitioning hard drives to create ...
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Can I use pxelinux to boot from an ISOs over the network?

I have a server which hosts mirrors for FreeBSD, CentOS and Scientific Linux. It includes .iso files. Is it possible to use pxelinux to boot this ISO over the network? Must I use gPXE or iPXE instead?...
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How to change the backgrounds in isolinux

I've been messing with this problem for a while now, and it seems like there isn't much documentation, or people who have asked about this before. I've been trying to change the back640x480.jpg, ...
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What does it mean “Failed to load COM32 file”

I have the following pxelinux config: DEFAULT vesamenu.c32 PROMPT 0 MENU TITLE In The Moon Network LABEL install1404server MENU LABEL Install Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server AMD64 include ubuntu-installer/...
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How to redirect PXE boot to another TFTP or to HTTP?

I would like to make the installation of Linux always possible in my LAN. So, I have configured PXE boot on my DHCP server. The DHCP server points to the TFTP server, and it normally loads menus and ...
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Can you uncompress a btrfs filesystem?

I found out that you can compress the whole of a Btrfs filesystem by defragmenting it with -clzo or -czlib, but is it possible to uncompress it again? I'm asking because I managed to stop my system ...
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Execute Script in Syslinux

I want to execute a script in Syslinux. Is this possible? To be more specific: I want to write a one-time-windows-boot-script that does the following: reboot into windows, on the next reboot: reboot ...
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How can I get from menu.lst to syslinux.cfg?

Problem I'm creating a bootable iso from a YUMI USB drive to burn on DVD's for friends. More info here. I took the grldr and menu.lst from a bootable XBoot iso, but now I'm trying to figure out a ...
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How do I boot the linux kernel over PXE with dnsmasq and syslinux?

Are these dnsmasq.conf options fine: port=0 interface=enp0s20u2u1 bind-interfaces dhcp-range=192.168.2.50,192.168.2.220,12h dhcp-boot=boot/syslinux/lpxelinux.0 dhcp-option-force=209,boot/syslinux/pxe....
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syslinux / vesamenu.c32 - using highest available screen resolution?

I was wondering if there was a way to use the highest available resolution in the syslinux.cfg file? I know i can do: MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768 but without knowing available resolutions beforehand, ...
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Blacklisting won't work for kernel module “radeon”

I tried to blacklist kernel module "radeon" as it is classhing with my propietary drivers. I tried it doing it in two ways but none of them worked and every time command mkinitcpio -M will list "...
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How do I create a bootable GPT UEFI Linux disk?

Aaargh. After days of reading and trying everything I'm still stuck in a maze. It should be simple but I cannot work it out. I need to create one bootable UEFI disk partition that contains all the ...
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How to remove SYSLINUX Copyright message?

Syslinux without modules initrd.img ldlinux.c32 ldlinux.sys root.sfs syslinux.cfg vmlinuz syslinux.cfg DEFAULT linux PROMPT 0 TIMEOUT 0 LABEL linux LINUX vmlinuz INITRD initrd.img APPEND ...
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Understanding syslinux and partitioning

I am trying to learn and especially understand how partitionning and boot-loaders work. The problem is that I got it all twisted in my mind. In the end I don't understand anything anymore. I know ...
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How can I chainload GRUB on another drive?

I have two pen drives. On one I have a full install of Arch GNU/Linux. This install is compatible with both EFI systems and BIOS systems; it has a GPT drive with a BIOS Compatibility Region and an EFI ...
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How to re-install syslinux on a re-formatted (fat32 to fat16) partition

I wrote an .img file containing a custom debian distro to a USB stick via win32diskimager program. The stick doesn't boot on my older motherboard, returning: SYSLINUX: No DEFAULT or UI ...
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PXE Boot: “Failed to load ldlinux.c32”

I'm trying to create a PXE server on my raspberry pi, but if I try to boot, the client shows the Error "Failed to load ldlinux.c32". This is my folder structure of the tftp folder: Here is my ...
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How do I create a bootable ISO image from a running ARM 7 based Debian 9 machine

I am running a system on a Banana Pi M2+ which I need to clone into a bootable working copy and I cannot find repos for tools like syslinux and clonezilla for the ARM processor. Is there another ...
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Manjaro doesn't update syslinux.cfg when I install new kernels. How can it be done?

I have a fresh installation of installed Manjaro 15.12 (Capella) 64-bit months ago on my Dell Latitude. I started with the CLI installer as I had a couple of LVM volumes to reattach to my system — ...
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Help in building Yocto(open embedded) projects using cluster computing in Linux

I need to reduce project build time in Yocto (open embedded) in Linux platform. So I decided to cluster computers for the best performance for compilation and building. My question: Is there any MPI ...
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Make bootable USB drive on Mac

I've tried to make a bootable USB drive — using Syslinux & Buildroot — on my Macbook Air. When I boot up I get something like this error. "Non-system disk, press any key to restart" Does that ...
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Syslinux gives error: ata 10: Softreset failed (1st FIS failed)

I recently installed arch on my desktop, and I get the error in the title twice per boot, without the [] and preceded by what I assume is a timestamp: [12.xxxxxxx] on the first and [22.xxxxxx] on the ...
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Manually cloning a Live USB Arch distro to a VMware virtual disk

I installed Arch Linux on a pen drive with yumi, based on syslinux. I would like to test the USB distro in VMware. To speed up things I would like to clone the UFD as a VMware virtual disk (vmdk). ...
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Multiboot USB drive using relative paths with Syslinux (or another bootloader)

I want to make a multiboot USB drive with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Mantra-OS on it (all Ubuntu variants as you can see). Those are the steps I've done: sudo su unmount /dev/sdb1 ...
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How to install Ubuntu from a USB key using syslinux?

I'm making a bootable USB key for myself, and one function of it is to install Ubuntu. I have downloaded the ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso file. There is a pretty good method for installation of ...
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Installing from mounted iso located on USB-HDD

I formatted my ~200GB HDD with RMPrepUSB to FAT32 and with syslinux bootloader. Used XBoot to "Create USB" with debian-6.0.6-amd64-netinst.iso inside. In linux.cfg it shows up as: ### MENU START ...
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Black screen when booting ArchLinux from USB stick on Chromebook R11

I've recently got an Acer Chromebook R11 cyan and I would like to be able to boot ArchLinux from it. For now I would like to boot from an USB drive. I made a pretty classic ArchLinux installation on ...
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Boot Remix OS automatically (syslinux.cfg)

I am wondering how I can boot the Resident Mode of Remix OS automatically without having to select it at each boot? I read in a couple articles to do default -live but what option will it select? How ...
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TFTP times out in CentOS 7

I have an isolated server that telnets into the single device on its network and loads a file to it using the telnet command load. I am trying to recreate the functionality on another PC. The old ...
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Kernel does not load after modifying parameters and kernel image with Syslinux

# Config file for Syslinux - # /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg LABEL arch MENU LABEL Arch Linux LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux APPEND root=/dev/sda3 rw INITRD ../initramfs-linux-ck.img LABEL ...
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How to put syslinux on an sd card

I would like to know how to put syslinux on my sd card and I have tried using extlinux. However, I keep getting the message Missing Operating System. Please help me.
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Multiple Linux Installation - managing shared ESP and Bootable options

I have installed Manjaro alongside BlackArch. BlackArch has its bootloader in /boot which is a separate partition. Manjaro has three partitions, one for root(/), one for /boot, and one for /boot/efi. ...
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Creating a bootable Linux image using extlinux

I am helping a friend setup a bootable Linux image using extlinux. Here is what I have so far, but using qemu-system-x86_64, I am not able to get it to boot this image. The options to qemu-system-...
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How to get a root shell by using syslinux start parameter

I'm trying to get a root shell using the start parameter of syslinux. The Linux system runs directly into a kiosk mode and all keyboard entry is blocked. Here is the original config: label vegas ...
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What can be the reason notebook does not load with PXE?

I made TFTP boot share and it works for virtual machine and desktop computer (menu appears). But on notebook Dell Inspiron 7720 it shows few lines and turns black. Syslinux config is follows: $ cat ...
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Virtual serial ports /dev/pts

I'm trying to create virtual ports using GSM cmux. It creates virtual ports in /dev/chn 1 2 & 3. Which is linked to /dev/pts 0 1 & 2. But when I list dev directory there is no pts folder and ...
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Syslinux multiboot USB

I'm trying to create a custom multiboot USB using ISOs. I don't want to extract the ISO like most utilities do and I would really like to customize this exactly how I want it. I have formatted a USB ...