[syslinux] USB boot
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Tue Nov 25 17:49:25 PST 2003
David Mattes wrote:
> I have a M-Systems DiskOnKey USB Storage Device that I would like to use
> to boot a computer into Linux. I think this is possible but I'm having
> problems and have some questions:
> 1. What should be on the MBR of the USB device? I have tried using the
> mbr.bin in the syslinux-2.07 distro.
> 2. How does this device appear to the BIOS, i.e. what should the boot
> device be? USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, or USB-HDD?
It depends on your device and on your BIOS. If the answer is anything
but USB-HDD, then you shouldn't have an MBR on the disk at all.
I suspect the answer is USB-HDD (that seems to be the case for most the
USB keys I've seen), but I don't know for sure.
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