[syslinux] USB boot
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Wed Nov 26 10:53:52 PST 2003
David Mattes wrote:
> So, I think I've really screwed up my device, putting MBR's on it,
> formatting it ext3, etc. etc. I want to start with a blank slate (and
> of course I didn't dd the original image off of it). Should I
> reinitialize the device with a Win2k format command (FAT16) in order to
> work with syslinux? What about the MBR, should it be zeroed out?
If BIOS sees it as a HDD then it needs an MBR (e.g. mbr.bin.)
If the BIOS sees it as a FDD then it should not have an MBR.
SYSLINUX only supports FAT12 and FAT16. You need another boot loader if
you want to boot from ext3 (the semi-mythical "extlinux" hasn't actually
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