[syslinux] Syslinux & Error 440D

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Feb 11 13:38:18 PST 2002

Josef Siemes wrote:

>>1] Using a Windows 98 boot floppy, i booted to the A: prompt.
>>2] Using fdisk, I completely repartioned the flash disk, resulting in a 16
>>meg primary DOS partition.
>>3] I then formatted the flash disk with FAT12.
>>4] I ran "lock c:"
>>5] As described in syslinux.doc, I ran "fdisk /mbr".
>>6] I then typed syslinux c: and received the exact message below:
>>"ERROR 440D: Unable to lock drive for exclusive access"
>>Running with -s made no difference.
>>While a LDLINUX.SYS file is copied, the system does not boot.  I've used
>>syslinux successfully with floppy disks, so I'm at a loss to explain this
> Did you change to C:, or are you still on A:? You should be on 'A:'.
> Did you try to leave out 'lock c:'? Or run fdisk, reboot and then install
> syslinux?
> Did you try to install syslinux from linux? Maybe this will have more
> success, since some versions of WinXX are just braindead.

Hi there,

Recent versions of SYSLINUX does the LOCK automatically.  Try skipping the
"lock c:" step.


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