[syslinux] help: booting dos from syslinux/memdisk

Christian Marg christian.marg at tu-clausthal.de
Wed Jul 2 07:16:01 PDT 2003

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Thomas Baumann wrote:

| Loading boot sector... booting...
| welcome!
| boot: 1
| [single dot]         ... this seemed to be the problem for cutting my
| boot disk failure                                              <<<< [B]
|       ### here it hangs.
| Question [B]:
| It seems syslinux cannot take the correct bootsector from dos.bss
| then it hangs and does not boot,  although I have
| command.com and ibmbio.com etc. (see ls output).
| How can I boot ?
When I first read about your approach I thought "Why'd he use Syslinux
on the Diskimage to boot an ordinary DOS". My approach was to make the
Diskimage directly bootable with DOS, not taking the detour over Syslinux...
Of course the process of doing that is slightly more complicated since
it involves some DOSEMU config file hacking, but you get a Diskimage
that'll boot with DOS...

Here I described to mailto:Jay.Winks at teksouth.com how I did it using
DOSEMU (but I lost my config files for doing it):
|Also, you're saying you fixed it so it'll mount the floppy images?
|Again, I'm all ears.
I didn't fix DosEmu, I read the documentation (there is a config Tag for
~ mounting Floppy disk images and a tag for mounting raw harddisk images.
but with my distribution I had to override most of the configuration, so
to speak start over with an empty config file...)
I was trying to find my Backups of the process hoping there would be a
copy of my DOSEMU config, but so far I haven't been successful.
He seemed to be successful with my approach, perhaps we could ask him
for his DOSEMU config-files, to share the know-how he generated.


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