[syslinux] Feature request

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Sat May 1 13:39:35 PDT 2004

bobby wrote:
> Hello
> A couple of time a was in situation that I needed memdisk to emulate
> TWO floppies for me. Let's give an example: Kaspersky Antivirus makes
> two rescue floppyes, one with ext2 filesystem, one with FAT12
> filesystem. Ext2 floppy is bootable and loads fine with memdisk and it
> search for 2nd floppy to be inserted in floppy drive. This two
> floppies don't have chance to be combined in one 2.88 floppy.
> The solution will be to have memdisk capable of loading first
> (bootable) one as 2nd drive (DOS drive B:) and 2nd floppy as first drive
> (DOS drive A:).
> Is it possible to code this feature, to make memdisk loading two
> floppy images at once, one emulating first floppy drive, 2nd to
> emulate 2nd floppy drive, and to specify from which one should be booted?

It's possible, but it's made a lot more complex since current boot 
loaders only allows for a single initrd.  Don't expect it to see it any 

The fact that it uses ext2 makes me think it's using Linux, in which 
case you're screwed anyway, since Linux won't see a BIOS-emulated floppy.


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