[syslinux] MEMDISK and LOADLIN

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue May 4 11:58:47 PDT 2004

Bond, Alistair wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm a newbie on all of this so this might be a very stupid question!
> I have a DOS boot disk which loads generic USB drivers to make my USB pen
> drive accessible under DOS.  The pen drive has a number of floppy disk
> images on it of various utilities and I want to mount these using MEMDISK
> via LOADLIN.  All my attempts so far either freeze the PC or reboot it!  I
> have tried running it from the c: drive (with no DOS drivers loaded at all)
> just to make sure that the USB drivers are not causing the problem but I get
> the same result.
> The floppy disk images are fine - I have used them with an ISOLINUX boot CD.
> Am I attempting the impossible?

Yes.  LOADLIN needs special hooks into the Linux kernel which MEMDISK 
don't -- in fact, can't -- support.


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