[syslinux] SYSLINUX: Cannot read ldlinux.sys

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Sat May 7 12:15:13 PDT 2005

ganapathy murali krishnan wrote:
> After you get the error, try doing a "dir /ah" at the DOS prompt. If you 
> see a ldlinux.sys with 0 bytes, then it is exactly the same issue I had. 
> I used FreeDOS. I couldn't find a solution so I moved to ISOLINUX. In 
> you case, you probably dont have that option.

> - Murali
> Max Liebkies wrote:
>> My question is the following:
>> I need to "syslinux" a harddisk(partition-type is FAT16, size is about 
>> 100mb). I created a Dos-Bootdisk with WindowsXP and removed everything 
>> except command.com, io.sys and msdos.sys. Then I copied syslinux.com 
>> (and even ldlinux.sys) to the disk but nothing seems to help, I always 
>> get the "SYSLINUX: Cannot read ldlinux.sys"-error. Should I use 
>> something like DR-DOS or FreeDOS?
>> Any hints, tricks or guides on how to fix this error?

You have to actually *run* syslinux.com/syslinux.exe on the targetted 


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