[syslinux] Re: Syslinux freezes my MP3 player/flashdrive, normal dos boot does not.

Nazo nazosan at gmail.com
Mon May 23 19:23:51 PDT 2005

Sorry, it wasn't clear if the original message went through or not. 
Also, I realized I forgot to clarify a rather important detail.  After
installing Syslinux to the MP3 player, I can reboot my system and it
will successfully work with Syslinux.  All PC operations writing and
reading the file system are ok.  It's the player itself that is unable
to access the filesystem (hangs every time) after installing Syslinux.
 I would blame the player itself, but, the only thing I can't figure
out is why it's working fine with normal boot utilities.  In fact, I
can simply use the sys command in dos or windows to overwrite the
Syslinux stuff and the player works again.  This makes me think that
Syslinux is doing one little thing that the player doesn't like.
On 5/16/05, Nazo <nazosan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently got a cheap PenDrive iVO which I'll be the first to admit
> is anything but perfect, but, a pretty decent player considering it's
> cost is that of the other players with half the memory.  One of the
> things I was looking forward to was having a great bootable flashdrive
> with my favorite linux rescue image and a few other diagnostic/repair
> things.  Unfortunately, since I tried to put syslinux on there, it
> won't actually play MP3s anymore.  Whenever it does anything where
> it's actually trying to read the filesystem, it just sort of freezes
> until I remove the battery.  The light won't even shut off
> automatically.  At first I thought it was just making it bootable that
> made it do that, but, later I accidentally marked it as bootable
> without realizing and the utility copied over that basic DOS bootdisk
> produced for windows to the drive and when I copied over a MP3 I
> noticed it was able to play.  I got my hopes up thinking it was just
> their utility that made it work and put syslinux back on there and it
> went back to freezing, so now I'm back to square one.  I can't do
> nearly as much with a plain dos bootdisk as I could with the whole
> suite of bootable tools I had.  So far I'm having to carry my old
> flashdrive in addition to this one, but, my pockets are already too
> full as it is plus I could maybe sell the old drive if I could figure
> this out.
> I don't know if there even is a solution to this, certainly I'm not
> the most advanced user subscribed to this thing, but, I thought I'd
> ask here in case someone might know more about the issue than myself.
> At the very least, it occured to me it might help the author to know
> it apparently can cause troubles for some devices reading the
> filesystem for some reason.

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