[syslinux] Chainboot to XP Embedded

Murali Krishnan Ganapathy gmurali at cs.uchicago.edu
Sat Mar 11 17:00:50 PST 2006

Assuming you fix the chain booting issue, you can solve the 
programatically selecting which OS to boot using COMBOOT. Again assuming 
you have administrator access in both the systems, and can write to raw 
disk, you can write "Next I want to boot into OS2" somewhere. Then at 
boot time, a COMBOOT code can read that instruction and do accordingly.

- Murali

Josh Abell wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I've been playing around with SYSLINUX for a little bit; here's what I'm
> trying to do...
> My disk will have three partitions:
> [BOOT: (FAT16 w/ SYSLINUX)]  [OS1] [OS2]
> OS1 and OS2 will both contain an XP Embedded system which is read-only and
> which will always boot from a hibernate file. What I'd like to be able to do
> if flip-flop between them at runtime (that is, run from OS1 and then
> programatically select the OS to boot into on the next boot). The catch is,
> in order to use the XPe hibernate-one-resume-many feature, both of these
> systems are read only so I just can't go and tweak the boot.ini file.
> I was looking at the chain boot capabilities of syslinux, but I haven't had
> luck getting this going. So far I only have a system like this:
> [BOOT: (FAT16 w/ SYSLINUX)]  [OS1]
> My SYSLINUX.CFG looks like this:
> LABEL xp2
>  KERNEL chain.c32
>  APPEND hd0 2
> If I select xp2, when I boot all I get is a "Booting..." message. It never
> gets further than this.
> Any ideas? Think it's possible? I'm doing this under VirtualPC 2004...
> Thanks in advance! - Josh
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