[syslinux] pxelinux and startrom.com

Ardill, Robert (DTEI) robert.ardill at saugov.sa.gov.au
Sun May 7 16:24:12 PDT 2006

The 64 Bit version of WinPE boot fine via PXELinux.

A common mistake is that under the i386 Architecture the line can be
omitted, but under x64 it needs to be specified in the winnt.sif as

BootDevice = "ramdisk(0)"
Architecture = "amd64"
BootPath = "\amd64\System32\"
OsLoadOptions = "/noguiboot /fastdetect /minint /rdexportascd

Note the same startrom.com (.0) can be used to load both 32 and 64 bit
versions of WinPE.


-----Original Message-----


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Baksa, Chris [mailto:cbaksa at lehman.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 2:27 PM
> To: syslinux at zytor.com
> Subject: [syslinux] pxelinux and startrom.com
> Greetings Luis,
> I saw a thread about Startrom.com and startrom.o that had your name 
> attached...
> I was wondering if you had a moment to comment on an issue that I 
> have.
> I have a Linux server that is our corporate PXE server.  It is set up 
> in a logical folder structure so that a host can be pointed to boot a 
> variety of different OS's  (DOS, Linux loaders, Windows PE).  Here is 
> in my dilemma,
> I currently boot a 32 bit version of Windows PE.  BUT... I need to 
> support booting both a 32 and a 64 bit version.
> I can't seem to get the system to boot more than one.  Have you had 
> any experience doing this?


But i know that Micro$oft has made huge improovements over booting with
PXE. AFAIK, only now with winPE2005 (or home made using windows
2003 server with SP1), do boot correctly over PXE.

but not for 64 bit arch, i think.

> To make matters worse... Microsoft has a new Startrom.com that I need 
> to use because it have a fix for AMD hosts and IBM Blades.
> I noticed you said something about renaming it startrom.0.  
> Will that work?  
> Lastly.. You mentioned a mailing in your post.  Looks like a 
> newsletter that may have covered some PXE details.  Might you forward 
> me a copy.
> It may just answer my questions or shed some light on my issue.
> Thanks for your time.

I can't answer about stuff I wrote 3 years ago, sorry...


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