[syslinux] Syslinux & usb booting

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue Nov 27 08:53:14 PST 2007

Lauri Kasanen wrote:
> Hi
> I only want to figure out why the Windows version did install a mbr, when it wasn't told to, as this is weird.
> Recap:
> - I tried in Linux, made the partition, marked active, formatted fat32, did a "syslinux-nomtools -sf /dev/sda1"
> - it wasn't bootable, as I hadn't used the mbr.bin (which I now know, thanks to Tomas)
> - then I tried on Win XP, using the same stick, without partitioning again
> - I used "syslinux -sf f:", ie no -m switch.
> - and the stick was bootable
> So, can someone explain what happened here?

There might have been an MBR on it from the factory.  That is usually 
the case.


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