[syslinux] Can Syslinux install another USBstik ?
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Wed May 17 10:27:00 PDT 2017
On 05/01/17 01:36, eas lab via Syslinux wrote:
> When a USBstiked-syslinux starts, it's the PC's firmare that's reading
> the USB ?.
> But once the USBsyslinux takes over, has IT also got a USB driver?
> So that USBsyslinux can install a different USBstik/partition?
> Ie. boot with stikA to install & run stikB:partition5 ?
> ------------ Is the following sound logic?
>> Do zero out the partition table first so you don't "inherit" any
>> badness ("dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdx bs=512 count=1 conv=sync").
>> Actually before destroying the partition table, I'd zero out the
>> beginning of all and any partitions ("dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024k
>> count=10 conv=sync of=/dev/sdxX" x Y) first, as we are in starting
>> from scratch mode. (If there were RAID/GPT involved I'd zero out
>> the end of partitions/disk respectively too.)
> CPU reading a memory location is not like human reading from paper.
> <zero> bytes are no more "nothing" than any of the other possible
> 255 values.
> Of course the system can be programed:
> IF <there are more than N consecutive zero-bytes> THEN .....
> but, that's unlikely ?
The system will not invoke a boot sector that doesn't contain the 55 AA
magic number at offset 510. Unfortunately some operating systems won't
recognize a partition table without the magic, which is very problematic.
The bytes CD 18 (INT 18h) at the beginning of a boot sector is supposed
to tell the BIOS that "this device isn't bootable, try the next one";
unfortunately not all BIOSes handle that correctly (although most recent
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