[syslinux] New UEFI restrictions?

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 03:40:58 PDT 2019

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 4:15 AM eas lab via Syslinux
<syslinux at syslinux.org> wrote:
> Previously I've been using a laptop with an "Aptio Setup Utility...2015"
> to "Disable UEFI Boot" and allow a USBstik with partition1 having:
>   /boot/isolinux/isolinux.bin , isolinux.cfg , menu.c32...etc.
>  to boot 64bit TinyCore.

So BIOS mode.  Good to know.

> Now this newer laptop has: "Aptio Setup Utility...2018"
> which is completely different from the 2015 version.

So an underlying firmware upgrade.

> I fail to boot linux from any of my various syslinux/grub bootStiks.
> Has M$pook finally locked linux out of <WinTel> laptops?
> Or have readers here got a solution?

So the same BIOS mode boot sticks.  This could be a symptom of a more
strict or poorer BIOS CSM (compatibility support module) in the new
firmware.  As Don said, details will help.

Pretend it's a new non-booting PC and try the usual tricks.  Try using
a stick smaller than 4GB, single partition with the hybrid ISO, single
partition with FAT32 and SYSLINUX or a real CD.  My best luck with
BIOS USB boot has been a USB CD drive or a 1-4GB USB stick where I end
up wasting some space and I think end up with unaligned cylinders
(rather than an aligned setup of say H/S 128/32).  I'd end up wiping
the partition table, ejecting/inserting the drive then using fdisk on
Linux and just keep the CHS values it choose but it was a version
before the 1 MiB alignment became default.


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