[syslinux] chain loading Syslinux 3.86 from 6.04

Max max at dontlookhere.net
Tue May 12 11:22:29 PDT 2020


The only way I could see to write to a file is using the win32 version and
specifying a file after the drive letter.
syslinux.exe D: syslinux.bin

This throws the same message on to boot and just says Boot error.

Is that what you meant to write it to a file?  I tried in Linux:
syslinux --install syslinux.bin
and that did not work(throws an error that syslinux.bin does not exist).  I
checked the docs and don't see any flags to tell syslinux to install to a
file instead of a device.

I tried this with 3.86 and 4 (as Wes suggested he has had success with this
in the past).

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 5:01 PM Adan Calderon <adancalderon at gmail.com>

> try installing syslinux 3.86 or 4 to a boot sector "file" not the actual
> boot sector.  then chainload that file.
> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:57 PM Adan Calderon <adancalderon at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> the mboot file from esxi is not the same as syslinux.  i once saw the
>> source as it is avilable from vmware and it's not the same as the one from
>> syslinux.  you can chain load an older syslinux (4.something works) that
>> then can run vmware's version of mboot.  or maybe you make vmware's version
>> work  i think the source was GPL.
>> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:45 PM Max via Syslinux <syslinux at syslinux.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>>    I was wondering if someone might give me a hand.  I have a multiboot
>>> drive I maintain and I am trying to add the ESXi installer to it.
>>>    It seems well documented that VMWare uses their own mboot.c32 file
>>> which
>>> is built from not the same code in SYSLINUX mboot.c32 3.86 . I'm using
>>> the
>>> Syslinux 6.04 from the Ubuntu repositories.   I have compiled Syslinux
>>> 3.86
>>> .  I thought I could try to load the older version of syslinux by
>>> chainloading it.
>>> This is what I have in the config:
>>> COM32 chain.c32
>>> APPEND FILE=/ESXi/syslinux
>>> syslinux is the compiled 3.86 binary.
>>> I get :
>>> "WARN: The sector won't be mmapped, as it would conflict with the boot
>>> file.
>>> Booting...."
>>> It just hangs there.
>>> I am doing this in good old BIOS mode.
>>> Can you guys shed any light on the error and give me some indication of
>>> what documentation to read next?
>>> Is this even possible?
>>> Thanks,
>>>     Max
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