[SOLVED] Trying to boot Linux Mint 9 from USB flash drive: "vesamenu.c32: Not a COM32R image"
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Trying to boot Linux Mint 9 from USB flash drive: "vesamenu.c32: Not a COM32R image"
I used Ubuntu's 'usb-creator-gtk' to write Linux Mint to a USB flash drive and it reported success. Then, when I rebooted, I got the following error message from Syslinux:
vesamenu.c32: Not a COM32R image
What the hell went wrong? Syslinux.cfg looks fine:
menu background splash.jpg
menu title Welcome to Linux Mint 9 Isadora
menu color border 0 #00eeeeee #00000000
menu color sel 7 #ffffffff #33eeeeee
menu color title 0 #ffeeeeee #00000000
menu color tabmsg 0 #ffeeeeee #00000000
menu color unsel 0 #ffeeeeee #00000000
menu color hotsel 0 #ff000000 #ffffffff
menu color hotkey 7 #ffffffff #ff000000
menu color timeout_msg 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color timeout 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu color cmdline 0 #ffffffff #00000000
menu hiddenrow 6
menu label Start Linux Mint
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
menu label Start Linux Mint (compatibility mode)
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper xforcevesa initrd=/casper/initrd.lz ramdisk_size=1048576 root=/dev/ram rw noapic noapci nosplash irqpoll --
menu label Check the integrity of the CD
append noprompt boot=casper integrity-check initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
menu label Memory Test
menu label Boot from local drive
Can any of you tell me what's wrong with USB Creator's autogenerated configuration?
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After some fiddling around with the syslinux config files and still not getting it to boot properly, I found a deceptively simple workaround for this: Just type "help" on the BOOT prompt, and when you get the help menu, just hit enter. The system will now boot!
Confirmed that this also works for me when booting a USB stick created by 10.10's USB creator.
Thanks much for that tip. I have been playing around for 2 weeks with various Linux distros and USB flash drive
creation tools (Live USB Creator, Universal USB Installer, Unetbootin, etc.) - just to make a bootable flash drive
for any Windows computer (I have Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 systems). I had fooled around with Linux
(mostly SuSe and Red Hat) around 2007 - but had not been around it much since then. Just wanted to get back with it.
Mercifully, success with Linx Mint 10 came when I did 2 things:
A. Stopped using an 8 GB flash drive because it could not be formatted with FAT, only FAT32. Began using 2 GB and 4 GB
B. Even though I go the error about vesamenu.c32 at boot up - I hit the TAB key, and then Enter - and the disk then
booted and brought me to the Linux Mint 10 desktop.
Each example I see of syslinux.cfg is different from mine, but the key lines are the same, and when you hit "tab" at the "boot" prompt you should see those options (label) for booting
...then, as noted by others, if you type one of these commands you will boot in that mode.
So type "live" and you will boot normally.
But, like you, I wanted to do it automatically; that's how I got here; looking for answers. Not quick enough!!
So I experimented....
*****Change the "default" where, at or near the first line of syslinux.cfg, it says
replace "vesamenu.c32" with "live" and voila!!!! the autoboot we wanted!!
menu title ArtistX DVD 1.0
menu background splash.png
menu color title 1;37;44 #c0ffffff #00000000 std
menu label live - boot the Live System
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
menu label xforcevesa - boot Live in safe graphics mode
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper xforcevesa initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
menu label textonly - boot Live in textonly mode
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper textonly initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet --
menu label debug - boot the Live System without splash and show boot info
append noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/custom.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz nosplash --
menu label memtest - Run memtest
menu label hd - boot the first hard disk