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Old 01-06-2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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trouble with syslinux for usb flash boot

Hi, I'm trying to install Featherlinux to a usb flash drive that is plugged into a windows box and I can't figure out how to run syslinux based on the instructions i have been given. Where do I put the unzipped syslinux files? What dos command(s) do I enter to run syslinux?

These instructions are really easy until he gets to the part that says "Then run Syslinux"

Instructions - installing Feather Linux to a USB drive

First, download the latest version of Feather Linux USB edition. You should now have a file called, where 0.x.x is the current version. Unzip that file to your USB drive you can do this in Linux using the unzip command, or using Winzip in Windows.

Then run syslinux, which will install the bootloader needed for Feather Linux to be able to boot from the USB drive. Syslinux can be downloaded from kernel, and you can find out more about it at syslinux zytor. Under Linux, you would type:
syslinux /dev/sda1
if your USB drive is usually found at /dev/sda1, and in Windows type:
syslinux.exe E:
if your USB drive is found at E:. That should make your USB drive bootable, and now you can run Feather Linux.

I did everything he said before that and I also unzipped syslinux to a
a folder on my dektop. featherlinux is unzipped into the usb flash drive as he told me to.

My question is how do I "Run Syslinux". I've brought up a dos prompt and tried to execute syslinux.exe but It won't go there or is says its not going to work. The man page seems vague.

Old 01-07-2005, 02:13 AM   #2
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Installing syslinux

download the latest syslinux zipfile from here:

unzip the zipfile

open a command prompt, and go to the directory where you unzipped syslinux

run syslinux.exe (not, and give it the drive letter of your USB drive, thusly: syslinux.exe_X:
or syslinux.exe e: etc.

You should now have a file called "ldlinux.sys" in the root of the filesystem.

Syslinux is now installed, and you should be ready to boot with it

Also, in order to create a bootable Linux floppy using SYSLINUX, prepare a normal MS-DOS formatted floppy. Copy one or more Linux kernel files to it, then execute the DOS command:

syslinux [-s] a:

SYSLINUX can boot from a FAT12 or FAT16 filesystem partition on a hard disk. The installation procedure is identical to the procedure for installing it on a floppy, and should work under either DOS or Linux.

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