no boot on my usb stick

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pitchalov
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no boot on my usb stick

Post by pitchalov » 07 Mar 2007, 13:43

Hello

I tried to install sysrcd-0.3.3 on my usb stick on Windows XP, doing exactly the same than on the topic:
>Format my usb stick in the FAT format
>Copying files on the root of the stick : sysrcd.dat, syslinux/syslinux.cfg, isolinux/* and bootdisk/*
>using syslinux on my key (copying syslinux.exe in C:/WINDOWS and typing

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syslinux Y:
in a shell, my usb stick having the letter Y: )

My usb stick is recognized at the boot of my computer, but nothing happen.
I modified the boot sequency to boot on usb, but there is no boot on it.

Could someone help me??

thanks

ps : excuse me for my english if it is bad

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Post by admin » 07 Mar 2007, 15:17

Sometimes the USB stick is seen as an hard disk by the BIOS. Try to have a "boot menu" (by pressing a key at startup), or try all possible kind of bootable supports in your BIOS (removable medias, hard disks, ...)

pitchalov
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Post by pitchalov » 07 Mar 2007, 16:06

Sometimes the USB stick is seen as an hard disk by the BIOS. Try to have a "boot menu" (by pressing a key at startup), or try all possible kind of bootable supports in your BIOS (removable medias, hard disks, ...)
Thanks for your replie

I have ever tested all possibilities at boot for the USB :
>USB-HDD
>USB-FDD
>USB-ZIP
>USB-CDROM

No one works. The Hard Drive boots on Windows.
Else there are Cdrom and Floppy, so the problem isn't here.

(NB : I have a slax on an usb stick and the boot works with USB-HDD)

Would you have other ideas?

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Post by admin » 07 Mar 2007, 16:35

It may be related to the way your disk was formatted, have a look at this page: http://syslinux.zytor.com/usbkey.php

pitchalov
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Post by pitchalov » 07 Mar 2007, 17:45

OK I understand, it may be that.
But how can I do on Windows? Should I have to format my stick in a FAT32 format?
I am going to try.

I'll tell tomorrow

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pitchalov
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Post by pitchalov » 07 Mar 2007, 22:30

I have tested with the USB stick formated in FAT32, and the problem is the same.

Booting with the stick on an other computer, I had this message :
boot :
could not fin kernel image : linux
Can the problem be with syslinux?
Is that normal if I have nothing writed in my shell when I do the command "syslinux Y:"? (no error message, ok, but no message at all...)

For example :
C:\> syslinux Y:

C:\>

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Post by admin » 07 Mar 2007, 22:47

Your usb stick is booting well, since we have syslinux. The problem is syslinux cannot find the kernel, but that's really not a problem related to the bios or something like that

it seems there is a problem because the syslinux is not supposed to boot linux, it should be vmlinuz1.

There may be a problem with syslinux.cfg. Could you give me a list of the files on your usb device ?

syslinux Y: is not supposed to print a message, there is no error.

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Post by pitchalov » 08 Mar 2007, 19:06

I put here the list of the files and folders I have on the root of the usb stick.
sysrcd.dat
usbstick.htm
syslinux-3.36.zip
syslinux.cfg
<REP> maps
boot.cat
f1boot.lss
f1boot.msg
f2help.lss
f2help.msg
f3kern.lss
f3kern.msg
f4arun.lss
f4arun.msg
isolinux.bin
isolinux.cfg
memdisk
memtest86
vmlinuz1
vmlinuz1.igz
aida.img
dban.img
freedos.img
gag.img
memtestp.img
ntpass.img
ranish.img

26 fichier(s) 126 884 138 octets
1 Rép(s) 894 709 760 octets libres
I think I have all what I'm supposed to have, because I did exactly like on the tutorial.
There are the content of the folders syslinux, isolinux and bootdisk, and the file sysrcd.dat of the CD systemrescue 0.3.3


I put here the begining of the syslinux.cfg on the root of my usb stick :
timeout 300
prompt 1
display f1boot.msg
F1 f1boot.msg
F2 f2help.msg
F3 f3kern.msg
F4 f4arun.msg

label fb640
kernel vmlinuz1
append initrd=vmlinuz1.igz root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc vga=785 looptype=squashfs loop=/sysrcd.dat dokeymap splash=silent scandelay=10 cdroot=/dev/sd

label fb800
kernel vmlinuz1
append initrd=vmlinuz1.igz root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc vga=788 looptype=squashfs loop=/sysrcd.dat dokeymap splash=silent scandelay=10 cdroot=/dev/sd

...
can it help?
I really don't understand what is wrong...

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Post by admin » 09 Mar 2007, 09:31

The problem is the error message (could not fin kernel image : linux) has no sense, since we never ask to start on a file named linux. The name of the kernel image file is vmlinuz1, not linux.

The first line (default fb800) of the syslinux.cfg is missing in your post.

Before you have this error (could not fin kernel image : linux), what did you do ? Did you press enter ? Did you type linux on your keyboard ? You should try to type fb640 of fb800 at the boot prompt.

If that does not work, please try with SysRescCd-0.3.4_beta2 (or newer). The syslinux.cfg file has been rewritten, and vmlinuz1 renamed to rescuecd.

Download: http://www.sysresccd.org/Beta

pitchalov
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Post by pitchalov » 12 Mar 2007, 08:03

Hello
The first line (default fb800) of the syslinux.cfg is missing in your post.
I don't know why I have not this line at the top of thr syslinux.cfg...
Before you have this error (could not fin kernel image : linux), what did you do ? Did you press enter ? Did you type linux on your keyboard ?
Before I had this weird error, I did nothing more than insert my usb stick and boot the computer. I typed nothing on my keyboard, I didn't press enter...
You should try to type fb640 of fb800 at the boot prompt.
Actually, I have no prompt, just the error, so I can not try any of those solutions.


So I'm going to try the beta 0.3.4, I will see if it works better and I will tell.

Thank you

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Post by pitchalov » 13 Mar 2007, 13:56

After having tested slax live-cd and damn small linux on my usb stick, which have booted well (so the problem was not from my usb device), I have tried with the live cd SysRescCd-0.3.4_beta2.

I did exactly the same than on the SysRescCd-0.3.3 version and I don't know why, but it worked immediatly very well! :)

So thank you you resolved my problem.
I don't ever know why the 0.3.3 version didn't work.

Maybe I will look at that. If I find I will post here the solution.
Do I have to quote somewhere that the problem have been resolved?

Thanks
Bye

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Post by admin » 13 Mar 2007, 19:16

Thanks for your report, you don't have to close the bug since there is no bug system management.

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Post by alphacentauri » 20 Mar 2007, 18:08

hello everybody,

I have the same problem with the SysRescCd-0.3.4 version; my error message is

boot :
could not fin kernel image : rescuecd

here is the beginning of my syslinux.cfg:

default rescuecd
append root=/dev/ram0 initrd=rescuecd.igz init=/linuxrc vga=788 looptype=squashfs loop=/sysrcd.dat dokeymap scandelay=10 cdroot=/dev/sd splash=silent
timeout 300
prompt 1
display f1boot.msg
F1 f1boot.msg
F2 f2help.msg
F3 f3kern.msg
F4 f4arun.msg
label fb640
kernel rescuecd
append root=/dev/ram0 initrd=rescuecd.igz init=/linuxrc vga=785 looptype=squashfs loop=/sysrcd.dat dokeymap scandelay=10 cdroot=/dev/sd splash=silent
label fb800
kernel rescuecd
append root=/dev/ram0 initrd=rescuecd.igz init=/linuxrc vga=788 looptype=squashfs loop=/sysrcd.dat dokeymap scandelay=10 cdroot=/dev/sd splash=silent
label fb1024

here is part of the content of /
20/03/2007 18:17 <REP> bootdisk
20/03/2007 18:17 <REP> isolinux
20/03/2007 18:17 <REP> syslinux
17/03/2007 15:04 106ÿ803ÿ200 sysrcd.dat
21/12/2006 16:24 876 usbstick.htm
06/03/2007 20:29 3ÿ764 syslinux.cfg
20/03/2007 18:21 <REP> maps
17/03/2007 15:14 2ÿ048 boot.cat
17/03/2007 15:13 602 f1boot.msg
17/03/2007 15:07 10ÿ932 isolinux.bin
16/03/2007 16:35 7ÿ297 f1boot.lss
16/03/2007 16:35 2ÿ977 f2help.lss
16/03/2007 16:35 1ÿ304 f2help.msg
16/03/2007 16:35 3ÿ149 f3kern.lss
16/03/2007 16:35 1ÿ811 f3kern.msg
16/03/2007 16:35 3ÿ044 f4arun.lss
16/03/2007 16:35 1ÿ261 f4arun.msg
16/03/2007 16:26 3ÿ373ÿ132 rescuecd.igz
16/03/2007 16:07 3ÿ867ÿ739 rescuecd
16/03/2007 14:23 3ÿ755 isolinux.cfg
26/02/2007 15:29 20ÿ056 memdisk
22/11/2006 18:03 94ÿ760 memtest86
12/02/2007 13:47 44ÿ206 memtestp.img
21/12/2006 16:24 612ÿ183 aida.img
21/12/2006 16:24 1ÿ474ÿ560 dban.img
21/12/2006 16:24 174ÿ287 freedos.img
21/12/2006 16:24 274ÿ186 gag.img
21/12/2006 16:24 1ÿ368ÿ744 ntpass.img
21/12/2006 16:24 41ÿ077 ranish.img

seems like rescuecd is available... :cry:

I use "usb hdd" to boot from my stick (no other usb boot option available); could this be the problem????

thanks for your advice

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