Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: May 07 2007,11:22
After trashing my backup.tar.gz file whilst messing around with extensions [sigh], I thought I'd try something different for a USB boot...
I saw in another post that the later versions of syslinux include extlinux - a utility that can be used to boot from an ext2 partition. Strangely this did not compile when I made the syslinux-mssys extension but it did compile this time.
Together with the Windows ext2 drivers from here I can now boot DSL from a USB stick using an ext2 partition and read/write files to it in Windows. This may help those people with large USB sticks (>512MB) who cannot boot DSL/DSL-N from a single FAT/FAT32 partition.
Assuming you have a working FAT/FAT32 USB boot, copy all of the files somewhere safe, then:
|Code Sample |
|# sfdisk /dev/sdb [or wherever your target USB stick is]|
/dev/sdb1 :0 1022 83 *
Units = cylinders of 507904 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0
Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 0+ 1021 1022- 506911+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sdb3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sdb4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
Do you want to write this to disk? [ynq] y
Successfully wrote the new partition table
Re-reading the partition table ...
# mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdb1
mke2fs 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
OS type: Linux
Block size=1024 (log=0)
Fragment size=1024 (log=0)
126976 inodes, 506908 blocks
25345 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=1
62 block groups
8192 blocks per group, 8192 fragments per group
2048 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
8193, 24577, 40961, 57345, 73729, 204801, 221185, 401409
Writing inode tables: done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done
This filesystem will be automatically checked every 32 mounts or
180 days, whichever comes first. Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
# mount -t ext2 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1
# extlinux -i /mnt/sdb1
/mnt/sdb1 is device /dev/sdb1
This will leave the following in the root directory of the USB stick:
/lost+found [empty directory]
1. Copy all of your original FAT/FAT32 USB stick files to the newly formatted ext2 USB stick except ldlinux.sys. Note - you may need to rename /knoppix/knoppix to /KNOPPIX/KNOPPIX since ext2 cares about case.
2. Rename syslinux.cfg to extlinux.conf
Once this is done, you should be able to boot from the ext2 USB stick.