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#1 2012-12-31 03:48:04

Xyne
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[UNSOLVABLE]syslinux: how do you add a menu entry to boot from a CD?

I thought this would be simple but I just can't find the answer.

How can I create a menu entry in Syslinux to boot from a CD or DVD drive? I thought it would be as simple as chainloading the device but I do not know how to specify the device, e.g.

LABEL disc
  MENU LABEL Switch To Bootable Disc
  COM32 chain.c32
  ???

I have tried "APPEND hdx" (with x replaced by the number of disks I have) and "APPEND fd0". Are there other "hidden" options?  I have not tested "APPEND mbr:" commands because the required serial number is disk-dependent as I understand it. I want to be able to boot from any live CD that I insert (don't worry, this is on a password-protected submenu so security is not an issue).

I feel like an idiot. What am I missing?

Last edited by Xyne (2013-01-01 23:35:20)

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#2 2012-12-31 04:14:48

djgera
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Re: [UNSOLVABLE]syslinux: how do you add a menu entry to boot from a CD?

Nope, syslinux does not contain any driver to boot from a cd-rom drive. So you need to chainload memdisk then load smart boot manager wink

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#3 2013-01-01 23:33:42

Xyne
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Re: [UNSOLVABLE]syslinux: how do you add a menu entry to boot from a CD?

Well, that sucks. I'm not going to change bootloaders just for that though as I'm overall very satisfied with Syslinux. I suppose that I'll just change the boot order in BIOS when necessary.

At least I'm not a complete idiot (in this case).

Thanks for the reply.

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