[syslinux] Problems booting from CF

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu Dec 11 16:27:57 PST 2003

Carlos Tous Ferrer wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> It's my first time asking something here. I've a 128 MB Compact Flash
> and I tried to boot up a Linux mini distro from it. This distro worked
> previously from a floppy using syslinux, with the tipical initrd booting
> system. Now I'm trying to boot it from CF, but I can't. By other side
> I've another distro that boots from pxelinux that I want to make it boot
> from CF as well, but when I try it from syslinux in a CF system hangs. 
> I'm writing to the CF through a USB card writer from my laptop and it's
> mounted as SDD1. 
> Note: When I try to write with syslinux system, this tell me that the
> number of sectors per track isn't a multiple of sectors, but I can force
> it. 

Since you're mounting your filesystem as a partition, you need to have 
an MBR installed.  Do you?


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