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    Question Syslinux bootloader support?

    Please consider adding support for the EXTLINUX boot loader in EasyBCD.

    From the Syslinux project web page:

    The Syslinux Project covers lightweight bootloaders for MS-DOS FAT filesystems (SYSLINUX), network booting (PXELINUX), bootable "El Torito" CD-ROMs (ISOLINUX), and Linux ext2/ext3/ext4 or btrfs filesystems (EXTLINUX).

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    Hi ermo, welcome to NST.

    I'll look into the EXTLINUX project for the next version of EasyBCD
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    I got in touch w/H. Peter Anvin (the original author of Syslinux) in #syslinux on the freenode irc network. Hpa mentioned that he'd written a short blurb about using syslinux with EasyBCD here: http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/Windows_BCD

    You may or may not find it useful in your investigations.

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    Thanks

    Addendum:

    From his post, it would seem that there really isn't much that needs to be done in EasyBCD. I'd just have to clone the LiLO option, and change the name

    The warning Peter adds about the separate BCD partition is no longer needed with EasyBCD 2.0, which takes care of all such issues automagically.
    Last edited by Computer Guru; September 14th, 2010 at 04:02 AM. Reason: Automagically-merged double-post.
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    Great!

    Quote Originally Posted by from #syslinux
    <ermo> hpa: The author of EasyBCD has responded that he'll look at syslinux support for the next release. I pointed him to Windows BCD - Syslinux Wiki so we'll see how it pans out, I guess
    <hpa> ermo: Please tell him to feel free to email me for discussions, too
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    "hpa at zytor dot com".
    Cheers!
    Last edited by -ermo-; September 14th, 2010 at 10:45 AM.

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    Awesome!
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    *bump*

    Any progress?

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    Hello ermo,

    It's done and will be available in the next beta build of EasyBCD
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    I added Syslinux option to Windows 7 Boot Menu on 1st NTFS HD partition, using current NeoGrub, but Syslinux doesn't boot from the 2nd FAT32 partition, giving error: "Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart". Does NeoGrub add any files to the partition selected to boot Syslinux from or a host boot partition? Why it doesn't add a default (even empty is better than none) syslinux.cfg file?

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    No. EasyBCD assumes you already have a fully configured syslinux bootloader.
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    Well, since EasyBCD targets novices, its not the best approach IMHO. May I suggest to use Chainload syslinux from grub4dos info and method to add required Syslinux files to a target FAT32 drive... EasyBCD should add a default Syslinux.cfg and vesamenu.c32 with other Syslinux files, and .cfg can later be edited by a user (similar to editing NeoGrub Menu) to avoid novice users facing BSOD at starting Syslinux. A sample of the default Syslinux.cfg is given at the end of that Tutorial.

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