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 Add floppy images to the F2 boot screen 
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Joined: 09 Apr 2010, 13:54
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Post Add floppy images to the F2 boot screen
I'm sorry if this is the wrong place for this post, but I didn't know where else to turn. I've read over the customization part of the manual but didn't see what I was looking for.

I have a 2.88 MB floppy image. I would like to integrate that with the system rescue cd. I have created the CD and followed the instructions to make it USB bootable, that works fine. I added my floppy image to the bootdisk directory on my usb drive. In the syslinux folder I have added the following to syslinux.cfg

label floppy
kernel memdisk
append initrd=/bootdisk/floppy.img floppy

This entry is in between the entries for gag and dban. So it looks like this:

label gag
kernel memdisk
append initrd=/bootdisk/gag.img floppy
label ghost
kernel memdisk
append initrd=/bootdisk/ghost.img floppy
label dban
kernel memdisk
append initrd=/bootdisk/dban.img floppy

It is worth mentioning that my floppy.img file was originally floppy.ima. I simply renamed the file and changed the extension from .ima to img. I'm not sure if this was a good idea. But I thought that .ima and .img files were similar enough that I could get away with it.

When I boot and press F2 I do not see my floppy in list of bootable images. What have I done wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help.


P.S. Would there be any point in my posting my entire syslinux.cfg file?

09 Apr 2010, 14:03

Joined: 09 Apr 2010, 13:54
Posts: 2
Post Re: Add floppy images to the F2 boot screen
I've made some progress. My edit to syslinux.cfg was successful.
In the syslinux folder I made changes to the f2images.msg file so that the name of my floppy shows up in the menu.
When I type the name of floppy image, it is detected and attempts to boot. I get the following read out:

Ramdisk at 0x769af000, length 0x002d0000
command line: initrd=/bootdisk/ghost.ima floppy BOOT_IMAGE=memdisk
Disk is floppy 0, 2880 K, C/H/S/ = 80/2/36, EDD off
Total size needed = 2466 bytes, allocating 3 K
Old dos memory at 0x9d000 (map says 0x9d000), loading at 0x9c400
1588: 0xffff 15e801: 0x3c00 0x759a
INT 13 08: Success, count = 0, BPT = 0000:0000
old: int13 = e0f43265 int15 = f000f859
new: int13 = 9c40000a int15 = 9c40037c
Loading boot sector... booting...

And then all I get is a blinking cursor. I have also tried using a floppy image that is a .img file and is the standard 1.44 MB size, I get the same result.

I don't really know where to go from here. I feel like I'm close, but maybe I'm not.


13 Apr 2010, 16:08

Joined: 22 Sep 2010, 12:53
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23 Sep 2010, 07:24
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