Adding UBCD411 menu(s) and Win9x Rescue Image(s)

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Adding UBCD411 menu(s) and Win9x Rescue Image(s)

#1 Post by coin » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:31 pm

1. Wonder what the best way would be to go about adding another c:\ubcd-extract\menus\.*.cfg file besides the ones already present plus the overflow c:\ubcd-extract\custom\custom.cfg :?: :?:
A nice feature to have.
Already tried creating a c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsks3.cfg and putting inside this a Linux boot LiveCD that was working fine in c:\ubcd-extract\bootdsk2.cfg\
When the new UBCD.ISO (version 4.1.1) was created and launched, selecting just the bootdsk3.cfg itself caused the screen to go all blank even before any attempt to select proper boot disk :?

2. Another nice feature to have is the ability boot a Windows 9x system from a rescue image.
Already tried using Windows 98 rescue images from http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/98.html to rescue-boot a Win98 system.
No luck.
Maybe creating a Win98.igz from an ISO at http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html and placing it in c:\ubcd-extract\images to boot via c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsk1.cfg would work :?:
Would sort of have to use c:\ubcd-extract\menus/bootdsk1.cfg until the requested feature of adding another boot menu.cfg becomes available.

Have already downloaded the updated syslinux-3.71 updates and repeatedly copied over the required files to c:\ubcd-extract\isolinux\

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#2 Post by Icecube » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:12 pm

See the following topic to see how the directory layout of UBCD5 will be (and why):
viewtopic.php?t=1521
coin wrote:Already tried creating a c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsks3.cfg and putting inside this a Linux boot LiveCD that was working fine in c:\ubcd-extract\bootdsk2.cfg\
When the new UBCD.ISO (version 4.1.1) was created and launched, selecting just the bootdsk3.cfg itself caused the screen to go all blank even before any attempt to select proper boot disk
What are the contents of the c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsks3.cfg file?


Read the following links carefully to understand how syslinux, isolinux, memdisk and the menu system work.
General info about syslinux / isolinux / memdisk:
http://syslinux.zytor.com/faq.php

Information about the menu system of syslinux:
http://syslinux.zytor.com/menu.php

You can find those files also in the syslinux package in the doc directory.
coin wrote:Would sort of have to use c:\ubcd-extract\menus/bootdsk1.cfg until the requested feature of adding another boot menu.cfg becomes available.
You can make as many cfg files as you want (the filename must be 8 characters at maximum + 3 for the extension). Read the links above to understand how syslinux works.

I would recommend that you use UBCD5 beta v5 to add custom images. It won't take that long untill the final comes out. Else you have to edit a lot of cfg files again.

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Overflow from bootdsk1.cfg and bootdsk2.cfg

#3 Post by coin » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:06 pm

What are the contents of the c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsks3.cfg file?
Sure thing.
Contents of current c:\ubcd-extract\menus\bootdsk3.cfg :

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MENU INCLUDE /menus/defaults.cfg
    LABEL back
    MENU LABEL ..Back one level
    KERNEL menu.c32
    APPEND /menus/bootdsk.cfg

LABEL baslin35
    MENU LABEL Basic Linux 3.50
    KERNEL /baslin35/baslinux
    APPEND root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=22000 initrd=/baslin35/baslinux.gz

LABEL dsl3
    MENU LABEL Damn Small Linux 3.4.12
    CONFIG /dsl3/isolinux.cfg

LABEL rescuecd
    MENU LABEL SystemRescueCD 1.1.0
    CONFIG /rescuecd/isolinux/rescuecd.cfg 

LABEL slax
    MENU LABEL Slax 6.0.7
    KERNEL /slax/slax
    APPEND initrd=/slax/slax.gz ramdisk_size=10000 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=xconf;telinit~4 changes=/slax/

LABEL slax2ram
    MENU LABEL Slax2RAM (loads slax to ram)
    KERNEL /slax/slax
    APPEND initrd=/slax/slax.gz ramdisk_size=10000 root=/dev/ram0 rw copy2ram autoexec=xconf;telinit~4

LABEL w98
    MENU LABEL Windows 98 Boot Disk
    KERNEL memdisk
    APPEND initrd=/w9xboot/w98.img
Am presently reviewing both the 'COMBOOT IMAGES AND OTHER OPERATING SYSTEM' section of http://syslinux.zytor.com/faq.php and the ' THE SIMPLE MENU SYSTEM' section of http://syslinux.zytor.com/menu.php
Possibility that a 'KERNEL chain.c32' would have to replace the above 'KERNEL memdisk'menu directive in order to keep this bootdsk3.cfg from falling flat again
Doin' my homework! :wink:
To Replace or Not to Replace; That is the Question :lol:.
I would recommend that you use UBCD5 beta v5 to add custom images. It won't take that long untill the final comes out. Else you have to edit a lot of cfg files again.
Makes some sense, yet network-carrier reps don't prefer imminent (or possible future) use of [bit]torrents :x
See viewtopic.php?t=1398

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