F14 syslinux boot issue

Kevin Gordon kgordon420 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 13:11:41 EST 2010


Please forgive me if this doesn't belong here, but I'm a rookie :-)

The new F14 live SoaS spin from the Sugarlabs link, when put onto a USB
stick using the Fedora Windows Live-USB-Creator, hangs immediately on
attempted boot at the initial " SYSLINUX 3.81 ....."   line.  It would
appear that this 3.81 version used by the creator may be too old for F14.
I notice on a raw F14-DVD ISO spin that it was using 4.02 SYSLINUX.  So, I
poked around and found that there is this neat little zip archive up at
If you unzip it then drill down into the win32 (or win64 if you are using a
64-bit machine to build)  and then copy that decompressed syslinux.exe over
the one in the LiveUSB program file "Tools" sub directory, and then go ahead
and re-build the USB stick, all is good.

On a tangential note, the new SoaS build doesnt appear in the dropdown for
LiveUSB Creator yet, but downloading it from the Sugarlabs spins to the
machine, and then using the browse function on the creator pointing to the
downloaded ISO wokrs fine. (Just a friendly reminder to increase the
persistent storage, on a 4GB stick I chose 1220 and it seems to work fine).
The USB stick was formatted to FAT32, 32kb blocks, with Name FEDORA before
running the create. And o yeah, don't forget to change the BIOS boot order
to pick the USB HDD as the first.

Cheers, and apologies for putting a Windows/Fedora/SoaS posting in the OLPC
stream.  Perhaps someone more senior in the Fedora and Sugar areas who
monitors this could ship this upstream to a more appropriate place for those
who might want to know.

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