F14 syslinux boot issue

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Sat Dec 4 10:18:33 EST 2010

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM, Kevin Gordon <kgordon420 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Folks:
> 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
> http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/4.xx/syslinux-4.02.zip.
> 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.

There's details of the problem in this blog post.



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