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Hi,

you can check if your ISO is bootable with programs like Magiciso.

Do this check before you write it to the stick.

Magiciso can not recognize the (files on?) theU3-CDROM.

MGE

Thanks,I wanted test if the pen was bootable. :whistle:

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Dear Floppy,

I understood you question but do not know a program or method to show if the stick is bootable.

Please let me know if your ISO was/is bootable before you wrote it to the Sandisk

by testing it with for instance MagicISO.

MGE

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Dear Floppy,

I understood you question but do not know a program or method to show if the stick is bootable.

Please let me know if your ISO was/is bootable before you wrote it to the Sandisk

by testing it with for instance MagicISO.

MGE

Hey

I used the same ISO as I wrote to DVD. It has never failed.The thing is that when I tried to boot from the USB pen, it seems that the pen is found during post up....but the process seems to halt.That's why I was wondring about if it was possible to chck if the pen was bootable.

And thankyou for responding to my question.(And for ignoring my bad spelling :sneaky: )

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Hi Floppy,

you wrote this earlier:

> I tried with iso only 450Mb---> The program finished ok.

> But I could not boot from pen, Message was "NO OPERATING SYSTEM"

Please test this ISO with MagicISO for bootebility.

The DVD might be OK, but you could not write it to the pen.

So that gives no information.

You succeeded to write the smaller ISO. But this one cannot boot from the pen.

So most probably the created ISO itself is not booteble.

That's why I asked to test this ISO for bootability.

MGE

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Hi Floppy,

you wrote this earlier:

> I tried with iso only 450Mb---> The program finished ok.

> But I could not boot from pen, Message was "NO OPERATING SYSTEM"

Please test this ISO with MagicISO for bootebility.

The DVD might be OK, but you could not write it to the pen.

So that gives no information.

You succeeded to write the smaller ISO. But this one cannot boot from the pen.

So most probably the created ISO itself is not booteble.

That's why I asked to test this ISO for bootability.

MGE

My language is not English :rolleyes:

If I burn the small ISO on a dvd I can boot from it. I did the "MagicISO" thing.(See pic)

Pic064.jpg

Thank you for your effort! :thumbup

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Hi Floppy,

I am not an expert, but found this:

" The CD-ROM file system (CDRFS) is a read-only local file system implementation under the logical file system (LFS) layer. The CDRFS is stored on CD-ROM media. The DVD-ROM file system (UDFS) is a read-only file system stored on DVD-ROM media."

Maybe that is the reason for your usb-stick boot problem.

With Nlite you can easily create a bootable CDROM ISO

MGE

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Hi,

Thanks for the guide.

I wonder in I can put other files in the main disk on key folder while doing this?

Also I would like to know, which method works for sure, the first one or the second one (with ResHack edit)?

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Hello,

I've juste tested the tutorial proposed and it worked fine for me with a Sandisk cruzer micro U3 with 2Gig ram.

I installed a full WinXP SP2 MSDN ISO file on my USB stick and I was able to boot on it (this iso does 700Mg).

I also tried with a generated ISO of True Image 11 with no problem at all (50Mg Iso).

Wanted to add 3 things/information to the discution :

----- Language -----

I also had the same problem as above, so keep in mind that :

1031 : For German

1033 : For english

1036 : For French

...... : So one

Language is writen at the start like this (this is entry 1031) :

STRINGTABLE

LANGUAGE LANG_GERMAN, SUBLANG_GERMAN

{

...

}

You must edit your language depending on OS language starting the exe program.

----- Parameter changed -----

If you check the difference between the prebuild Universal_Customizer and the one you can make your self with U3 Launchpad v1.4.0.2 Updater you can notice that the value for String Table

133 : 2121 is "__SIZE_OF_REPLACED_FILE_IN_ISO__" (not mentionned in tutorial)

132 : 2109 is "__LP_VERSION__" (with two "_" not one like in tutorial)

Adding or not those changes seems not to effect result so I just mention them in case.

----- Not working -----

Booting on U3 is a chalenge because "old" computers do not know how to do it. I tried my key on 4 computers.

5 years old : Not a chance, does not know how to detect USB at boot up

2~3 years old : depends, if your bios does not explicitly see your usb key as a CD-ROM drive, forget it it will never work. Typically if it sees only your USB as a HDD you get the "Not System / bootable Disk" error.

6 months old : it is just a bit frustation, because at boot, you must configure your bios in order to select the CD-ROM Usb key found by the bios. This means that the key must be pluged in before entering bios. In my case, my computer shows the key as two differents element : USB HDD and USB CDROM. You must select USB-CDROM for booting on ISO image.

What may be confusing is :

- sometimes it just says USB Micro Cruzer .... (no info about HDD or CDROM)

- sometimes you will see twice the same label (so peek one and if it does not work try the other one)

- if you remove your key, bios will not keep information, so next time you put your key back you will have to set back you bios option.

Best regards,

Renaud.

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Hello,

Renaud: thanx for the additions.

I tested on a Vostro 200 and used the F12-key in pre-boot-time to select the USB-CDROM

I suppose Vista will work with Vlite. Vlite creates a CDROM-iso. But I have not tested it.

Zach_H:

You can easely add other files to the ISO with Nlite or MagicISO ea

After reading the warnings of Jaclaz I would prefer method 2: build your own installer.

MGE

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I understood you question but do not know a program or method to show if the stick is bootable.

Isoinfo list boot information from U3 CD-ROM.

'cdrecord -scanbus' list device numbers.

3,0,0 300) 'SanDisk ' 'U3 Titanium ' '3.21' Removable CD-ROM

4,0,0 400) 'SanDisk ' 'U3 Titanium ' '3.21' Removable Disk

Recogince the 'Removable CD-ROM' and the 'Removable Disk'.
isoinfo.exe -d dev=3,0,0

CD-ROM is in ISO 9660 format

...

Volume size is: 313549

El Torito VD version 1 found, boot catalog is in sector 586

...

Eltorito validation header:

Hid 1

Arch 0 (x86)

ID ''

Key 55 AA

Eltorito defaultboot header:

Bootid 88 (bootable)

Boot media 0 (No Emulation Boot)

Load segment 0

Sys type 0

Nsect 4

Bootoff 24B 587

http://cdrecord.berlios.de/

Win32 binaries: http://www.student.tugraz.at/thomas.plank/

Booting on U3 is a chalenge because "old" computers do not know how to do it.
Thanks for confirmation. Unfortunaletly I use old hardware: no U3 boot.
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Been trying all day to install xp from usb and this turned out to be the perfect way! Thanks for making this thread!!!

I used a Sandisk Cruzer Contour 4GB and a MSI Wind U100 laptop. As said by someone Universal Customizer doesn't in with vista, but worked perfect in xp. Also know that you will erase anything on your drive if theres anything there!

Thanks again, perfect solution if u have a u3 stick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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