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james_deepak

multibooting linux with XP

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To re-cap:

BCDW does perfectly a limited number of things, on CD/DVD only.

Syslinux/Memdisk/Isolinux do perfectly a greater number of things, both on CD/DVD and HD-like devices, but is more "Linux oriented", a derivative project, Siblo:

http://simplux.org/siblo/

might give some additional features more "NT oriented"

grub4dos has almost total "Linux compatibility", being derived from "legacy grub 0.97", it is also DOS and NT oriented, to which you can add several advanced features unavailable with the other programs, since a large number of Linux distro already use grub legacy, the menu.lst entries are compatible (or need on ly slight mods).

What I find "superior" in grub4dos is the fact that the SAME files (provided that the menu.lst is written appropriately) can normally be used with no modifications on CD/DVD, HD-like devices and floppy-like devices, and the .iso mapping feature, very very handy (for those OS with which it is compatible) in a multiboot environment.

But each program has it's own pluses and minuses, so, as cdob advised, there is not a "better" choice, they are tools, simply use the one that does the needed work better or faster.

jaclaz

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Is there a tutorial on how to write an isolinux.cfg(very important for linux distributions,Isolinux bootloader).My multiboot CD is 800Mb in size Is there any tool that can fit it to a 700Mb CD. :whistle:

Edited by james_deepak

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What are the advantages of RockRidge ?
ISO96660:1999 and RockRigge support long file names and my requirements. E.g. DOS, XP, PE and Knoppix at one DVD.

Joliet dosn't support long names: official 64 chars, does work up to 110 chars.

Actually RockRidge is not a addinal file system, that's a extension ot ISO9660.

Extension is included within ISO9660 possibilities.

Is there a tutorial on how to write an isolinux.cfg
http://www.msfn.org/board/Super-Disc-Multi...-Pr-t94398.html

http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/SYSLINUX

Documentation within syslinux http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/

My multiboot CD is 800Mb in size Is there any tool that can fit it to a 700Mb CD. :whistle:
Of course: the tool is a proper CD writer.

Use gigarec=1.2 and write 840Mb at 700Mb media. :whistle:

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RockRidge support basically allows you to add symlinks and Linux file perm's to your disc.

You usually need it for install cd's and things like the repo on the Ubuntu livecd's. In my experience it also breaks the XP install routine (because it can't read the disc anymore) but for some really weird reason has no effect on Win/BartPE.

ISO96660:1999 and RockRigge support long file names and my requirements. E.g. DOS, XP, PE and Knoppix at one DVD.

Joliet dosn't support long names: official 64 chars, does work up to 110 chars.

I'm now wondering if mkisofs -iso-level 4 (ISO96660:1999) fixes the XP install issue then.

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is gigarec=1.2 a Overburning format. If so where can i enable it in Nero(any version) or other burner applications

No, check this GOOGLE for more info about Gigarec. Overburning to the extent that you desire (800+ MB) is notoriously unreliable, specifically when moving the OB disc from PC to PC. Overburning in general isn't a recommended practice, bec depending on your drive, one can cause permanent damage to the drive. But it's like overclocking, most folks (incl myself) will push the envelope a bit since the cost of a optical drive isn't that great and the likelihood of damage is small (if you're not overambitious.) Personally, I only exceed the normal CD-R capacity by 10-30MB and have never regretted it (w/ a wrecked drive.)

IAC, if you desire > 700MB discs, you really should be thinking DVD-Rs, from a reliability and compatibility standpoint.

However, based on your questions, you should really start w/ simpler projects, that is projects that don't exceed 700MB. It seems that most newbies that find this forum have grandiose ambitions for these multi-boot discs, but very little experience. Every one that does have that experience (ie. jaclaz, cdob, kof94, and myself) has obtained that experience solely by way of hundreds of hours of experimentation and GOOGLEing. There is no short cut. The journey is worth it, though.

Good luck....Jet

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(ie. jaclaz, cdob, kof94, and myself)

I personally vote for allowing you to bold your name too.... :thumbup

....though of course, it costs me some effort to say so, but remember (with BORG voice):

We are grub4dos. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

;)

Two years have just passed since this:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?sho...=18657&st=8

Why don't you try a test drive with the newish 0.4.4-pre:

http://nufans.net/grub4dos/

Latest:

http://nufans.net/grub4dos/grub4dos-0.4.4-2008-10-12.zip

Will probably be released as "official" 0.4.4 in a few days :), but no gfx enabled images yet. :(

jaclaz

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is'nt anyone interested in this?

WHAT is the question? :unsure:

You asked about a possible way, you were given several choices, now, choose one and maybe someone can give you some related links.

jaclaz

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@james_deepak

I hate quoting myself but I think you might have missed this one:

Trail and error is the key as well as the ability to search (Google is your friend) and ask specific questions.

If any of us feel that we can contribute to solving a specific issue for you then we will but we're not going to write a step-by-step tutorial when there is so much information here already.

I know it's frustrating but your not going to have an all-sing-all-dancing boot disc without putting in some effort.

For the last year or so I've spent a lot of my free time learning about how Linux works. I've done everything from Gentoo stages to (B)LFS and I'm still only a fraction of the way towards my goals.

Things just take time and if you keep waiting for someone else to do this for you then your not going to get anywhere.

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OOPS sorry totally forgot about it.Thanks for reminding!!!!!!!!!

Is there anyone who wants to do this multiboot cd:

A briefing about it is given below

Boot Loader: CD shell(of course its old)

CD contents:

(SP3 Integrated)

1. XP Professional.

2. XP Professional Unattended.

(SP 4 Integrated)

3.Win 2000.

4.Win 2000 Unattended.

5.Norton Ghost

6.Hirens Boot CD 9.5

[Hirens boot cd has win 98 with ntfs version(Live cd)]

7.Reboot

8.Shutdown :thumbup

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