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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 28/05/2020

By VincentK

Subject inode block read-only file system

Reply

Hello,
I'm using a new USB3 device model Sandisk Ultra Fit 128GB. When I start skype I got after 1hour a crach and the logs displaye some messages containing "inode block read-only". What does it mean ?

Date 28/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: inode block read-only file system

Reply

Need more details! What OS? How are you booting? From ISO? .imgPTN file? Full OS installation to .imgPTN file? Do you have a swap file? How much RAM in system? If LiveCD boot from ISO then maybe it has used up all RAM. See https://www.binarytides.com/linux-command-check-memory-usage/ Check free memory at start and after 30 minutes.

Date 28/05/2020

By VincentK

Subject Re: Re: inode block read-only file system

Reply

OS = Ubuntu 18.04
boot through UEFI on ISO file with persistence
I don't have swap file but persistent file 9Gb, ubuntu iso 4Gb
the ubuntu iso file is the installation package but I don't install it
system got 8GB RAM
I will check free memory next time

Date 28/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: inode block read-only file system

Reply

Not sure what read-only file system it is referring to.
But I am not sure LiveCD+Persistence is really intended to be run like that. Could be bad USB disk (fake flash?). Suggest try a full install to .imgPTN file with an extra partition for swap file. See my blog articles for details.

Date 23/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

Please help me booting the image of HDCloner.iso. As I understand it, the image uses eltorito boot technology. In legacy (grub4dos) it is booting elementarily, but in UEFI it does not work. Please explain grub2 and grubfm. agFM can booting only juth like PE images - legasy.

Date 23/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

I downloaded HDClone 9 Free Edition and made a HDClone.iso file. This ISO did NOT contain a \Sources folder (unlike if you make a USB drive using HDClone tool).
I copied the ISO to \_ISO\UTILITIES folder.
I then UEFI64 booted on a REAL SYSTEM and it appears to work fine on my Z87 PC. It would not boot under VBOX successfully. I could use isodef or isomap.
On some systems (IdeaPad 300) I got a 'shim' error due to the bootx64.efi shim file they use in the ISO (booting from grub.efi works). Same error when using a new USB drive made with their app! To fix - make a .imgPTN23 file from the ISO - switch it in and then rename the \EFI\BOOT\grub.efi file to bootx64.efi to replace the bootx64.efi shim.
Or make a USB drive using the HDClone application (spanner - Boot Setup) . Then create a .imgPTN23 file from the USB drive by drag-and-drop onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut (MPI Tool Kit required). Then rename the grub.efi file.

Date 24/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

Suppose that we figured out the file manager, it does not bother me, it also loads with me. But how to boot an image from grub2? Found a method on the net:
menuentry "CHAINLOAD HDCLON" --hotkey=i {
set "iso_path=/_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso"
loopback loop $iso_path
loopback ElTorito (loop)108+13784
loopback Part (ElTorito)/
chainloader (Part)/efi/boot/grub.efi
loopback -d Part
loopback -d ElTorito
loopback -d loop
}
But it tells me that the file system is not supported. I could not find anything else. Help implement boot from grub2?

Date 24/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

In A1ive's grub2 you can just use
map -t CD $iso_path

Date 24/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

It doesn’t work like that. Throws back to the menu.
menuentry "CHAINLOAD HDCLON" {
map -t CD /_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso
}
A1ive's grub2 I installed

Date 24/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Reply

It works for me.
Obviously you must use a full path
e.g.
map -t CD (hd0,1)/_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso
P.S. If you have an error message, then it is always useful to say what the error message is - I cannot tell what is wrong from your description of 'it doesn't work'.

Date 19/05/2020

By Stass

Subject grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Reply

Tell me, is it possible in grub4dos to check x64 processor support and fulfill the conditions? If possible, please give an example.

Date 19/05/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Reply

Yes.
Just name the ISO file with 64 in the extension
e.g.
Ubuntu.iso64
and it will only appear in the menu if the CPU is 64-bit.
You can also make a .txt file which will test for 64-bit - see \_ISO\TXT_MAKER.exe for example.
Ful details in grub4dos eBook.
checkrange 2,3 is64bit will return true for 64-bit CPU.
Plenty of info on this site - use the SITE MAP.

Date 20/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Reply

Yes, I already found information about this in your book, Google deduced it.
Help with the syntax, something I can’t create a condition
iftitle checkrange 2,3 is64bit && > CPU = 64

iftitle [checkrange 0,1 is64bit] > CPU = 86
By the way, does the book seem to have an error in the record?
checkrange 1,3 is64bit && echo PAE supported

Date 20/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Reply

Everything worked out
set CPU=
#checkrange 0,1 is64bit && set CPU=32
checkrange 2,3 is64bit && set CPU=64

iftitle [if "%CPU%"=="64"] > Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Ru x64 7DB

Date 20/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Reply

\_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7\Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Ru x64 7DB.iso64

should work.

Date 18/05/2020

By Moline

Subject ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Reply

I am trying to install Windows XP, but when I ask the program to load the setup, it tells me the ISO is too large to load into the memory. The setup still loads but when it tries to start Windows (after it loads the files), it throws a BSOD with acpi.sys as being a possible problem. The XP iso I am using is SP3 (it is a full installation with SP3), and is around 600 MB, which I would not believe would be too big. If anyone has any solutions to this, that'd be greatly appreciated!

Date 18/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Reply

Please read the XP pages on this site (tip: use the SITE MAP) and try the magic key!

Date 19/05/2020

By Moline

Subject Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Reply

What is this magic key? I searched and did not find anything related to my problem other than shrink the ISO file.

Date 19/05/2020

By Moline

Subject Re: Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Reply

I got the ISO to load into memory, but when I try to continue with setup, it tells me it cannot find my hard drive. It's supposed to be loading the SATA drivers when it runs, but it appears to not be the case. Anyone have a solution to this?

Date 19/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Reply

First of all - you need to be using the DPMS version of Easy2Boot. DPMS = Driver Pack Mass Storage and it contains the XP 32-bit Mass Storage drivers.
Secondly, you need to realise that there are no Mass Storage drivers available for modern PCs\Notebooks because nobody makes or supports XP these days. So if you have a relatively new system then it won't run XP because there are not any drivers (disk, audio, video, USB, etc.) available for it.

Date 18/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

Hi. I use Clover rEFInd GRUB2 on my USB-HDD. I would like to use the means of loading ISO files not from the standard E2B menu, but directly to the ISO file from the rEFInd menu using grubfmx64.efi, but with different configuration files. Is it possible to run grubfmx64.efi with some parameters to indicate a different boot configuration file? Or what can you think of in my case?

Date 18/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

I can't think of a way. What 'configuration file' for agFM are you referring to and why do you need a different config file when you can just choose to boot any ISO you like from a start menu?

Date 18/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

I am delighted with the agFM file manager, I really like its functionality. But I would like to have direct items in my menu (rEFInd) to start the installation of Windows or other bootable ISOs through your main grubfmx64.efi file. At startup, the grubfmx64.efi file loads the config file by default (startup_default.cfg), and it would be better if you implemented the ability to download any such config files from different directories and with a different name. Is it possible to transfer some data through the startup parameters, for example, the path to any config file from which the program will start executing commands? Or, let the program first look for the config file next to it (in the same folder), with a specific name, and then download the default file if the first one was not available. We can talk about this in the mail.

Date 18/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

But the current agFM allows you to have your own menu. Just see the \boot\grubfm\SAMPLE_startup_menu.txt file.
See eBook #4 for more details.

Date 18/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

Dear friend, I have plans to use both a file manager and direct ISO downloads. It is important for me to have all the options. Please implement these simple functions. You will make your FM very versatile and, believe me, many will appreciate it.

Date 18/05/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

I already told you. That function is already implemented.

Date 19/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

You don't seem to understand me. I will continue in personal correspondence

Date 19/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

I just want to load the ISO from the Clover menu without going to other menus. But also, I want to run the file manager separately, it’s just cool!

https://hkar.ru/120xC

Date 19/05/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Reply

Solution to boot directly to Linux ISOs from Clover/rEFInd sent by PM. If anyone else is interested, contact me.

Date 14/05/2020

By Pedro Santos

Subject ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

While trying to prepare the USB drive (Make E2B Drive), I have got this error twice.
It states something like "Error in creating file - the system could not find the specified path"
This is after 14 files have been copied already.
I have tried with disabled anti virus/malware.
A few days ago I was successful on the same computer. What am I doing wrong?
It is not clear in the instructions that one should extract the .zip file, but is is impossible to run as administrator otherwise.
I had a bootable USB made on that same drive with "Windows 7 USB DVD" tool, could that have changed permanently something in the drive?
I could not find information about this error anywhere.

Also, I am trying to make a bootable WXP Tablet PC Editio by following https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2014/02/add-tablet-pc-and-media-centre-edition.html
It is not clear if I should keep CMPNENTS folder from CD1 while copying the one from CD2, can you clarify?
Another thing is that the CD I have from normal XPSP2 also has a TABLETPC folder inside CMPNENTS folder, although with less size.
CD2 is labeled as TabletPCEdition wSP3 and it indeed has an extra WIN51IP.SP3 on root comparing to CD1, so I wonder if this is a mix CD already and the instructions on the blog haven't predicted this.
Adding to that I must state that the CD2 is altogether a little bigger than CD1, shouldn't it be otherwise if the CD2 was just there to complete what's missing?

Date 14/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

What OS are you using to run Make_E2B.exe?
Only the COPY and XCOPY commands are used.
Why don't you try just copying all the files to the USB drive (just to see if you get an error).
re. the ISOs, my official Microsoft XP Pro SP2 and SP3 ISOs do not have a CMPNENTS folder.
your CD2 is labelled 'TabletPCEdition wSP3' - maybe the wSP3 means 'with SP3'?

Date 14/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

I'm working on a Windows 7 to do this.
I have Avast and Malwarebytes. I couldn't kill Avast in the Task Manager so I simply disabled temporarily.
I have verified folder by folder and it has failed to copy some files in \WINDOWS, the whole \WINPE (which has no files, so...) and the CONTIG.ISO file.
I wonder why you don't have those \CMPNENTS since you have recommended a link that specifically refer to that folder... you did this because I had a boot.ini error while trying to boot in the target computer after I tried only with the TabletPCEdition wSP3 CD, so it must have something incomplete on its contents or it was the boot USB that failed.
I'm going to test booting on the target computer in a few hours with source files in each CD both in separate and mixed to see what works. My guess that TPCEwSP3 must be an already complete system with no use for CD1.
Maybe I could even use its WIN51IP.SP3 file to make an ISO of CD1 and that way I could have a SP3 with no need to update... but hey I'm no technician, it's just a guess.

Date 14/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

After choosing to boot from USB on BIOS, the very first and only thing that happens is
BOOTMGR is missing
Pres Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Using CD1 ISO only, copied to \ISO\WINDOWS\XP. Should I have done something else like adding it to some menu?

Date 14/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

I now have copied the separate TabletPC iso and a Windows7 iso to E2B USB.
The same error occours, I can't even see any menu to choose which system to run...

Date 14/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

If the Make_E2B process failed, then it is obviously not going to boot!
You need to disable all your AV software.
There is also a \QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd file on the USB drive. Why not run that to test your USB drive boots to the menu. If it doesn't show a menu then you haven't prepared the USB drive correctly - it's not rocket science!

Date 14/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

Whoa don't be mad, I am following the instructions here. Pointing that the link you provided has some confusing steps and are incoherent with your CDs contents has only the goal to improve this for the benefit of all that need it.
I have stated before that I have repeated the Make_E2B process with disabled AV with the same "failed copying" results. Which is strange since I have easily made it work at first time a few days ago.
Then I have done as you recommended: just copied all files from the zip to the USB after format, you have declared it would also work and at least I know the files are there. But surely I will repeat the process.
QEMU test resulted in the same BOOTMGR error.
Thanks for your time. I will report if solved.

Date 14/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

Well, as I thought I did everything correctly.
I have done the exact same process on a Windows8 computer and it created E2B correctly and pasted the ISOs inside.
However, when I boot it from the target laptop, I get it going, detecting stuff (detects 1 XP and 1 W7 correctly) but I never get the option to do anything before I get this error:
pci system error on bus/device/function 0000h
Some googling points to virus.
I am about to quit all this and find another tool. I cannot keep another day around the computer to bring it back to life, too many days already.
Thanks anyway.

Date 16/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

I didn't say that copying the Easy2Boot files to the USB would work - I said try copying the files AS A TEST to see if your USB drive will hold them.
If the Windows 8 system made the E2B drive OK, then the problem must have been your other system (probably AntiVirus was not fully disabled).
The error 'pci system error on bus/device/function 0000h' looks like a Windows error message - so you must have selected the Windows XP ISO and at least started to boot from it. So you must have got some options!
Anyway, it looks like either your ISO is bad or your target system is bad (bad memory maybe or bad disk?).

Date 17/05/2020

By Pedro Santos

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

Thanks for your attention.
Before reading this, I was able to install XPTabletPCEdition_wSP3 using Rufus!
I did not have to make a mixed ISO, unlike your suggested link stated, after I have reported an error here.
No, I didn't select anything, it went by itself (maybe because I have put only 1 ISO inside?) and instantly returned that error. After that, I have run the E2B test on Windows 8 and it I could navigate through the E2B menus.
I suspect there must be some kind of incompatibility issue from Pheonix BIOS with E2B, because I can assure you I did everything right.
It's a shame, your software would be more practical. Thanks for your answers thou.

Date 18/05/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

You should have selected the
'Install XP - Step 1'
menu entry. If only one ISO is present it will tell you that it is automatically selecting that one ISO.
I do not know what ISOs you have, where you downloaded them from, or what is in them since you give no specific details. The blog article refers to official Microsoft ISOs only and no download link is given. There is no 'mixed' TabletPC ISO from Microsoft. You may have one from a Tablet manufacturer but it may not be compatible with E2B. Unless you tell me what specific ISO you are using, I cannot help you. Not all ISOs are the same and not all systems are the same. If you have a problem with a specific ISO on a specific system then you must give specific details. Because E2B boots directly from the ISO file, only Microsoft official XP Install ISOs are supported, not OEM CDs.

Date 19/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Reply

I understand what you mean about the ISOs.
Probably not official sets because I have some from home-made CD and an ISO I have downloaded named "Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 DVD w-SP3.zip", but the computer has an official sticker with key for TabletPC Edition, so I have only restored that original system, even if the key is other now (I could not use the one from the sticker nor the one from the already installed OS) and it is SP3 now.
I have asked everywhere for official CD's but no one has them these days and I would not buy one if the computer has the official sticker. I would not keep an OS installed if it wasn't there when I inherited the computer or if not supposed to be there from factory.

Date 11/05/2020

By David Balažic

Subject Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

Reply

Is it posible to start legacy BIOS (MBR) code (like memtest86+ v5.01 or HBCD.iso) from the a1ive grub2 File Manager ?
I installed Easy2Boot 2.02 + agFM 1.50 on a USB disk (Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB).
On a PC that has Secure boot enabled, I can boot the agFM and it works, except I found not way to boot legacy files. Is that even possible or supported?
For example, I have the file memtest86+-5.01.iso , no option (def, map, mem) works.

Date 11/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

Reply

The agFM can MBR-boot or UEFI-boot.
To MBR-boot to agFM, just add the .mnu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU folder and then MBR-boot to the Easy2Boot menu and pick the a1ive grub2 File Manager menu entry in the E2B menu.
https://www.easy2boot.com/uefi-mbr-a1ive-grub2-file-manager/
https://www.easy2boot.com/useful-things-to-know/

Date 11/05/2020

By David Balažic

Subject Re: Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

Reply

No, I want the opposite:
UEFI boot to agFM, then there select and load some legacy software.

Date 11/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

Reply

yes. I think I have already answered your Q's elsewhere in help-grub mail forum. Why are you asking the same Q's all over the place? You can UEFI boot and run SOME Linux ISOs even if they were not intended to run on UEFI as long as the kernel does not depend on BIOS calls.

Date 05/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Invalid boot.ini file

Reply

Hi.
Trying to reinstall Windows XP Tablet PC Edition onto an old Acer Travelmate C200.
Right after the boot menu I got that message.
What can I do to make it work? No technician but ready to learn.
Thanks.

Date 05/05/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Invalid boot.ini file

Reply

https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2014/02/add-tablet-pc-and-media-centre-edition.html

Date 05/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: Invalid boot.ini file

Reply

Thanks. I don't understand some parts of the text, but I will give it a try and post here the follow-up.
But before I do it, can you tell me if I need to do a fresh install?
The already installed XP was not booting and I had trouble even accessing the HDD. I now can, but if I can repair the existing XP can I then convert it to Tablet PC Edition? Actually I don't even know if that version is already installed, I just know I couldn't find a way to work with the pen/wacom so I assumed someone changed it (the person that gave me said something about having installed a lighter XP version).

Date 05/05/2020

By PedroSantos

Subject Re: Re: Re: Invalid boot.ini file

Reply

I did repair the already installed XP and dxdiag returns it's 5.1 2600.
I cannot find if the pen works, so I don't know if I really need a fresh install.
I could not create the bootable USB because all software suggested requires a purchase to create the ISO of the needed size.
What can I do from here?
Thanks.

Date 27/04/2020

By e2b_user_20200427

Subject MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Hi Steve,
I would like to ask your assistance please: I am booting into agFM via UEFI boot. it loads as usual as on a PC. After agFM loaded it does not recognize keyboard keys (arrows, enter, etc) nor mouse. do be exact: It recognize hotkeys F1-F6 for a few seconds, than it is gone. Everything is working like charm on PC-s, only MACs have this issue. Could you please advice? Thank you in advance!

Date 27/04/2020

By e2b_user_20200427

Subject Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

UPDATE: I just realized, that the keyboard is working fine but only for approx. 1 sec. After 1 sec it is gone.

Date 27/04/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Rename the \boot\grubfm\config file - do you still get keyboard problems?

Date 27/04/2020

By e2b_user_20200427

Subject Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Hi Steve! Thanks for the fast reply! Unfortunately yes. What is strange for me, that I started to measure it with a stopwatch and sometimes it is around 10 sec, sometimes 2 sec, sometimes instant I have the keyboard issue on the MAC.

Date 27/04/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Sounds like a grub2 issue.
Can you report the issue to the developer pls
https://github.com/a1ive/grub/issues

Date 28/04/2020

By e2b_user_20200427

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Sure! Thanks! :)

Date 28/04/2020

By e2b_user_20200427

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Reply

Steve, if you are interested, and whould like to follow-up, here is the github thread: https://github.com/a1ive/grub/issues/60

Date 27/04/2020

By Elie

Subject Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Reply

I've been trying this for a while now, only booting from UEFI using rEFInd and managed to load other ISOs like Deepin but the Parrot is quite evasive.

Date 27/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Reply

Parrot OS UEFI64 works OK for me.
I rename as .isodef. Make sure file is contiguous.

Date 28/04/2020

By Elie

Subject Re: Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Reply

Yeah file is ok according to the md5 checks but it is not recognizable when I rename to .isodef so it's not bootable. Are you suggesting that I try the legacy E2B instead?

Date 28/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Reply

I have \_ISO\LINUX\Parrot-home-4.7_x64.isodef and agFM v1.46.
Works for me in a VM and UEFI64 booting.
Not sure what you mean about rEFInd??? I just directly UEFI-boot from the E2B drive to agFM. How are you running rEFInd???

Date 25/04/2020

By Habib

Subject Root of USB

Reply

what is the difference between copying ISO and extracting to the root of USB?

Date 25/04/2020

By Habib

Subject Re: Root of USB

Reply

I mean Easy2Boot USB

Date 25/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Root of USB

Reply

Copying a single file (such as Ubuntu.iso) to a USB drive means that the USB drive will contain a file called Ubuntu.iso.
Extracting the contents of Ubuntu.iso to the USB drive will mean that the USB drive will now contain hundreds of files and many folder which were originally inside the ISO file.

Date 15/04/2020

By Habib

Subject Windows Registry

Reply

You Write Good Ebooks, Can you also write ebook about Windows Registry, such as troubleshooting, tweaks, etc with windows registry.

Date 15/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Windows Registry

Reply

Sure, how about an eBook on cooking or Knitting or 'How to grow roses' also?
Seriously, my expertise is in USB booting, not the Windows Registry.

Date 25/04/2020

By Dbedfordpk1

Subject Re: Re: Windows Registry

Reply

LML. That's funny.

Date 11/04/2020

By Habib

Subject convert usb bootable to iso

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i am using flashboot to make usb bootable with added drivers. i am doing for each version of windows 7 (home, pro, ultimate). using the same usb
How do i convert the bootable usb to ISO image?
i want make multi boot images from these ISO images windows 7 (home, pro, ultimate)?
what tools?

Date 11/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: convert usb bootable to iso

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The MPI Tool Kit will make a .imgPTN partition image file from them.

Date 07/04/2020

By Habib

Subject File Extension

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where to add 32 and 64 bit cpu this file extension and i dont want use password (pwd):
Win7_Pro_SP1_English_x64.imgPTNAUTO4GB

Date 08/04/2020

By Habib

Subject Re: File Extension

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Is the order important?
Auto, CPU (32 or 64), pwd, RAM (2Gb or 4GB)

Date 08/04/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: File Extension

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The order should not matter. Why - do you have a problem? What folder did you place the file in?
There is no '2GB' extension suffix! Only '4GB'.
https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-file-extensions-recognised-by-e2b/

Date 06/04/2020

By FunnyT

Subject recommand another new tool

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I don't mean to offend, I just recommend another interesting tool, Ventoy.
www.ventoy.net

Date 31/03/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Please help translate agFM

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For non-English languages, there is a very easy way to add translated phrases - please help...
https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2020/03/call-for-help-with-agfm-translation-its.html

Date 24/03/2020

By Steve Si

Subject E2B v2.00 with agFM UEFI-boot menu

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Just a heads-up that E2B v2.00 is now released. If you make a new USB drive using it, it will also make a new FAT32 UEFI-bootable second partition on the USB drive.
You can then UEFI-boot from the USB drive and select the ISO/VHD/WIM/EFI file and boot it.
Most files should be made contiguous as with E2B. .imgPTN files must ALWAYS be contiguous.
Some agFM Linux ISO boot options do not require the ISO to be contiguous however.
IMPORTANT: If you want to use a Removable USB Flash drive, you must use a Windows 10 system because XP, 7 and 8 can only access the first partition on Removable USB drives and the Make_E2B script cannot copy the agFM UEFI files to the second partition.

Date 22/03/2020

By Ian

Subject Windows 7 Boot ISO Can't Boot

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Hello, I have an ISO of Windows 7 named (en_windows_7_ultimate_x64_dvd), and because Windows 7 is out of date, that means I can't boot to the installation menu, it just gives me a winload.exe missing error. And when I try to patch boot.wim, it's no use. Should I try another ISO or see if you can create a boot.wim patch for Windows 7? Can you even create a bootmgr for Windows 7?

Date 22/03/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Windows 7 Boot ISO Can't Boot

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If you are MBR\Legacy booting from a Win7 ISO, you should not get that error. Are you sure that is the correct error message?
Try downloading another ISO.
Note that Win7 only has old chipset drivers and only USB 2 drivers.
https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/windows-install-isos/windows-vista-7-install-isos/

Date 24/03/2020

By Ian

Subject Re: Re: Windows 7 Boot ISO Can't Boot

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Nevermind, I got it taken Care of, but thanks anyways. E2B is the Best.

Date 25/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows 7 Boot ISO Can't Boot

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You came here for free help and advice from others. Don't you think it polite to at least tell us what the cause of your problem was and how you fixed it so that others can learn from your experiences?

Date 18/03/2020

By Habib

Subject E2B and PXE Boot

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i have a laptop with C and D partitions.
The E2B files store in D drive.
The D drive size is 400GB.
How can i boot the E2B folder through pxe boot on another laptop? can i use serva or tiny pxe server or any software?

Date 18/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B and PXE Boot

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E2B is not designed to work on internal drives.
E2B is designed to be located on the first MBR partition of an MBR-partitioned disk.
E2B does not work via pxe (or even from a CD/DVD). It should be run from an external USB disk.

Date 17/03/2020

By Habib

Subject Upcoming ebooks

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What are the new ebooks and when they will be published?

Date 17/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Upcoming ebooks

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I am currently writing an eBook on agFM. It will assume you have read the other three E2B eBooks. It will cover how to add commonly-used payloads to an E2B+agFM USB drive plus how to modify\configure agFM and a bit about how it works.
It will have Exercises for you to follow. The emphasis will be on UEFI booting using agFM. Also a bit about Secure Boot too.

Date 15/03/2020

By Habib

Subject Tunes chart

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How do you convert music or song into tunes of frequency chart? Any software

Date 15/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Tunes chart

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sorry, I have not found any.

Date 15/03/2020

By john

Subject Tunes not playing

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The beeps are not playing,
Menu.lst:
graphicsmode -1 800
default 1
timeout 5
# set menu background colour to grey (444444) and menu text colour to yellow (FFFF00) (format is 0xrrggbb00RRGGBB)
color normal=0x44444400FFFF00
# set selected menu item to transparent color highlight=0xFF0000
title Reboot
reboot
title Power off\nSwitch off the system
halt
call /test.g4b

Batch file: test.g4b
beep 784 150 0 300 784 150 0 300 932 150 0 150 1047 150 0 150 784 150 0 300 784 150 0 300 699 150 0 150 740 150 0 150 784 150 0 300 784 150 0 300 932 150 0 150 1047 150 0 150 784 150 0 300 784 150 0 300 699 150 0 150 740 150 0 150 932 150 784 150 587 1200 0 75 932 150 784 150 554 1200 0 75 932 150 784 150 523 1200 0 150 466 150 523 150

Date 15/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Tunes not playing

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It only works on VMware VM or some real systems which have a PC speaker fitted on the mainboard. What system are you testing it on?
P.S. Your menu will never run test.g4b.
first - it needs to be at the top of the menu.
secondly - the first line of test.g4b needs to be
!BAT

Date 14/03/2020

By Martin

Subject agFM startup menu

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Hello,
i use agFM Startup menu (USER SLACK GRUB2 THEME), set mymenu=1, set timeout=10, set default=1.
Real boot from agFM to UEFI:
if I select another iso during the 10 seconds that elapses, the switch window appears and the PC is frozen.
I have tested with 2 USB flash drives. The error is caused by the file \boot\grubfm\rules\iso\e2b.sh. The last working e2b.sh is from 28.02.2020. I have tested several times. Do you have any ideas.

Date 14/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: agFM startup menu

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Did you check for changes in Sample_startup_menu.txt?
What specific ISO are you booting?
What do you mean by 'switch window'?
Do you mean keyboard does not respond? Do not set a keyboard map or use at_keyboard for terminal.
I can't reproduce. Use Chat or send me email?

Date 12/03/2020

By Habib

Subject GEUB4DOS

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can u explain word by word
especially: number=1 (md)0x1A00+400 > nul
cat --locate="GRUB4DOS 0.4." --replace="\x00" --number=1 (md)0x1A00+400 > nul

Date 12/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: GRUB4DOS

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--locate= will find that string
--replace= will replace the G character with 00 hex byte
--number=1 means only do this once on the first string match that you find
(md)0x1A00+400 is a memory address. It starts at '512-byte sector' number 0x1A00 and extends for a length of 400 sectors
0x1A00 = 512x6656=3407872
400x512 = 204800
so it will search memory from address 3407872 for a length of 204800 and change the first string of 'GRUB4DOS 0.4' to 00 'RUB4DOS 0.4'.
Since a 00 byte is interpreted as an 'end of string' marker by C, when the C printf statement is executed to print the string, no string is printed.
The > nul part is just redirecting any messages that the cat command normally outputs to the screen, to the device 'nul' which means 'nowhere' so that the user does not see any of the cat command output on the screen.

Date 11/03/2020

By iCoExist

Subject Autounattend XML Files

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Hey, I absolutely love E2B and what it allows me to do. I've been messing around with unattended Windows installs and I've been having some issues with XMLs not loading.

I've used the XML2E2B software to modify some XML files, but they don't show up as an option when "DEFAULT XML found. Press ENTER to choose different XML". I've noted that on some PCs, this will work as intended and allow me to switch to a different XML file. Others won't even show a list of XMLs, but will instead just boot to the ISO with no XML at all.

Is there something I'm missing here that may cause this issue?

Date 11/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Autounattend XML Files

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Hi
Make sure the XML files and ISO files are in a \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxxxx folder.
You should always get a list of the XML files that are in that folder.
If you press ENTER when prompted to 'Press ENTER to run Setup\Repair' then it will not list the XML files.
I suggest you run \QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd and go through the same menus to see what a 'standard' PC should do.
See eBook #2 for more details or use the online Chat facility on this site (enable pop-ups in browser)

Date 16/03/2020

By iCoExist

Subject Re: Re: Autounattend XML Files

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Steve,
Thanks for that info. I just kept hitting "Press Enter to run Setup/Repair" without thinking to let it load past that.

Date 08/03/2020

By Martin

Subject alloc magic is broken

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Hi,
i have added a wallpaper for agFM - e2b 'slack' theme (1024x768 PNG file). The bit depth 24 did not work (it must be 32) I got the error message: alloc magic is broken at 0x3744e750: 0
Aborted. Press any key to exit._
The message cannot be closed, only by restarting the PC.
Can error messages generally not be closed?

Date 08/03/2020

By SteveSi

Subject Re: alloc magic is broken

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Are you sure it was a bit depth issue and not a bad path\filename issue or bad format (no comments in file, etc.)?
AFAIK the error handling is in the theme code for grub2 and so it is not easy to change. You just have to get it right!

Date 01/03/2020

By Leon

Subject The Easy2Boot USB Stick creator does not detect my USB drive

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Hello,
today I tried to create an Easy2Boot stick but the software does not detect my USB stick.
What can I do?

Date 01/03/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: The Easy2Boot USB Stick creator does not detect my USB drive

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The USB drive needs to have a drive letter.
Click on the Gear wheel button if any problems.

Date 29/02/2020

By Habib

Subject Write a new ebook

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Hello steve, We like all your ebooks is very clear and concise.
Please write ebooks about all the payloads in easy2boot with step by step instructions (perfect installations, menus , lst files) etc.
habib

Date 01/03/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Write a new ebook

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There are 3 E2B eBooks with dozens of exercises in them which covers all the common payloads.
eBook #4 contains details of how to add common payloads for both MBR and UEFI-booting.

Date 24/02/2020

By ms.1304

Subject startup menu with windows 10

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Why is a Windows 10 1909.18363 PRO.iso with integrated updates not displayed in the user defined startup menu?
Windows 10.iso created with media creation tool is displayed.
Can I change the iso to display it or do I need to convert it to .imgPTN23?

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