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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 12/08/2020

By John

Subject Unable to format USB

Reply

I keep getting this message. I tried different computers, USB sticks, but still the same. Please help.
https://i.imgur.com/vZHIdjj.png
https://imgur.com/NTJIoWo

Date 12/08/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Unable to format USB

Reply

Either your USB drive is faulty (or fake) or your antivirus is blocking writes to the USB drive.

Date 14/08/2020

By John

Subject Re: Re: Unable to format USB

Reply

Hi. My usb is 100% fine. I got it to work on a 32GB USB but not the 2 x 128GB USB that I have. I get a new error "Can't write". I'm sure all my antivirus are off.
https://imgur.com/bqeXDkQ

Date 05/08/2020

By S. Montano

Subject WSCC

Reply

Contrary to what is stated in ebook#1, WSCC did in fact install all of the selected utilities onto my local system, despite running it from the USB drive as instructed. If someone can tell me how to undo this action, id appreciate. There is no obvious uninstall, and the entries do not appear in my installed software list.

Date 06/08/2020

By ms.1304

Subject Re: WSCC

Reply

WSCC does not install anything. The files downloaded are stored under C:\Users\XX\AppData\Roaming\wscc\
filed. I use this version and it works: https://www.soft-go.com/get/WSCC-Portable-Edition_71264.html

Date 03/08/2020

By EoflaOE

Subject E2B booted using Plop but GRUB4DOS USB 2.0 drivers doesn't install

Reply

I have used Plop to boot to E2B because my old computer's BIOS doesn't even recognize my stick as USB HDD; it recognizes it as USB RMD-FDD and fails to boot to E2B properly. By the way, it's KT4AV MS-6712, and the stick has FlashBoot installed if it helps.

Apparently, using Plop made the USB boot successfully to the boot menu, and the entries work except the Hiren's Boot CD because all menu entries lead to "No device found." So I've discovered an option called "Install fast GRUB4DOS USB 2.0 drivers," and the description says to install it if I have booted to USB using Plop or if the USB is bigger than 137GB. My stick is only 8GB.

As soon as I clicked on that option, it fails to install, saying "Error 81. No USB device found. USB drive enumeration failed. Try to restart." It would get stuck there. The problem is that I have inserted the stick, so it should detect that.

What should I do to ensure that the GRUB4DOS USB 2.0 drivers install successfully?

Date 03/08/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: E2B booted using Plop but GRUB4DOS USB 2.0 drivers doesn't install

Reply

Plop provides a read-only USB 2 driver and so it is not suitable for Easy2Boot because write access is required. The grub4dos USB 2 driver option that you found (can also just hold down SHIFT key as E2B boots) only supports a sub-set of USB chipsets - obviously your USB chipset is not supported :-(
Some BIOSes will recognise larger USB drives as USB HDD type if they have two primary partitions.
P.S. Try also Ventoy which does not need a write-enabled drive?

Date 03/08/2020

By EoflaOE

Subject Re: Re: E2B booted using Plop but GRUB4DOS USB 2.0 drivers doesn't install

Reply

Thanks! I will consider looking at Ventoy and see if it works on my old computer. However, I will keep checking E2B for updates. I hope that someday, GRUB4DOS will support my KT4AV MS-6712's USB chipset, but I will make sure to request my motherboard's USB chipset support for GRUB4DOS. Also, I hope that my BIOS will not struggle with Ventoy and GRUB2.

Date 02/08/2020

By wssddc

Subject Force iso to be fragged for testing

Reply

I know that some ISOs work even if fragmented while others do not. Is there a straightforward way to force an ISO to be fragmented for testing? I realize this is backwards from the usual need to defragment. I populate a new key with a script and I would like to copy the ones that must be contiguous first, and then defrag before copying others.

Date 02/08/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Force iso to be fragged for testing

Reply

If you make a new USB drive or reformat the USB drive, then all the files that you copy to it will be contiguous. You only get non-contiguous files once you start filling and deleting files from the USB drive.
https://www.easy2boot.com/not-contiguous-error/

Date 03/08/2020

By wssddc

Subject Re: Re: Force iso to be fragged for testing

Reply

The problem arises when there are new versions of existing ISOs to be copied. I delete the old versions and run the same script with xcopy /d so unchanged ISOs are untouched. The new ISOs are likely to be larger and maybe trigger fragmentation. Rebuilding the key from scratch or booting and seeing if there are complaints about fragmentation are both time consuming. I'd like to know as soon as possible if I have to fix the key. It's worse these days because I'm working from home and passing the updates to someone who is in the office and has no experience with making bootable keys.

Date 03/08/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Force iso to be fragged for testing

Reply

After copying all new files to the USB drive, you just double-click on \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd.
If that doesn't work then you need to ensure you have plenty of free space on the first partition (to make a 3GB file contiguous you will need approx 4GB of free space) - or buy a bigger USB drive.
You can use the Windows program defraggler.exe to make individual files contiguous (right-click on the file) and this can often work when MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd fails to work because it does not have enough free CONTIGUOUS space on the drive. Anyone who makes a fresh E2B drive and then copies files to it will have no problems with non-contiguous files - all the files will be contiguous. You only get non-contiguous files once you start DELETING files - e.g. if you have 100GB partition, once you copy 100GB of files to the partition (even if you deleted some of the files at some point), then you will start to get fragmented files.

Date 26/06/2020

By Joel

Subject Surface Book 3

Reply

Hi all... I'm Having trouble using easy to boot on a surface book 3. All went fine with the surface book 2. I already disabled secure boot, because I remembered, that this was the problem last time with the surface book 2 devices. I think it detects the stick and boots when I boot to USB (holding volume down down + pressing power button) then the black and white windows logo shows up and the big red bar and the unlocked symbol in it. in the top left corner I see one dot, where usually would start the whole process and it looks like it is being blocked. I also disabled bitlocker.

Date 26/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

The Kaspersky shim \efi\boot\bootx64.efi may be blacklisted by the BIOS. First do a Windows 10 Update to ensure it has latest KB updates.
If still problems, replace the EFI file as detailed on the a1ive grub2 File Manager page on this site.

Date 29/06/2020

By Joel

Subject Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Hi Steve
Thanks for the reply. I replaced the Files as described. I even did it manually. The version of E2B is 2.04 and agfm is 1.55. Still being blocked although secure boot is off.

Date 29/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

From the BIOS manual...
Advanced Device Security
This option lets you disable ports and features you don’t want anyone to use.
The current setting appears in bold. Select Advanced Device Security and select the option you want:
Note: Selecting Side USB disables the ability to boot from a USB device. The USB port remains enabled in Windows.
Could that be the issue?

Date 21/07/2020

By Joel

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Hmmm... This shouldn't be the problem, because the surface book 3 gets stuck when the USB-Stick is plugged in, so it is booting from the USB-stick but the script is being blocked, not? But I'll soon check these settings and get back to You

Date 29/07/2020

By Joel

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Well I can confirm now that the USB Slot was definitively activated, so the UEFI must somehow block the script

Date 29/07/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

I found by Googling someone said 'use the recovery option in settings and selecting "Use a device" - this allowed me to easily boot to usb.'
Also found this: https://nkdagility.com/blog/microsoft-surface-3-unable-boot-usb/
Apparently you may need to use a volume name of BOOTME for the 2nd? partition?
I presume that the issue you describe is ONLY found on your Surface Book 3?

Date 29/07/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4023511/surface-boot-surface-from-a-usb-device
Specific boot order for Surface Book 3 needed ??

Date 04/08/2020

By Joël

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Yeah only surface book 3 has the problem

Date 04/08/2020

By Joël

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Btw... You mentioned:
"The Kaspersky shim \efi\boot\bootx64.efi may be blacklisted by the BIOS. First do a Windows 10 Update to ensure it has latest KB updates.

Read more: https://www.easy2boot.com/forum/"

Do You mean the actual Windows 10 Updates or BIOS Updates? How would the missing Windows 10 Update have any influence over something, that happens before system boot?

Date 04/08/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Because the databases (db and dbx) in the UEFI firmware are updateable (read/write EEPROM). Linux, Windows, etc. can add/delete dbx entries, add boot entries, change the UEFI boot order, etc. because there is a software interface (API) defined. So a Windows Update (KB) can modify the UEFI blacklist, etc.

Date 11/08/2020

By Joel

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Reply

Hi Steve
Yeah I just realized this today as a Surface Book 2 was doing a firmware update :) I'll try this with the updates. thanks for the input.

Date 15/06/2020

By john

Subject Next ebook

Reply

R u writing another eBook?

Date 15/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Next ebook

Reply

No plans for another eBook yet. Can you suggest any subjects?

Date 13/06/2020

By kike

Subject iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Hi there, my question is the following: I have an iso from windows 7 professional 64 bits, and in legacy it starts correctly, and it gives me the option to repair equipment (which is what matters most to me right now), but when I launch it from efi (I have Easy2Boot_v2.03_DPMS), it gives me errors ...

error: failed to boot vdisk ..
using map ..
error: failed to boot vdisk ..
failed: press a key to continue

What I want is to launch that iso of w7x64 professional from efi, and be able to repair equipment
from command line to recover boot boot ...
Some help?
Thank you...

Date 13/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

A standard Microsoft Win 7 ISO UEFI64-boots OK for me.
The standard Microsoft Windows 7 ISO does not contain the standard \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI boot file which is required to boot from non-CD media like hard drives and USB drives.
You can either find a Win8/10 ISO, extract the file from it using 7zip and then add the file into the Win7 ISO using a utility like PowerISO or ISOBuster, or make a .imgPTN23 file from the ISO using the MPI Tool Kit. This will usually add-in the file for you, but if it does not, you can add it in yourself.

Date 13/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Thank you very much for your answer, I have tried and it has not worked, I have copied the file and mounted with ultraiso ..., and it keeps giving me the same errors
I have even added boot.wim and install.wim of that iso in another iso that yes is efi booteable (the one that fails me is udf booteable), to see if it succeeded but when booting it gives me error file: \ winedows \ system32 \ boot \ winload.efi
status: 0xc000000f
missing or corrupt

The problem is that I have an iso w7 that does boot with efi, but when it repairs it tells me that it is not the installed version of windows
And the iso that if you let me repair let me repair in legacy, but in efi it gives me those errors ...
Can you convert a bootable iso udf to bootable efi ??
Or some other possibility?
Where would be the tools to create an imgptn ???
Thank you so much for your help

Date 13/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

\windows\system32\boot\winload.efi missing or corrupt implies that the boot.wim of the win7 ISO does not contain EFI boot files.
Either you are using the 32-bit version which does not support UEFI or you are not using an official Microsoft Win7 64-bit ISO.
To use a .imgPTN file, see the MPI Tool Kit page.
P.S. Note that Win7 UEFI 64bit is not supported by Virtual Box - you must test using a real system. I tried an official Win7 MS ISO using agFM and UEFI64 and it boots OK.
Also note that Windows 7 ISOs do not contain modern USB drivers and so will only work on older USB 2 systems.
A standard MS Win7 ISO boots OK from agFM via UEFI64 on my old systems.

Date 14/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Thank you again for the answers and help, I will try to change the boot wim from the iso that works for me in uefi to the one that does not work for me, I will integrate it with ultra iso and I will test.
Regarding imptn, I have carried out tests, but I must have done something wrong, I have transformed the iso to imptn, but it has "transformed the pendrive", to an iso windows 7 and I have had to generate it again.

I've been looking for a long time for an official iso windows 7 professional x64 svpk1, in Spanish or multilanguage, and I can't find it, much less updated ...
As for the usb 3.1, I integrate them into the iso and reassemble it, and so I can install windows 7 on eighth and ninth generation coffee lake equipment, which is my goal for example (hp 800 g4 sff), and thus be able to generate a sysprep for other computers.
All the tests I'm doing, adding the iso in the windows 7 folder of the usb e2b ..., against a physical computer with windows 7 with usbs 3.1.
How is starting from agfm ???, I don't understand?
All my objective is to get the iso with windows 7 that I have svpk 1 professional, allow me at work, to recover a corrupt boot and regenerate the boot boot from the command line, booting the iso from uefi of the pendrive with e2b, with legacy works correctly, but with efi I still can't get it ...
Could you pass me a link to an official iso windows 7 professional x64 bit Spanish (or at least multi-brand?) Since I can't find it ...
Again a thousand thanks for the help and answers

Date 14/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

I did a Google search for Win 7 x64 spanish and found
https://archive.org/download/digital_river
x17-58868.iso is the Spanish Win 7 SP1 x64 I think.
.imgPTN files are partition images. If you switch one in, it replaces the first partition. You should use an extensions of .imgPTN23 if you are using agFM. To switch back in the original E2B partition, boot to the second agFM partition using the BIOS Boot Selection menu and 'Restore E2B partitions'.

Date 14/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Thank you very much again for the help, the download link is offline ...

Nothing, I give up for now, all the isos that I have tried, combining boot.win, install win, in legacy they work for me, but in efi, either they are not the same that I have installed on the computers or it gives the error reported in the message above, when loading the vim into efi ...
A greeting.

Date 15/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Download link works fine. I downloaded the ISO easily.
https://archive.org/download/digital_river/x17-58868.iso

Date 17/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Thanks again for the help, from that link I will download it and try ...
You could put or generate an xml, in w7, or w10, to only repair
no installation just repair to access command line options to recover a boot sector?

I have got a usb, which sends us special hp and I want to try to integrate the usb 3.1 into it, but I would need an xml, in which it allows only repair, could it be done?
Thank you

Date 17/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Hello, again, I have been able to download the iso version of the link, it loads correctly from uefi, and I get to the equipment repair option, and then it tells me that (this version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version installed windows that I try to repair ...

And the version that I have and if it is compatible to repair, even putting the file \ EFI \ BOOT \ BOOTX64.EFI
from a windows 10 iso, when i boot with the first efi option (boot iso (partnew / easyboot) .isodef)
it gives me an error failed to vdisk
using map ...
error failed to boot disk
press a key to continue

and with that image in legacy if it allows me to get to repair equipment and load recovery options
boot, command line, etc ...

Date 17/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Another difference that I have seen is that when I open the iso that give me an error with ultraiso it marks me as (udf booteable), those that fail me when mounting the vdi disk

And the one that I have downloaded that does load the vdi, but it does not allow me to access to repair equipment because it is not compatible, it marks the ultra iso as (bootable efi)

Could I convert an iso from udf bootable to efi bootable with some software ???

PS: The image you have given me of the link and marks me as bootable efi does not have the file \ EFI \ BOOT \ BOOTX64.EFI
And it starts correctly with the first option of efi

Date 17/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Are you sure that the system hard disk is a GPT disk and boots via UEFI.
If you MBR boot you can only repair an OS that legacy boots. if you UEFI-boot, you can only repair a disk that UEFI boots and has GPT partitions.
Why not boot to WinPE shell and run Diskpart and check the disk - DISKPART - LIST DISK - SEL DISK 0 - LIST PART - LIST VOL - DETAIL DISK- EXIT

Date 18/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

After so many laps, you may be right, and you are trying to recover by uefi a system that is in mbr ...

I will confirm it tomorrow, it may be that I was trying to recover using uefi, an operating system that has a mbr partition and as you say, and we would close this question ...

Thank you very much for your patience and help again.

Date 19/06/2020

By kike

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Reply

Indeed, the partitions are with mbr, with which you are right ....
The question, that I would stay now is if there is any iso from w7, that uefi can be installed ...

Thanks for your help and patience

Date 09/06/2020

By Rick

Subject How do I make a imgPTN file out of Pop! OS?

Reply

I tried to make an UEFI bootable image out of Pop! OS iso file.
But something went wrong with symbolic links, it just fails to create symbolic link every time.

Date 09/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: How do I make a imgPTN file out of Pop! OS?

Reply

7zip cannot handle links in ISOs maybe?
You can use IsoBuster to extract the contents to a folder and then drag-and-drop the folder onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut to make a .imgPTN23 file.
PopOS ISO UEFI64-boots fine directly from the ISO file if you UEFI-boot to agFM.
Otherwise, make a blank PopOS.imgPTN file and PopOS. file and install a full PopOS onto them so you can boot a full PopOS.
Look on https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/p/easy2boot-useful-blogs.html for 'full install' blog articles for hints.

Date 08/06/2020

By VincentK

Subject how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

I'm using an iso file from a Ubuntu 20.04 live-cd.
I need this ubuntu version because it's better compatible withe the built-in microphone of my laptop. I boot by UEFI due to agFM. But i see that shutdown feature always fail. It hangs on umounting isodevice which always fail. So I need to hold down power button.

Date 08/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

You can add the kernel parameter noeject to the kernel command line.
Select ISO - select .isodef entry - get Ubuntu menu - press e for edit - add noeject before the quiet word - press F10 to boot.
Because it is LiveCD boot, switching off will do not harm anyway.

Date 08/06/2020

By VincentK

Subject Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

Well, I'm making persistence so my file is labelled isopersist and don't have ubuntu menu. How can I change kernel parameter without isodef ?

Date 08/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

You will have to make a .mnu file.
See sample mnu files for Linux Ubuntu+persistence

Date 08/06/2020

By VincentK

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

Well I did it but now the payload doesn't start.

Date 08/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

The usual problem is that the persistence file is corrupt. Use the same mnu file but rename the persistence file so it is not used. If it boots OK, then it proves the persistence file is corrupt. Use ext3 or ext4 for the persistence file (not ext2).

Date 08/06/2020

By VincentK

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

I tried but it's same.
I will send you a snapshot by email

Date 09/06/2020

By VincentK

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

Thank you for your mail
I've bought ebook 4 but don't understand how to set up variables in grubfm file :
# available variables are:
# grubfm_file - e.g. (hd0,msdos1)/test/ubuntu.iso
# grubfm_path - e.g. /test/ubuntu.iso
like that ?
on same line
grubfm_file: (hd0,msdos1)/_ISO/LINUX/ubuntu.iso
?
or $grubfm_file = (hd0,msdos1)/_ISO/LINUX/ubuntu.iso
?

Date 12/07/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Reply

See examples in eBook or sample files in E2B_PTN2:\e2b\Sample agFM menu files folders.

Date 07/06/2020

By Mat

Subject Problem

Reply

Well, I tried to install windows 98 on an old pc, when the pc boots the e2b menu it only shows the turn off and reset options F9 and F10, What I'm doing wrong? QEMU_MENU_TEST.cmd works OK.

Date 07/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Problem

Reply

E2B requires min. 128MB of RAM. Your system has 64MB RAM.
E2B v2.05a Beta requires 64MB RAM minimum so you can try that.

Date 03/06/2020

By iamrt

Subject IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

I have attempted to create an e2b drive with a 256gb m2 SSD in a 3.1 enclosure but the PTN2 partition receives the aforementioned error. This continues after disabling all AV/protections on my PC. Any suggestions?

Date 03/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

Use Task Manager to check for any running AntiVirus\Protection Services.

Date 03/06/2020

By iamrt

Subject Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

There was a Defender process running that wouldn't close. I disabled it and rebooted but still getting the IsVolOnDrive Incorrect function error.

Date 03/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

Must be some other process still enabled. Look through Services - Comodo? Acronis Active Protection? Avast? AVG? etc.

Date 03/06/2020

By iamrt

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

Nothing 3rd party running except for docker, dropbox, onedrive, myki and brave. Have you seen any issues with some obscure windows processes? If it makes a difference, I have an AMD Ryzen 7 2700x.

Date 05/06/2020

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Reply

Other people have had the same error and they fixed it by disabling their Antivirus. 2000 people every day make an E2B drive. Look harder, or try a different system.

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 08/06/2020

By VincentK

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

Reply

I think you talk about this article https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2015/08/add-full-kali-or-multiple-linux.html
I'm not sure if I could boot from UEFI or only from MBR ? How could I select the full Linux installation ?
My USB device is not a fake it's a right Sandisk model.

Date 23/05/2020

By Stass

Subject Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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\_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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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