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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 17/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Not really anything to do with grub4dos once it starts booting.
1000's of people use E2B for installing, so there must be something different about your setup.
If you have a 32-bit version try QEMU .cmd file in the root.
Or VBox + DavidB's utility.
Look for corrupt ISO, bad USB stick, bad ISO (not official MS download).

Date 18/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Ok thanks.
I've been using custom built ISO's with updates and service packs slipstreamed in, and pre-activated.
They work fine on their own though. What does E2B do that's different from a normal USB boot when booting to Windows based ISO's? It must be something to do with that?
I will try again with my company enterprise ISO's, as they are official MS ISO's. Wrong version of Windows for me, but worth it to see if it works.
G

Date 18/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

OK, for 'special' versions, it is best to convert them to .imgPTN files - then it is the same as booting from the files on a USB stick.

Date 19/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Hmm. Went through the process for this - seemed to be all going well, but getting the crash in the exact same place :(
Managed to build the imgPTN file all well and good using MakePartImage tools, and copied the resulting img file to the USB _ISOMAINMENU folder (as per instructions).
Go through the process of re-writing the USB partition table on the fly, and it starts to load windows setup (yay). Then crashes in exactly the same way as previously, using the ISO file (boo).
Looks like I'm going to have to maintain 2 USB sticks. Thanks for all the help so far.

Date 19/05/2015

By Steve si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

What do you mean '2 USB sticks?
You mean you have a working usb stick with your installer on it? How did you make it?

Date 05/06/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

I meant 2 physical sticks; 1 to install/liveboot Linux ISO's and the other for Windows.

I chose E2B to get both going on 1 stick :)

Date 05/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

I thought E2B was OK with linux for you. It was just your special Windows ISOs that wouldn't work, so how can you boot them from a USB drive and get them to work if you don't use E2B? What type of USB drive do you use for your Windows ISOs?

Date 30/04/2015

By dcplx1

Subject 2 new themes

Reply

2 new themes
https://hugefiles.net/9ozb88le4x49

Date 01/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: 2 new themes

Reply

https://hugefiles.net/urwsj81yt364

If you want to make choose theme
in below the imgptn and other iso
just rename $Changetheme to ZChangetheme.mnu

Missing theme remake
see_nam_kyu_li

Date 01/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: 2 new themes

Reply

There is no heading or footer text and menu is too long and goes below the screen???

Date 02/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: 2 new themes

Reply

.have no internet this time so i could only make cfg, I will research when im online to make gfxmenu in scrnshot there is no header footer in nam kyu theme. My first post have I upload 2 themes.

Date 03/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: 2 new themes

Reply

https://hugefiles.net/bdirryjzoem2
Seeya Nam Kyu Li GFX

Date 28/04/2015

By Starla

Subject E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

Hi Steve.
I think HPAD is being calculated as rstart-1 space characters and applied to pad headings position when HPAD is set to empty (HPAD=) in MyE2B.cfg.
I'm using GMODE=800. According to E2Bed it can hold 100 char per line. So I'm using CENTREHD=100 in order to get screen-centered (not on-the-box centered) headings. I use HEADPOS=0100, but my headings keep being displayed padded to right by 3 spaces (my rstart=4 minus 1) from correct screen center.
I've been trying to find what's setting HPAD to 3 spaces and it seems to be
if not exist HPAD call /%grub%/SetHPAD.g4b %rstart%
However HPAD is supposed to exist, although I set it as empty in MyE2B.cfg.

Date 28/04/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

Oh, almost forgot. On a side note I've found that by setting AUTONUM=0x2002 the line numbering is removed but 3 space chars are written between menu marker and the menu entries (2 spaces accounting for 1-99 numbering and the space after them I guess). This looks better IMHO than using AUTONUM=0x0000 (no space between marker and entry). I think this is happening for any value of AUTONUM where last 2 digits are greater than 01, i.e. AUTONUM=0x0002.

But I'm not sure whether using this values could cause problems?

Date 28/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

sample mye2b.cfg describes AUTONUM and use of 0x20
# E.g. The user can type '23' to select item 23 in the menu and so it is useful to have the menu items numbered.
# Auto-numbering is enabled by default. AUTONUM=CCMM where CC is the marker character (byte) and MM is bit0=numbering and bit1=space after number,
# Use AUTONUM=0x0000 to set auto-numbering off, 0x2001 sets numbering on with a space after number (default), 0x2d01 autonumber with hyphen after number, 0x1a01 arrow, 0x3a01 colon, 0x0701 dot
# e.g. 0x2d00=►menutext, 0x2d01=►nn-menutext, 0x2d02=►___menutext, 0x2d03=same as 0x2d01 (where nn=two-characters for menu numbering 0-9/10-99)

Date 28/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

set HPAD=
does not make HPAD empty - it deletes HPAD. Use
set HPAD=\x20\x20
set CENTREHD=98
set HEADPOS=0100
P.S. Latest E2B_Editor 1.0.70 comments out lines after -- ADVANCED line, rather than just omitting them.

Date 29/04/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

Thank you very much Steve. I ended using just HPAD=\x20 with CENTREHD=98. That yields center of heading at position 0149, which is exactly 50 chars from left screen border. Great.

New $NAME$ support in 1.67bA is supercool!

Date 14/04/2015

By Me

Subject Can't install Debian 7.8

Reply

So... I've done everything I could but I can't use my debian 7.8 Iso.. For some reason it says that it can't find the Cd-Rom drive, and I can't start the live either.. Is it not supported?
(I've tried the solution from the Kali distro and that didn't work)..

The drive is contiguous and it's the KDE Amd64 full install image.

Date 14/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Can't install Debian 7.8

Reply

If you look at the 'Tested ISOs' page, you will see instructions on how to boot Debian

Date 11/04/2015

By sTe

Subject HP Quickweb

Reply

On my hp laptop 6460b i can download quickweb. When it runs it creates 2 partitions and installs files to the second partition the first one looks empty (maybe boot sector loader?). If i power off my laptop i can click the hp dedicated button for quickweb and it then boots into a Unix web interface/browser etc. Don't suppose you could have a look and suggest how i might convert to imgptn .

Date 12/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: HP Quickweb

Reply

There should be a partition on your hard disk with a volume name of HP_TOOLS with a \hewlett-packard folder in the root. If you can unhide this so you can see the files, copy the \hewlett-packard folder to a new folder on your C: drive and then hide the HP_TOOLS partition again.
Now create a \menu.lst file inside the new folder and add a menu for the linux files (I used qw.cfg to get the correct parameters)

title QUICK-WEB
kernel /hewlett-packard/quickweb/kern BTTYPE=PART WINRTCOFFSET=00 PTL_BIASED_TZ=0000 log_buf_len=2M floppy=nofifo root=/dev/ram nomce init=/linuxrc max_loop=64 elevator=cfq usbcore.autosuspend=1 vga=0x0f04 panic=10
#very_quiet
initrd /hewlett-packard/quickweb/init.gz

Now you have the contents in a folder, you can drag-and-drop the folder onto the MPI_FAT32 shortcut to make a .imgPTN file. When asked about Menu.lst - choose MERGE/COMBINE
I cannot test as I think the installer adds more stuff and a video driver.

Date 30/03/2015

By Shapoor

Subject external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

hi,
I have a 4 TB external hard disk. I want to use it as a bootable media a install some repair software and also windows installer. and also use it as a storage media. I think it's very practical to devide it into 2 partition, one partition for bootable sofware, and the other as mass storage. How can I do it?
Another question;
How could I install an OS on an external hard disk, which could be booted into from any given system?if it is possible, how could I bring this OS in the multiboot partition menu mentioned above?

Date 02/04/2015

By someone

Subject Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Make a 2nd partition in your hard make it primary using minitool partition wizard and mark it as active on the tool copy all e2b files on the new partition you can make it as NTFS format then copy all ur iso , imgptn files on it then run as administrator make all files contiguous then it is good to go.

PS I made mine 128gb 2nd partition then test it on virtual box or qemo

Date 04/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Many BIOSes cannot access sectors on a USB disk past 137GB. This is a very common bug. So I recommend that E2B is placed on the first partition and the partition size is kept to below 137GB. Once you boot to an OS like linux or Windows, it uses it's own drivers and so it can access all the disk.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Thanks for ur answer,
I devided the HDD into 2 partition, one primary and active with 20 GB volume, and another logical and inactive and about 3.6 TB it's volume.
Then I copied E2B files to the primary partition. But the command file "MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS", makes an error, "can't find wincontig.exe in this folder or in wincontig folder !" .
I run the script as administrator.
Also the software "RMPrepUSB", doesn't recognize the smaller partition. Just greater partition is detected.
Any response is appreciated.

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Try running WINCONTIG from the \_ISO\docs\WINCONTIG folder.
To get a disk of more than 2TB, you will have had to format it as GPT. Can you see the smaller partition under Windows? Does it have a volume letter?
Using GPT is going to cause big problems with many iso, etc, and I am not sure if grub4dos even fully supports it!
You need to format the drive as MBR, but then your maximum is 2TB.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Thanks for ur response.
The derive is devided into 2 partition.One is 30 GB and primary and active and the other is 3.6 TB and logical and inactive. Both are represented by letters under "mycomputer", on "win 7".
I checked the drive in "disk management", and it is "MBR".
I run "wincontig", and difrag the smaller partition, without any change in it's bootability. Still the HDD isn't bootable, and still when I run "MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS", it issues the error, "can't find wincontig.exe in this folder or in wincontig folder!"

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

You cannot have a >2TB partition unless the disk is GPT.
Use RMPrepUSB - Drive Info - 0 to view the partition table.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

hi, thanks again;
Here is the result of RMPrepUSB - Drive Info - 0;
"Accessing Drive 1 - "Seagate Expansion Desk" (4,000,787,025,920 bytes)

Error accessing sector 0 on Drive 1

ERROR: The parameter is incorrect."

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

It sounds like the disk is a 4k sector disk.
You cannot MBR boot from such a disk.
You must use a 512-byte per sector 512e disk.

Date 07/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

It's a 4k 512e drive.
Can I use a usb flash drive, as an assistant, to boot into the mentioned HDD.

Date 07/04/2015

By SteeSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Sorry, most BIOSes cannot read 4k devices.
There is some new work for the USB driver in grub4dos 0.4.6a to support 4k drives, but I have not tested it.
You can test by making the USB flash drive the boot drive for grub4dos 0.4.6a and loading the USB driver using
usb --init
but it only works for USB 2.0 ports and many USB controllers are not detected. Unless you are very experienced and are prepared for a lot of problems, I would not go there!

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Windows installing problem

Reply

im using usb helper, the problem is :
Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [D:\autoattend.xml] The answer file is invalid

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

Windows 95,98,3,XP,7,8.10???
What XML file did you use?

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

win7
xml from E2B\_ISO\docs\USB FLASH DRIVE HELPER FILES
autounattend.xml and unattend.xml

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

You copy the ISO to \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7
When you run the ISO from the menu - it asks you to pick a .XML file.
Q. What XML file did you pick.

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

well i have tried all of 3 and i got same error

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

Are you testing on a real system (not a VM).
Using USB 2.0 ports?
Are you using original Helper .XML files from E2B \_ISO\docs\USB FLASH DRIVE HELPER FILES folder on Helper flash drive?
Try this:
1. Delete both XML files from the USB HDD (not from Helper drive).
2. Boot to E2B and run Win7 - choose first default XML option.
3. Wait until you get the invalid XML error.
4. Do NOT reboot to E2B menu - just examine .XML files on the HELPER USB drive - the AutoUnattend.xml contents should be the same as \_ISO\e2b\firadisk\au.xml.

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

real system, usb 2.0, yes the original
autounattend.xml on usb drive is emty, nothing there

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

So \AutoUnattend.xml file is not being written to.
I assume Helper drive is FAT32 or NTFS?
Try this.
1. Insert both USB E2B HDD and USB Helper flash drive
2. Boot to E2B menu
3. Press P key and type easy2boot for password
4. Press C key to get to grub4dos console
5. Type find - is Helper USB drive listed?
Try to list contents of helper drive - e.g. if drive is (hd1,0)
ls (hd1,0)/
can you list files on Helper drive OK?

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

jep, it is listed, but i think usb helper method its "messy thing" because i tried on other systems. on my laptop setup freezes, on my other llaptop i cant do nothing with e2b drive when i plug helper usb. So im not smart and I beg you to find other way.
Or can you tell me, it is possible to boot .imgPTN into legacy mode ? and how to do it ?

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

Just drag-and-Drop ISO onto MPI_FAT32 or MPI_NTFS desktop shortcut to make a .imgPTN file.

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

maybe ure getting bored. But i really love this masterpiece so i need to make it work. after i made .imgptn, replace the e2b partition, select keyboard and language (no blue console showed), then it stuck on windows setup is starting ... Tried 17 times all day and same result :S

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

You don't need or get the blue console with a .imgPTN arrangement because Windows can access the install.wim directly on the USB drive (it is not inside the ISO).
If it is hanging on Windows Setup then there is something about the system that Setup does not like. Maybe bad internal HDD or bad memory (or you have bad USB drive and files are corrupt).
Try another system, a different ISO or a different USB drive. Experiment to find out where it works and where it does not.

Date 18/03/2015

By Veton

Subject install E2B on HDD with 3 partition

Reply

So basically i want to install E2B on my internal\external HDD but i need to have installed windows 7 on HDD cause sometime ill use it like internal HDD. So tell me, is there any tutorial for that, or can i make 2 partitions for this purpose ?

Date 18/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: install E2B on HDD with 3 partition

Reply

I don't recommend having a Win7 external USB HDD - Win8 WinToGo would be better. E2B is intended to be used on a multiboot external drive, not as a main OS. For instance, if you use .imgPTN files, you may switch out the Windows partition and then may not be able to boot to Windows.
In any case, you can use the same NTFS partition for both Windows and E2B or use two Primary partitions, one for each. Install Windows first and then add the E2B files and install grub4dos to the MBR. You will then need to boot to E2B and press F7 to boot to Windows each time.

Date 19/03/2015

By Veton

Subject Re: Re: install E2B on HDD with 3 partition

Reply

when i press f7, its says selected disk does not exist.
i have installed windows 7 and E2B in same partition ?
what i have missed ?
pls help me solve this

Date 19/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: install E2B on HDD with 3 partition

Reply

Sorry, my mistake!
If the Win7 is on the same drive that you boot from, you need to add the 'Boot Windows bootmgr.mnu' Sample menu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.

Date 16/03/2015

By Rayees

Subject making winhelper.usb converting it to imgPtn file

Reply

I have convert winhelper.usb image to a file in .imgPtn extension I want to use this file instead of helper drive but i do no t know what to change in menu.lst and else where plz help thanks.

Date 16/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: making winhelper.usb converting it to imgPtn file

Reply

Your joking, right?
Read https://www.easy2boot.com/faq-/how-e2b-works/ Windows Install ISOs section.
The WinHelper files MUST be on a Removable USB drive.
If what you are doing would work - don't you think I would have suggested it or just added it to E2B already...
Convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file.

Date 16/03/2015

By disciplexone

Subject bootloop on real system

Reply

I have problem in booting e2b on real system
I get continous scrolling https://s7.postimg.org/477iriba2/IMG_20150316_092238.jpg
and i add the lines to the menu.lst in easy2boot but I get a black screen? =']

Date 16/03/2015

By disciplexone

Subject Re: bootloop on real system

Reply

bad sata hdd

Date 13/03/2015

By Mohammad Rayees Ahmad my email id [email protected]

Subject Booting e2b from fixed Hard Disc

Reply

I used Grub4dos installer 1.1 and install gldr on hd0 fixed drive with whole mbr option and i finally replace the gldr file on hard disc from e2bver1.62.ZIP file and copy all file from e2b.zip file to hard disc and i got successfully e2b drive on my hard disc working very well. but i have some iso file on another partition i have only two partition on my hard disc one is primary partition c drive and another is logical partition d drive my iso file is on drive d:\ and i want to run these iso file using Ptn2_menu.mnu file but it is not working please help. thanks

Date 13/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Booting e2b from fixed Hard Disc

Reply

Partitions are numbered 0-3 for primary partitions and 4-n for logical.
So first Logical partition is (hd0,4). Use PTN_LOG1_Menu.mnu for Logical partition 1.

Date 13/03/2015

By Dave

Subject Windows 7/8 Restore

Reply

Hi,
Can anyone tell me how to create a menu selection for Windows 7/8 restore? Basically I would like to be able to get to the screen which allows me to select system image restore and then choose my image based on whatever HDD I have attached to the computer - just like doing it manually with a Win7/8 install CD.
Thanks,
Dave

Date 13/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows 7/8 Restore

Reply

What's wrong with just using the Install ISO?

Date 09/03/2015

By THE Sorcerer

Subject persistent knoppix

Reply

I would like to boot knoppix:
https://www.knopper.de/
and with some persistent solution
Nota Benne: I can imagine my own solution like I install knoppix on stick, then I make an entry in it's own isolinx boot which will start easy2boot grub, I already done such think for Hiren,
but I would like to have knoppix "contained" in an iso image
thank you :)

Date 09/03/2015

By Steve Si

Subject Re: persistent knoppix

Reply

No problem!
Please see new blog post
https://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/add-knoppixpersistence-to-your-e2b-drive.html

Date 06/03/2015

By БлагоЯр Тишина

Subject Boot from folder

Reply

Is it possible to boot from a folder? WinPE have chance add a folder with drivers and iso which have me, support the installation of certain folders.

Date 06/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Boot from folder

Reply

Please explain more clearly what you want to do. e.g.
1. Boot xxxxxx from an ISO? on E2B
2. Install drivers from a folder on the E2B drive ???
Automated?

Date 28/03/2015

By БлагоЯр Тишина

Subject Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

No.
I have an ISO (https://www.sergeistrelec.ru/forum/20-198-1) that provides unpacking on the flash drive. Can I make a menu in Easy2Boot, that will not boot from the ISO, and from the folder of unpacking the ISO. Since one of the folders unpacked ISO can put my drivers, who established at startup.

Date 28/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

I would suggest you use MakePartImage.
Drag-and-drop the ISO onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut to make a .imgPTN file.

Date 18/06/2015

By BlagoYar

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

And that it will give me?

Date 18/06/2015

By БлагоЯр Тишина

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

And that it will give me?

Date 18/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

It will give you what you desire.

Date 19/06/2015

By БлагоЯр Тишина

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot from folder

Reply

I don't understand - how?

Date 03/03/2015

By ElMariachi

Subject Many Booting Problems

Reply

Hello I installed 8 different images on an Easy2Boot USB-Drive.
But only two of these actually are working, all the others get stuck during the boot process. I also tried convertign all non functional images to imgPTN Files, but that only led to even more errors. I ran the the make continuous script after any change.

FreeBSD 10.1 amd64 dvd version
(.iso):
"Mounting from cd9660:/dev/iso9660/10_1_RELEASE_AMD64_DVD failed with error 19.
(.imgPTN):
"No OS found. Remove All Drives containing no OS."

FreeBSD 10.1 Memstick version
(.img):
"Mounting from ufs:/dev/ufs/FreeBSD_Install failed with error 19."

FreeNAS 9.3 Stable
(.iso):
"mountroot: waiting for device /dev/iso9660/FreeNAS_INSTALL"
(.imgPTN):
"No OS found. Remove All Drives containing no OS."

lxle-12045
(.iso):
"(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live system"
(.imgPTN):
"(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live system"

PCBSD10.1.1 x64 DVD-USB
(.iso):
"Mounting from cd9660:/dev/iso9660/PCBSD_INSTALL failed with error 19."
(.imgPTN):
"No OS found. Remove All Drives containing no OS."

TRUEOS10.1.1x64 DVD-USB
(.iso):
"Mounting from cd9660:/dev/iso9660/PCBSD_INSTALL failed with error 19."
(.imgPTN):
"No OS found. Remove All Drives containing no OS."


super-grub2_disk_i386
(.iso):
working

Hiren's BootCD 15.2
(.iso):
working

Could you help me with some of these please?

Date 03/03/2015

By ElMariachi

Subject Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

Sorry, I forgot to add:
I know there are solutions, like using some manual commands during the boot process for making some stubborn OSses boot, but it's not very workable having to put these commands every time I want to boot one of these images and I can never remember these commands at all. So I could use a more generic solution.

Date 04/03/2015

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

Are you booting using a Real system and are you using a USB 2.0 port?

Date 05/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

lxle just works for me as a .iso file??
See also blog page https://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/adding-freebsd-freenas-pcbsdtrueos-to.html

Date 08/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

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FreeBSD 9 and 10 and pfSense 'memstick' images are now supported by the new MPI Tool Kit and new E2B v1.62 Beta 3 versions.
See new page https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/freebsd/
and blog https://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/easy2boot-163-beta-3-now-supports.html

Date 08/03/2015

By ElMariachi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

Seems like good news :)
I just saw your post regarding E2B v1.62 Beta 3 and the new MPI Tool Kit after I had responded to your answer, so nevermind.
Thank you!

Date 08/03/2015

By ElMariachi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

Thank you for help!
1) Yes, I tried the USB drive using the physical USB 2.0 Port of my Thinkpad T60.
2) Thanks for the link. If I understand that site right, then there currently is no way for creating working images from FreeBSD 10.x drives at all?

Date 10/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

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Yes - see latest blog post and use new MPI Tool Pack and E2B 1.63 Beta 3. https://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/easy2boot-163-beta-3-now-supports.html
Also https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/freebsd/

Date 18/03/2015

By ElMariachi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Many Booting Problems

Reply

Hello!
Thank you for your help!
I wanted to inform you, that the recently bought USB drive I was using is faulty. Probably the problems with booting lxde and such came from that. It's now on RMA.
Also, I got another question:
Do you think you could make proxmox ISOs work out of the box?
This distribution is debian based. The setup hangs when trying to start the install script. I have to follow these instructions for making it work everytime:
https://rmprepusb.blogspot.de/2014/03/add-proxmox-isos-to-easy2boot.html

Date 17/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Persistence and .mnu files

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Hi all and thanks for this project!
I have a problem with persistence.

I have ubuntu.iso and ubuntu.mnu file in /_ISO/LINUX/MNU folder and EXT2 with "casper-rw" name of volume in root of USB drive. ubuntu.mnu was an ubuntu sample file with all paths edited for my organization.
Nothing.
The MNU file is not read, even the title and "help text" are detected.

So I made a new attempt:
I created the MNU file with /_ISO/docs/E2B Utilities/E2B MNU Maker.cmd and now MNU file is read with title and "help text" right.. but in this file there isn't persistence.
I tried with "kernel ..." line before "boot" line but generate an Error "file not found".

How do I enable the persistence?
Thanks in advance,
Dreeg

Date 17/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

If a .mnu file does not appear to be working, it is probably because you have not edited it to contain the name of your ISO file (two places usually).

There are some Ubuntu mnu file examples in the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files folder - e.g. Ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64_Persistent.mnu.
Just copy the one for your version to the \_ISO\LINUX\MNU folder and read the instructions inside the .mnu file. e.g.
# Make a ext2 file using RMPrepUSB in the root of the drive (i.e. File Name=Ubuntu1304-rw Volume Name=casper-rw)
# Place this .mnu file and the Ubuntu ISO in (_ISO\xxx\MNU), e.g. \_ISO\MainMenu\MNU or \_ISO\Linux\MNU
# This menu will work even on an NTFS USB boot drive
# IMPORTANT: you MUST run WinContig (Ctrl+F2) before booting E2B.

You must edit the name of the .iso file inside the .mnu file to match your own ISO file name.

Date 17/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

Hi, thanks for reply.
I already edited all occurrency of .iso and ubuntu1404-rw in .mnu sample file but don't work.
Now I create manually a new .mnu file (and deleted old .mnu file, I haven't duplicate :P ) and all work but return error "File not found" on hd0,3 or %E2BDEV%,3 (that is ubuntu1404-rw).

Date 17/02/2015

By Stevesi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

hd0,3 is ISO not rw file!
Please show your menu file...

Date 17/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

This is my .mnu file in /_ISO_/LINUX/MNU
https://pastebin.com/SMUZUgsM

Date 17/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

You have
iftitle [if exist $HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso] Ubuntu 32-bit v14.04.1 \nAvvia Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 con 2GB di persistenza
set ISO=%MFOLDER%/LINUX/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso

This is NOT what is in the sample .mnu files???

Try this instead
iftitle [if exist $HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso] Ubuntu 32-bit v14.04.1 \nAvvia Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 con 2GB di persistenza
set ISO=$HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso
etc etc

Date 18/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

It work!! As I said I tried to create the .mnu file by hand, taking inspiration from various sources since the sample didn't work for me.
Thanks a lot! A good make,
Dreeg

Date 12/02/2015

By Jeremysoftbeard

Subject Hiren's menu changing text color.

Reply

I made my own theme config and when I navigate to the menu for Hiren's boot cd restored (extracted) it changes my settings for text color and highlighting. Is there a way to make it adhere to my theme?

Date 12/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Hiren's menu changing text color.

Reply

The .mnu file contains
configfile /HBCD/menu.lst

So /HBCD/menu.lst must contain color commands.
You just need to remove them. They are usually near the top of the file.

Date 11/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Is it possible to add separator lines to the menu?

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On the main menu of E2B I have 5 or 6 different things. By default, they all show up together. Is there any way to add something to separate each item? Maybe just a blank line. Maybe a line of ****************s or something like that? I saw some docs on the text files you can edit but wasn't really sure where to start looking.
Thanks.

Date 11/02/2015

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Is it possible to add separator lines to the menu?

Reply

See the \_ISO\docs\Sample .mnu files folder
A_BlankMenuEntry.mnu
A_BlankMenuEntrySeparator.mnu
Just add one to the folder (e.g. MAINMENU) and then rename it so that it is where you want when ordered alphabetically.
or rename the ISOs too and use a .txt file
(you can use a .txt file for each ISO/payload.)

e.g.
1_myiso.iso and 1_myiso.txt
2_separator.mnu
3_mynextiso.iso and 3_mynextiso.txt
4_separator.mnu
etc.

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

So I setup E2B on a flash drive and tested it on a Dell laptop and it worked great. I'm using it for imaging Windows. I have 8.1 and server 2012 on it and had no problems during my testing.

I now tried to use it on an actual server (Dell R630) and it doesn't work. I get the menu, choose my OS, and then I get an error stating:
Windows failed to start.
File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000001

Anyone run into this before or have any idea what I can do to fix it?

Date 10/02/2015

By STevesi

Subject Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

is it UEFI ?

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

It supports EUFI per this link:
https://www.dell.com/support/Manuals/us/en/19/Topic/poweredge-r630/R630_OM_Publication-v1/en-us/GUID-12C950B3-B0EF-4089-867E-89277DB2DA6A

Not sure if it's enabled or not as we just unboxed the servers. Should it be off to make it work?

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

I just checked and it is NOT set to EUFI mode.

Date 11/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

We got this figured out. It was a problem on the server itself that the raided hard drives hadn't been initialized so nothing was working.

Date 02/02/2015

By Donny Bahama

Subject Password protected

Reply

I want to heavily customize the menu system so that the main menu is a preliminary menu that requires a password before it will go to the actual main menu - otherwise it boots to the default hard drive. The point of this is (when I accidentally leave my flash drive behind) to scare low-tech users and prevent them from using it (as well as to get them to call me and return my flash drive.) On other USB toolkits, I've used a "DANGER" background bitmap with embedded text that says, "Please Return This To..." I configured the menu to be very small/narrow with all the menu text/borders/highlights/shadows/selection/etc. set to the same color as the background image. Assuming the password is "1234", you'd have to press 1 to get to the next menu, then at the next menu, you'd have to press 2 to get to the 3rd menu (otherwise you go back to the first menu), etc. I know this is low tech and not super secure, but it accomplishes the goal - and usually gets my toolkit returned to me. So my question is, can I replace the main menu with my "password menu" and automatically populate a submenu the way the current main menu is done?

Date 02/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Password protected

Reply

https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/
See Other Passwords heading

This will show any bitmap you like which can contain text.
Just change the password to 1234 instead of fred.

Date 19/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Password protected

Reply

Did you manage this or do you need more help?

Date 31/01/2015

By rodney

Subject split external hard drive

Reply

i have a 1TB external hard drive. what i want to do is split it into 2 partitions, a 20GB bootable for E2B, and the rest non bootable for other things. is this possible? And if so, what is the process I should use to accomplish it?

Date 31/01/2015

By rodney

Subject Re: split external hard drive

Reply

I actually have just made the whole thing a E2B drive. any way to shrink the E2B portion down to 100GB?

Date 31/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

You can shrink it and repartition it any way you like - e.g. Easeus Home Partition Master or MS Disk Manager or whatever.
Just make sure you only have two Primary partitions - use RMPrepUSB - Disk Info - 0 to check.
If you have a small Type 21 hidden partition you can delete it.
You can have two primary partitions or 1 primary and any number of logical partitions (as they just use one type 0F primary partition entry).

Date 01/02/2015

By rodney

Subject Re: Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

when i get to step 5 it only bring up the whole drive as a whole and not the individual partitions. This is after I used Easeus and split it in two.
by step 5 I am referring to..........
In Windows Explorer, right-click and choose 'Run as Administrator...' on the \_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd

Date 01/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

Make_e2B_USB_Drive.cmd uses RMPartUSB to partition and format the whole drive. You have two choices
1. Use Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd or RMPrepUSB to make the USB drive first and then resize the partition and add partitions using Easeus HPM (recommended)
https://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-e2b-usb-drive-using-rmprepusb/
2. Create partitions using Easeus HPM then install grub4dos to MBR and PBR using RMPrepUSB

Date 27/01/2015

By xamindar

Subject Where is MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd ?

Reply

I can only find one mention of MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd on the site but do not see it in any of the downloads. Is this something that didn't work out?
I was just thinking it would useful to just run that on the drive to make everything contiguous while I am on another computer that doesn't have wincontig installed.

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