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Extlinux Bootloader

Partition the Drive

Partition the hard drive or USB stick. For USB with FAT file system, use syslinux insted. For more information, see

Install the Operating Systems

Install all of the operating systems you want.

Install Tinycore as explained in one of these guides

Install Tinycore in a primary partition, as Extlinux needs to be in a primary partition.

If Tinycore is installed using one of these methods, Extlinux will be installed.

When Using install.gz Windows will be Automatically Detected

If you have Windows on the computer, and are installing Tinycore in another partition, use install.gz, as it will automatically detect Windows, and set up the Extlinux bootloader so you can start either Tinycore or Windows.

Manual Setup

If you want to set it up manually, following is a guide.

Either install.gz or syslinux.tcz needs to be installed

Either install.gz or syslinux.tcz needs to be installed in Tinycore.

If using install.gz, copy it to the tce directory (not /tce/optional). Restart the computer for it to be loaded.

Copy vesamenu.c32 and chain.c32 to extlinux

To copy vesamenu.c32 and chain.c32 to extlinux, open the terminal and type

sudo su
cp -p /usr/local/share/syslinux/chain.c32 /mnt/sda2/boot/extlinux
cp -p /usr/local/share/syslinux/vesamenu.c32 /mnt/sda2/boot/extlinux

In this example, Tinycore is installed in sda2. If you are using a partition other than sda2, change as appropriate.

Edit extlinux.conf

To start the editor, open the terminal and type

sudo editor

Open the file /mnt/sda2/boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf

If using a partition other than sda2, use the correct partition.

If installed to a hard drive, you should have something like

DEFAULT tinycore
LABEL tinycore
KERNEL /boot/bzImage
APPEND initrd=/boot/tinycore.gz quiet opt=sda2 home=sda2 norestore tce=UUID="long-number"

To have a menu for selecting other operating systems, edit it to be like this

UI vesamenu.c32
MENU TITLE Tinycore Bootloader
TIMEOUT 50

DEFAULT tinycore
LABEL tinycore
KERNEL /boot/bzImage
APPEND initrd=/boot/tinycore.gz quiet opt=sda2 home=sda2 norestore tce=UUID="long-number"

To be able to boot either Tinycore or Windows, edit it to be like this

UI vesamenu.c32
MENU TITLE Tinycore Bootloader
TIMEOUT 50

DEFAULT tinycore
LABEL tinycore
KERNEL /boot/bzImage
APPEND initrd=/boot/tinycore.gz quiet opt=sda2 home=sda2 norestore tce=UUID="long-number"

LABEL windows
KERNEL chain.c32
APPEND hd0 1

If you have other operating systems installed, you can also add them.

Notes

TIMEOUT 50: This determines how long the bootloader will wait before starting the first operating system, in tenths of a second. If 50 is used, it will wait 5 seconds. You may change this.

APPEND hd0 1: In this example, Windows is installed in sda1 or hda1. hd0 1 is the same as sda1 or hda1. If Windows in installed in sda2, use hd0 2. If in another partition, use the correct partition.

If using the Extlinux bootloader, the partition containing Extlinux, needs to be Active or Boot.

The Active or Boot partition can be changed after installing operating systems, by running GParted, selecting the partition, and setting the flag. This is easy using Parted Magic, which may be downloaded from http://www.digitalincursion.net/partedmagic/

A text based menu, menu.c32 can be used instead of vesamenu.c32.

Background Image

To have a background image in Extlinux, you need a suitable image, 640×480 pixels, in PNG, JPEG or LSS16 format. Copy it to the same directory as extlinux.conf.

Add the following line to extlinux.conf.

MENU BACKGROUND image_name

Use Passwords in Extlinux

If you want to use passwords to prevent other people from logging in to your computer, see Extlinux Passwords.