[Lubuntu-comms] the USB chainloader that helps other USB drives boot

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Wed Jan 1 14:42:14 UTC 2014

Can you boot computers that have no capability to boot from usb, and 
have a broken optical drive?
Or is this mainly just to boot a USB stick that is not supported by the 
computer to boot from?

On 01/01/2014 05:41 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> Good question Jörn,
> The USB chainloader works from USB.
> I know Plop and have used it to boot USB via CD in old computers. I
> tried to use Plop from USB. I could make it boot and run its menu, but I
> was not able to boot another USB device from it, at least not with the
> fairly modern hardware that I tested (for example professional class HP
> laptops, the newest one with Intel i5).
> Under the hood the USB chainloader is a stripped system based on Ubuntu
> 13.04. The grub bootloader and the boot directory is what is kept, and
> the file grub.cfg is modified.
> So I would say that the USB chainloader is a complement to Plop. I'd be
> happy if you can help me boot from USB with Plop and chainload into
> other USB devices, because it would make it easier to have only one tool
> for these similar purposes.
> Best regards
> Nio
> 2014-01-01 11:33, Joern skrev:
>> What is the difference to Plop boot loader?
>> Am 01.01.2014 um 05:36 schrieb Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at gmail.com>:
>>> Hi,
>>> I just finished a little tool that helps boot some computers from
>>> [other] USB boot drives - the Chainloader
>>> The chainloader is useful for middle-aged computers, for example
>>> computers without a CD/DVD drive, where it can be hard to boot from a
>>> USB drive, or when you want to run from a fast USB 3 drive that is
>>> unwilling to boot.
>>> -o-
>>> What is new, why a new tool? Isn't it enough to be able to use mkusb or
>>> the other tools?
>>> The answer is in this tutorial 'Howto help USB boot drives'
>>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2196858
>>> -o-
>>> Phill, can the compressed image file be uploaded to your server? Maybe
>>> it is too small to have an own link or page. Maybe it can share a page
>>> with mkusb. What do you think?
>>> Best regards
>>> Nio
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