Sunday, 8 February 2015

E2B 1.62 Beta F&G with Haiku support

Beta F is now available and includes support for booting Haiku 'anyboot' images (including nightly builds). Haiku is very quick to boot, but until now, I don't think anyone has managed to add it to a multiboot USB drive!





This uses a technique, similar to that used for .DMG files, and creates a new partition #4 on the E2B USB drive which must be erased the next time you boot to E2B.

You can prevent having to delete it every time by using a \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file and uncommenting the 2 lines shown in red below:

# To prevent E2B refusing to boot if partition 4 (hd0,3) is present, uncomment the  2 lines below - 
# WARNING: THIS WILL ERASE PTN #4 (hd0,3) ON THE E2B DRIVE!
###if exist (hd0,0)/_ISO/MyE2B.cfg partnew (hd0,3) 0 0 0 
###if exist (hd0,1)/_ISO/MyE2B.cfg partnew (hd0,3) 0 0 0 


Instructions (for E2B v1.62F or later only)

1. Download the 'anyboot.zip' version of Haiku from here.

2. Unzip it to your E2B USB drive (e.g. to \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\LINUX)

3. Rename the file extension from .image to .haiku - e.g. haiku-r1alpha4-anyboot.haiku.

Don't forget to run WinContig if it doesn't boot.

4. (optional) Add the partnew lines (see above) to your \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file so you don't have to manually delete partition 4 the next time you boot to E2B.



Note that E2B 1.62F and G do not show file extensions in the menu entries by default in this version, but the help text at the bottom of the menu still shows the full filename+extension. So you can rename the file without needing to use a .txt file to get a nice menu entry - e.g.



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