Monday, 27 March 2017

Add Paragon Rescue Kit 14 64-bit .imgPTN file to Easy2Boot (MBR+UEFI)

If you have the Paragon Rescue Kit 14 x64 ISO, you can add it to E2B in the normal way as an ISO file or convert it to a FAT32 .imgPTN file for UEFI-booting. The 32-bit versions does not support UEFI-booting.



Tip: Download the RTK14_free.exe free trial version and then use 7zip to open it and find the iso file.


However, the .imgPTN file will only UEFI-boot - it will not successfully MBR-boot to Paragon Rescue.


To fix this to also allow MBR-booting, add the following lines to the bottom of the \menu.lst file in the .imgPTN image.

title Paragon Rescue Kit x64 (normal mode)\n Paragon x64 in normal mode
kernel /boot/x86_64/loader/linux ramdisk_size=512000 ramdisk_blocksize=4096 splash=silent quiet showopts video=uvesafb:ywrap,mtrr:3 vga=0x314 panic=1
initrd /boot/x86_64/loader/initrd
boot

title Paragon Rescue Kit x64 (safe mode)\n Paragon x64 in safe mode

kernel /boot/x86_64/loader/linux ramdisk_size=512000 ramdisk_blocksize=4096 splash=silent quiet showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processsor.max+cstate=1 vga=0x314 panic=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
initrd /boot/x86_64/loader/initrd
boot





Ref: This blog post is based on an original article I found here.


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Converting the Paragon Rescue 32-bit ISO to a .imgPTN file

Purely as an academic exercise (since you can boot directly from the .ISO file anyway), if you convert the 32-bit ISO to a .imgPTN file, it will not CSM or UEFI-boot.

For CSM booting, unlike the 64-bit version, the 32-bit ISO contained BootIt and lilo boot files.

So I used this menu entry in \menu.lst to get it to MBR-boot  (it does not support UEFI-booting):

title Paragon Rescue Kit (32-bit)\n
kernel /vmlinuzp splash=silent vga=0x314 medialable=EASY2BOOT
initrd /initrd.gz
boot

You may need to add noapic and you can remove the splash=silent for troubleshooting.
I am not sure that the medialable parameter is required as I can change or delete it and it still boots OK???