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Customing BOOTCD.ISO to prompt for Booting from CD

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By Yves Leger

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Posted: 31 Mar 2005

There's a discussion going on in the forums about the possibility of customizing the BOOTCD.ISO to provide a prompt such as: Press any key to boot from this CD. Since machines would first look at the CD-ROM this would allow the opportunity of booting into the CD if necessary.

Although not exactly the "Press any key...", this is the alternative we're using...

default local
prompt 1
implicit 1
timeout 100
display boot.msg
label local
  localboot 0x80
label 1
  kernel kernel.zen
  append 5 initrd=initrd.gz ramdisk_size=32000 reboot=w

To boot the ZENworks Imaging CD:  Press 1 <Enter>

Result: CD will wait 10 seconds for input, in this case "1" to boot the CD, or default to booting the first HDD (localboot 0x80). You should be able to modify your ISOLINUX.CFG according to your needs.

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