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Virtual drive - select cdrom or removable media

By @ComputerDoktor2021-06-09 15:49:47.166Z

With a cdrom virtual image, windows suggests formatting the device, boot fails.
Please add a choice between cdrom and removable media.
Works with PiKVM selection cdrom instead of flash.

  • 10 replies
  1. Michael Lynch @michael2021-06-09 20:54:52.403Z

    Thanks for reporting this! Currently, we load all files in flash mode, but it's on the roadmap to support CD-ROM mode.

    Can you share anything about the disk image that only works in CD-ROM mode? So far, we haven't found any files that require CD-ROM mode, so if you have a pointer to where we can find one for testing, that would be helpful.

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      In reply toComputerDoktor:
      @ComputerDoktor2021-06-10 04:49:46.242Z

      One CD-ROM image was not recognised on a target system running Windows 10, Raspi OS did not care about media type.
      2 examples with output of file command
      image built with Windows "burn on CD"
      ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data 'XXXXXXXXXXXX'
      image built by rsp
      ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data 'Win10XPE_x64' (bootable)

      1. C
        In reply toComputerDoktor:
        @ComputerDoktor2021-06-10 17:30:39.708Z

        Another example for an iso image which is not recognized neither running Windows nor as boot media
        Windows evaluation

        1. Michael Lynch @michael2021-06-10 18:23:21.973Z

          Thanks! We'll use this to implement support for CD-ROM mode in a future version.

        2. In reply toComputerDoktor:
          Michael Lynch @michael2021-06-18 21:52:15.836Z

          There's a hacky workaround for this until we add official support for CD-ROM mode:

          sudo nano /opt/tinypilot-privileged/init-usb-gadget

          And then look for the line toward the bottom of the file containing "${MASS_STORAGE_FUNCTIONS_DIR}/lun.0/cdrom" and change the 0 to a 1 so that it looks like this:

          echo 1 > "${MASS_STORAGE_FUNCTIONS_DIR}/lun.0/cdrom"

          Save the file, and then run:

          sudo service usb-gadget restart

          TinyPilot will overwrite these changes on the next update, and it will load all of your virtual disk files in CD-ROM mode while this patch is in place.

          1. C@ComputerDoktor2021-06-20 10:36:54.719Z

            Tx for the instruction, which worked for me.

            1. In reply tomichael:
              BJames Paventi @Binary_Bandit2021-08-09 22:11:31.033Z

              Hi All,

              Just checking in to see if this has been resolved. I can use the workaround to mount a Win 10 boot CD, view the volumt title in WIndows but can not see the file system or boot from it.



              1. Michael Lynch @michael2021-08-11 22:06:19.594Z

                Unfortunately, CD-ROM mode is limited to files <= 2.2 GB. We currently don't have a workaround for larger files.

            2. C
              In reply toComputerDoktor:
              @ComputerDoktor2021-06-20 07:02:46.343Z2021-06-20 12:03:17.191Z

              The Windows evaluation image is a bad example, currently it cannot be used neither with tinypilot nor with PiKVM.
              The size of cdrom images is limited to 2.2 GiB by the g_mass_storage kernel driver, see

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                In reply toComputerDoktor:
                James Paventi @Binary_Bandit2021-08-11 22:16:33.769Z

                ah, thank you ... I'll wait for this to be addressed then