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Quick & Dirty patching of KNOPPIX boot options

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Sometimes I use Knoppix as rescue system. Usually there is an English and a German ISO image on the download page. As search results for English error messages are generally much better, I use the English version. However, I prefer the German keyboard layout and I only need the text console, therefore I had to enter “knoppix 2 keyboard=de” each and every time I booted Knoppix.

It’s tedious, so I changed the default boot options directly in the ISO image:

First I opened the ISO in a hex editor (I used HxD on Windows) and searched for “LABEL knoppix” (red):

Knoppix ISO hex view 1

I didn’t need the boot entry adriane (grey), so I replaced it with spaces. Then I moved everything from “LABEL knoppix” up to “APPEND” in front of its original position, put a¬†new line (0A) before it and¬†inserted my parameters and some spaces after it:

Knoppix ISO hex view 2

I saved the file, burned it and it worked just fine.

Written by johnLate

April 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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  1. Thanks for your advice.

    ali

    18 Aug 09 at 23:18

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