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will this bios let me boot from usb? screenshots provided


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#1 ejames82

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 11:22 PM

happy holidays,

i installed avg bootable antivirus for usb according to their instructions, and it should be bootable if i can make the proper configuration in the bios. i've made a reasonable effort to get the computer to boot from the flash drive. i have never booted from flash drive before. it's not working. i upgraded the bios about a year ago. here is info about my bios, with screenshots. i had to actually take them with a camera and post them at imageshack. i hope they're clear enough.

here is the main tab. there is no option to select to boot from usb.
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/9714/imgp2448o.jpg

here is the advanced tab. as you can see there is usb legacy support. i will click on it.
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3908/imgp2449s.jpg
and here are the options available to me after i click.
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6049/imgp2450.jpg

here is the boot tab. the only possible option that can help me here is boot device
priority, which i have highlighted. i will click on it.
http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/8983/imgp2451.jpg
here i'm given choices, but none of them offer me usb. i'll click on the first to show
this.
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/863/imgp2452e.jpg
as you can see, there's no usb option offered.
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8588/imgp2453.jpg

i would appreciate any pointers you folks could provide me.
thanks.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 02:38 AM

Hello,

Did you try to find USB under the HDD option, because it's some kind of HDD, and may be there!

Or USB HDD option?

Hope this helps?

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 03:44 AM

What is the make and model of this computer?

If the BIOS allows for the flash drive to be used as boot device it usually is located in the boot order options.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 04:40 AM

Give this a try as a last resort:

Boot from USB without BIOS Support via PLoP CD
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-from-usb-without-bios-support-via-plop-cd/

Please let us know the result.
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 10:11 AM

Now that's slick! :thumbup2:

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 08:47 PM

it works!

the suggestion about the flash drive being in the hard drive group (thanks max7bg) made me consider this plan:
to take away all other bootable hard drives and see what the computer does.
the first hard drive was already disabled in bios. i will disable the second as well.
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2885/imgp2457b.jpg

this pic shows that i have changed the second hard drive from 'auto' to 'none'.
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/2164/imgp2458j.jpg

with the second hard drive (called primary master 1) configured as 'auto' it boots from the second hard drive. with the second hard drive configured as 'none' it is allowed to boot from the usb.

also i found that the flash drive can be plugged in either the front or back of the computer. it doesn't matter where it's plugged in.

thanks for all who replied.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 05:03 PM

AustrAlien,

i have read a little about 'plop boot manager'. it is indeed a great idea. one of the threads that i found indicated that there was a hurdle in regards to the unavailability of usb1.1 drivers.
perhaps i am mistaken and these drivers exist, but that would be a significant issue. the computers that would benefit the most from this innovation would be the older computers with usb1.1. those computers are more likely to not be able to boot from usb.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:57 PM

Time will take care of legacy issues. :whistle:

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 09:18 PM

dc3,

there's been alot of talk about installing (if only temporary) usb 2.0 pci cards as a workaround to the usb1.1 issue.
i don't think this can always work.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 09:29 PM

I seem to be missing something here. 2.0 will always be backward compatible to the 1.1, but will only run at the bus speed of the slower bus.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 09:38 PM

thanks for the reply dc3.




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