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#1 intaki

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:50 PM

Peace:
I can't boot Windows XP Pro on this Dell GX110 because of missing sys32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys. NONE of the methods for System Restore work.
I don't have a bootdisk so wanted to try a new OS. This is LinuxLive version of Unbunto. Never even heard of this but am willing to try anything at this point. The BIOS screen in the Optiplex doesn't list USB on the drop down list of booting options(IDE CD-ROM device, Hard Drive C: and Disket Drive). Is it possible to Boot with flashdrive from any of these? This machine has a 5-port Enhanced PCI card because the original one was broken. It also has 512MB Ram. The USB Emulation(listed on set-up menu) can be turned on or off. I just noticed it was OFF and the USB mouse works. Flash Drives are used for external storage. Any help would really be appreciated. Thank you PS:
I also have an Internet Appliance(Neoware E-90 Thin Client) with Linux 3.0 that works but needs the Dell as a host.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

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If the Internal built-in USB ports are broken then there is no way to boot from USB. A Add-on USB card is not supported in the BIOS as a boot option. You will have to install from a CDRom.

The USB Emulation(listed on set-up menu) can be turned on or off. I just noticed it was OFF and the USB mouse works. Flash Drives are used for external storage

That setting has no effect in windows and only works with the Built-in USB ports.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

Thank you for the info.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:23 AM

Peace:
Please forgive me if this is a stupid question.
What are the steps for creating a BOOT CD from the Unetbootin Live flash drive that I created? I will be using a friends computer to burn the CD.
Thank you for your assistance

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:45 AM

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Just go back to where you downloaded the LinuxLive version of Unbunto, find the CD ISO file and burn that. A ISO when burned the right way becomes the entire CD disk ready to use.
The same site should have instructions on how to burn the image.

Good Luck
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