I want to try to figure out why I had so much trouble getting two computers to boot from a USB storage device in this topic:
I don't know what forum would be the best one to place this topic in, so ti can be moved if this forum is not the appropriate place.
I was trying to use Plop Boot Manager on a floppy disk to boot each of those computers. One would occasionally boot from USB (the one I finally managed to install Puppy Linux on), and the other one (which is much older and has an internal floppy drive) won't boot from anything. I used three different Linux images (Lubuntu 12.04 Live CD, Lubuntu 14.04 alternate installer, and Puppy Linux) on two drives, and they all got to the initial boot menu and started to load before freezing. The newer computer should be able to boot any of those Linux images. If it had a working optical drive and I had some blank CDs, I'm sure it would have worked. The older computer should be able to load Puppy Linux. Even a computer that doesn't have enough RAM to boot a live CD should be able to make more progress than these computers do. They freeze a few seconds after selecting one of the options in the boot menu.
I have found some people having freezing issues with Plop Boot Manager, but they all freeze while Plop is attempting to detect and access the drive. These computers always get to the menu for whatever is installed on the drive, so none of those solutions apply. Forcing a certain USB driver in Plop doesn't help.
I posted the hardware of the newer computer in the topic I linked to above. The older computer is a Gateway Solo 2500 with a 333MHz Pentium II and 224MB of RAM.
Edited by lti, 08 August 2014 - 01:12 PM.