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#1 mr_pickls69

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:29 PM

Hello, my problem is not being able to boot into my usb.   I made a bootable usb of Ultimate Boot CD and i used Rufus to put the iso onto the usb and everything is good there, but i cannot find a way to boot to that usb.  I went into the bios and changed the boot menu .   The boot menu consists of :   LS 120, Hard disk, CD ROM, ZIP, USB FDD, USB ZIP, USB CDROM, USB HDD, AND Legacy Lan.  Ive tried them all and then started the computer and it booted into the hard drive with the OS.  dont know what else to try.    Its a custom built PC,  im using a Sandisk usb stick.  i have the usb in the front of the pc, and i also put it in the back of the pc, and still computer boots to hard drive with OS.

 

 



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:49 PM

Hallo, MrPickls.

 

Mm. Well.... Even though you describe it as a 'custom build', it still helps to know what kinda hardware you've actually got in there.

 

Motherboard would be good, for starters. Also, is this a USB 2.0 stick.....or a USB 3.0 variant? SanDisks can be incredibly picky about what port they're booting from.

 

I have an 'elderly' Compaq desktop from the early 2000s. I have a PCI-e USB 3.0 adapter card, so's I can transfer a lot of files backwards and forwards from a 3TB USB 3.0 SeaGate Expansion desktop drive at something approaching a decent speed!

 

I also run a lot of 'Puppies'. (That's 'Puppy' Linux.....which was originally intended to run from a USB stick.)

 

If I try to boot a Puppy install from a SanDisk USB 3.0 stick, plugged into the adapter card, it'll always fail.....because the card's firmware simply doesn't 'see' boot media. However, if I plug that same stick into any machine where the USB 3.0 port is native to the motherboard, it'll boot like a dream.

 

Hence the query about the motherboard; gives us some idea what kinda set-up you've got there, y'see.

 

 

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:36 PM

Hi mike thanks for replying. I have  a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 motherboard 

I took a snip from speccy of my computer Attached File  computer specs.JPG   49.39KB   0 downloads.

I believe that the zip drive is usb 2.0 

 

Thankyou for your help



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 10:15 PM

Some Gigabytes have issues booting from USB. I would make sure you are using a black USB 2 port and not the USB 3.

 

See the below link for a possible solution. Look in your manual for the boot device key, it may be F12.

 

http://chromasoft.blogspot.com/2010/10/solving-dreaded-gigabyte-wont-boot-from.html



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:14 AM

Hah! Good catch, John.

 

I had a weird feeling this was going to be a Gigabyte board; I'm pretty certain I've run across this before during my internet travels.....

 

And from the looks of that Google search page I'm not far out, at that.

 

 

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Edited by Mike_Walsh, 15 January 2018 - 10:15 AM.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:20 AM

This is a workaround, of course, but given what the OP is trying to boot, and the list he or she presented, one could burn the ISO to optical media and boot from the optical drive (CD ROM, in the list provided, which, if actually a CD ROM, is a pretty ancient piece of hardware at this juncture).

 

If you're lucky enough to be working on a machine that still has an optical drive it does give you another avenue when issues like this arise.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:49 AM

Thanks to all for the help, i have fixed it. i put the usb stick in a usb 2.0 slot and then went into bios looked under +HDD  and there is where the usb drive was.   I had it in the usb 3.0 slot.  

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 11:47 AM

This is a workaround, of course, but given what the OP is trying to boot, and the list he or she presented, one could burn the ISO to optical media and boot from the optical drive (CD ROM, in the list provided, which, if actually a CD ROM, is a pretty ancient piece of hardware at this juncture).

 

If you're lucky enough to be working on a machine that still has an optical drive it does give you another avenue when issues like this arise.

I must be extra lucky then..!

 

The old Compaq desktop I inherited from my sister when she moved on to Win7 from XP has not one, but two DVD +/- RW drives... Gawd knows why.

 

They've saved my bacon on more than one occasion.....and they even allow me to use one drive for booting the PLOP bootmanager to access a secondary, 'awkward' ISO on the other (on the odd occasions when I've needed to).

 

Mind you, the most-used one of the two is getting to the stage where it sometimes needs more than one attempt to eject the tray..... (OK; make that several attempts)! :lol:

 

 

Mike. :wink:


Edited by Mike_Walsh, 15 January 2018 - 11:48 AM.

Distros:- Multiple 'Puppies'..... and Anti-X 16.1

My Puppy BLOG ~~~  My Puppy PACKAGES

Compaq Presario SR1916UK; Athlon64 X2 3800+, 3 GB RAM, WD 500GB Caviar 'Blue', 32GB Kingspec PATA SSD, 3 TB Seagate 'Expansion' external HDD, ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics, Dell 15.1" pNp monitor (1024 x 768), TP-Link PCI-e USB 3.0 card, Logitech c920 HD Pro webcam, self-powered 7-port USB 2.0 hub

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