[SOLVED] USB Boot Issue

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[SOLVED] USB Boot Issue

Postby David M on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:17 am

Right now on my netbook I'm running an old Mint Debian version and I'd like to boot from my flash drive to upgrade to a newer version. However, my down arrow key doesn't work. I've been remapping it to right shift when my computer starts up using
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xmodmap -e 'keycode 62=Down'

My boot order is Hard Drive then USB drive. I need to be able to scroll down the menu to make the USB boot first but can't do that because down arrow hasn't been remapped. Is there another way I can do this?
Last edited by David M on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:59 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: USB Boot Issue

Postby caf4926 on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:21 am

I can't really figure out what you mean because what exactly are you modifying that can make such changes ?
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Re: USB Boot Issue

Postby Koji on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:35 am

There are two ways to go about it if the down arrow key is broken on your lappy and you can't press down in bios...

The hard way would be to buy an external sata kit, open up your lappy, take the hdd out, boot from your usb (no hdd connected means usb will boot), once the live usb boots plug in your hdd to an open usb port, mount it, and then install to it, turn the lappy off, put the hdd back in and you're set!

Or you can take the easy way and buy a usb keyboard and change boot order through bios using it ;)
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Re: USB Boot Issue

Postby David M on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:58 am

Koji wrote:There are two ways to go about it if the down arrow key is broken on your lappy and you can't press down in bios...

The hard way would be to buy an external sata kit, open up your lappy, take the hdd out, boot from your usb (no hdd connected means usb will boot), once the live usb boots plug in your hdd to an open usb port, mount it, and then install to it, turn the lappy off, put the hdd back in and you're set!

Or you can take the easy way and buy a usb keyboard and change boot order through bios using it ;)


Oh duh. Didn't even think about an external keyboard and I have one in the next room. Thanks!
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