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Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby bananabob on Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:49 pm

I have a Gigabyte motherboard and the bios settings will only allow a choice from the following usb-fdd usb-zip usb-cdrom usb-hdd

From doing a google search I have found that I should set the first boot drive to usb-hdd. This I have done. I should also enable "Legacy USB Support" This is also done.

The flash drive is a FAT32 partition.

I have successfully booted LM13 from this drive on a laptop I also have, but the gigabyte mobo will not allow me to boot from the usb.
I have tried the flash drive in two different usb slots on the PC.

Can somebody help me to solve this problem please/
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Re: Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby usbtux on Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:20 am

Try a different flash drive.
Some computers don't like some flash drives...
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Re: Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby bananabob on Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:35 pm

Tried a new flash drive.

I can see from this one that during the boot process the PC does check the usb because a light on the flash drive flashes. But instead of booting from the drive the PC loads up grub2 and displays the menu.
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Re: Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby ny3ali on Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:41 am

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ use this program it works on anything that i ever tried
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Re: Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby bananabob on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:26 pm

That is what I am using
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Re: Unable to boot from a USB flash drive

Postby nerdtron on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:52 am

Does your motherboard POST screen have options like these? I also have a Gigabyte Motherboard

Press F2 for Setup
Press F11 for Boot menu


Or anything along the lines of "Boot Device" or "Boot Sequence". In my case I repeatedly press F11 while the computer is booting. Then it will show me a list of devices where I can choose to boot like:

WD3200xxxx
SANDISKCRUZER COLORS
LGCDROM

Sometimes it could be like this:
HDD0: WD3200xxxx
USB-HDD: SANDISKCRUZER COLORS
CDROM: LGCDROMLightscribe

The Sandisk Cruzer Colors is my flash drive. I hope there is a similar option in your computer just like mine. You don't need to enter the BIOS to set the boot priority. You just have to press the "Choose Boot Menu" key
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