I'm sorry to hear you're still hitting a wall even after BIOS update. I recalled grub2 can boot iso images. I have never attempted it... This is if you're really serious and have time for R&D, i think. I was suprised to find this, excerpt: "Ubuntu ISOs are designed to allow booting directly from the hard drive using GRUB 2 and eliminates the need for burning a CD/DVD" at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot (makes it sound easy enough ) linux mint is built from ubuntu, so it should be extremely similar, supposedly. Here's some Grub2/ISOBoot/Examples to go along with it: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2 ... t/ExamplesCrusader wrote:
- I flashed BIOS to 214 - the most recent version - even that doesn't support booting live OS from DVD.
The system still does not recognize any of the USB ports - that eliminates the option of booting from USB.
The article goes on saying it's so you can "try ubuntu", but you pretty much have to have linux, installed first - to have grub available. Even though I have a reasonable understanding what it all means, for someone just wanting to "try ubuntu" I'd say it's a bit advanced compared to creating a CD/DVD or bootable USB. Then again, if you read up on it and follow the steps it might be just what you need to make this happen.
Just wondering, how did you install linux mint the first time?