How do I boot from a USB thumbdrive without BIOS support?
I just got a 512MB USB Flash Drive for Christmas, and I want to put Puppy Linux on it. Unfortunately, my BIOS doesn't support booting from USB, and it's the latest version for my (old) computer. I have Windows 2000, Mandriva 2006, and several liveCD's. The computer is a Dell Precision 410, BIOS revision A14. It has one SCSI drive (with Windows) and one IDE drive (with Mandriva), one SCSI CD-ROM, and one IDE CD-RW. The drive is a Kingston DataTraveler 2.0. I used the CD (from a different computer) to install Puppy to the USB drive. I have GRUB on the IDE hard drive, and it does not show the USB drive as (hd2,0). I also tried starting GRUB from the Windows bootloader, and it still didn't work. Also, the computer has no floppy drive, which could be a minor issue.
Edit: Oh, yeah, two more things: the BIOS doesn't seem to be Phoenix, Award, or any other brand. It just says Dell Precision 410 revision A14. Also, I don't think any of my other computers can boot from USB, so I have no way to test the drive on another computer.
Last edited by ninjabob7; 12-26-2005 at 12:11 PM.