LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
DrGreenBrill
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2014
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Can't boot from USB


Hi, I am wanting to reformat and boot my little Dell Inspiron Mini 10v from my usb but it wont. It does not have a cd drive. It currently is running Linux Mint 10. Which I want to upgrade. i have tried the following:

Reformat usb drive
used multi boot, pendrivelinux and unetbootin.
I have returned the bios to defualt settings. Enabled the usb legacy. And Made sure usb was at the top in the bios.

i press F12 and choose to boot from usb but nothing happens.
I even tried using an sd card but still nothing. My usb lights up but it just wont boot. It will boot on another computer but not this one.

Any help would be Wonderful, Thank you!
 
Old 02-27-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
szboardstretcher
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
Distribution: GNU/Linux systemd
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587
Well, first thought is the USB versions. I know that USB3 is backwards compatible with old usb ports, but I have proof in my own house that that doesn't mean much.

So yeah, are you sure that your USB drive and USB ports are compatible beyond a shadow of a bug?
 
Old 02-27-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
Emerson
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Saint Amant, Acadiana
Distribution: Gentoo ~arch
Posts: 5,959

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Is this thing booting EFI?
 
Old 02-27-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
DrGreenBrill
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
As far as I know. I tried to boot from usb on my other pc that has windows and it worked just fine, so I assume the usb are working. Linux identifys my usb and I can see what is on it, when Im in linux. But when I try to boot from usb, it just stays black.

I am using unetbootin and have used other programs that make a bootable usb. I make the bootable usb from my windows PC (Is this ok.) I tried Fat32 and Ntfs
 
Old 02-27-2014, 09:58 PM   #5
szboardstretcher
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
Distribution: GNU/Linux systemd
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emerson View Post
Is this thing booting EFI?
A quick search shows lots of results of dealing with uefi on this model.

Last edited by szboardstretcher; 02-27-2014 at 10:06 PM.
 
Old 02-27-2014, 10:02 PM   #6
DrGreenBrill
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
What is efi? I have been searching threads for the past day, and nothing works. I am making the bootable usb from a windows PC, will that make a difference?

Last edited by DrGreenBrill; 02-27-2014 at 10:07 PM.
 
Old 02-27-2014, 10:06 PM   #7
szboardstretcher
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
Distribution: GNU/Linux systemd
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587Reputation: 1587
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrGreenBrill View Post
What is efi?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified...ware_Interface

Its sometimes a pain in the ass to deal with is what it is.
 
Old 02-27-2014, 10:08 PM   #8
colorpurple21859
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: florida
Distribution: slackware64-current, puppy, ubuntu
Posts: 1,968

Rep: Reputation: 274Reputation: 274Reputation: 274
what size is the usb key, I have seen some computers that won't boot usb larger than 4 gigs
 
Old 02-27-2014, 10:17 PM   #9
Ryanms3030
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2014
Distribution: Debian, Mint, CentOS, Ubuntu
Posts: 261

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I could not boot my laptop from USB because of efi. I had to enable legacy boot in bios. Something to look at
 
Old 02-27-2014, 10:34 PM   #10
DrGreenBrill
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2014
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
yes I enabled legacy and still nothing. I have tried lower size usb like a 256mb and still nothing. Is there something quick I can do to test and see if everything is ok. For example, if u tell me to try certain things and after I try them if nothing works then that will tell me if its the usb or just the pc.
 
Old 02-28-2014, 03:18 AM   #11
EDDY1
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland,Ca
Distribution: wins7, Debian wheezy
Posts: 6,838

Rep: Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649Reputation: 649
check in bios under hdd's it may be listed as hdd instead
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
duel-boot using a usb external hard drive without usb boot option Cabtech Linux - Newbie 4 04-22-2012 05:15 PM
HELP I have a USB that will not boot Linux anyone with a good USB to boot from? Lacraig2 Linux - Hardware 3 05-12-2011 04:13 PM
Is there a way to boot from a live cd but then run from usb hd - can't boot usb rbrady Linux - Newbie 16 03-30-2008 12:01 AM
Boot from USB external drive, from laptop without USB boot support. darirod Linux - Newbie 2 12-19-2006 10:00 AM
boot from USB HDD, no MOBO usb boot support magiconexxx Linux - Hardware 0 11-03-2004 12:38 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:55 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration