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Old 02-19-2011, 05:46 AM   #16
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ok , first of all, do u have any external usb hard drives connected to your comp? unplgu them all . i suppose you should just elave the correct usb in and there should be only one option left.. i don't know i'm just guessing..take a photo of the bios boot selection ?and show us??

or try with usb zip. it works sometimes. i've seen recommendations that pcs can boot off them.. but have only your usb flash plugged in.. no mp3 player or cameras charging :]
 
Old 02-19-2011, 05:53 AM   #17
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I'm not exactly sure what you mean by boot selection, in my computer it is just referred as the boot menu (F12). I could access the bios menu (F2) too, but I guess this just about the computer configuration (voltage, ...).
I don't have any external hard drives. I have more than one internal hard drives, all connected via sata.
The list that appears in the boot menu doesn't seem to be related to what's connected to the computer at that moment, it just seems to list all possibilities.
A mouse and a printer are also connected to the computer via usb.

edit: I tried usb-zip, it gave no result.
I tried usb-cdrom, which gave the same windows message I stated in a previous post, saying windows was not shut down correctly. I chose safe mode this time, but it gave no result neither.

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Old 02-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #18
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i meant the F12 thing. i'm kinda curious to see it. how did booting with usb zip turn out ?
 
Old 02-19-2011, 06:08 AM   #19
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Well F12 is what I've been doing.
As for usb-zip, I added it as an edit. Sorry our messages crossed.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 06:14 AM   #20
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And regarding the photo, there's really not much to see, it's just a window untitled 'boot menu' that has various entries, including hdd, cdrom, floppy, and the 4 ones starting with usb. It's quite a long process to upload a picture for me, but I'll try to do it.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 06:17 AM   #21
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hello Eric,

I have selected the boot menu, but I am presented with various options starting with 'usb', including the ones I mentionned in my previous post. Which one should I choose?
Hi,

The one that holds your installation media. Like pointed out by silvyus_06, unplug every other USB device you have connected. The USB drive with your install media should be identified as USB harddisk if I'm not mistaking. I also agree that a picture would come in handy

Kind regards,

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Old 02-19-2011, 06:18 AM   #22
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i have no idea whats wrong with your bios (have you made the usb flash drive with unetbootin? ) but if you have spare blank cds hanging around there try to see if with this you can get to boot the usb stick.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 06:26 AM   #23
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there is the image:
http://img201.imageshack.us/i/photogol.jpg/

so let's be clear, this screenshot is what appears when I press F12 on start up.

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Old 02-19-2011, 07:23 AM   #24
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there is the image:
http://img201.imageshack.us/i/photogol.jpg/

so let's be clear, this screenshot is what appears when I press F12 on start up.
Hi,

Select USB-HDD with the USB stick connected on booting from this menu Elishac.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 02-19-2011, 07:38 AM   #25
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okay, I selected what you did, but nothing happened.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 07:48 AM   #26
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As a matter of fact I tried all the usb-x one by one, and I never ended up booting on the usb stick. I sometimes get a windows message as I mentioned earlier.
Does it matter whether it is a usb port in the front or in the back of the computer?
 
Old 02-19-2011, 08:51 AM   #27
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So... I have some news... I rebooted it once more and didn't press F12, and this time windows xp launched. I did nothing peculiar, and I didn't insert a xp restore cd or anything like that. I don't know how it worked, but it did.
So that's one problem less.
From there I can give you more details regarding anything that I can access with windows xp.
Now I'd like to make my optical drive px-760A to work, if in fact it's not broken, so that I can finally install linux. How can I do that?

Thanks.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 10:51 AM   #28
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Hi Elishac,

Weird indeed, so it just booted 'automagically'? That's not very Windoze like but hey, glad you have access again. About the optical drive is that an external USB drive you have? Don't have any experience with Plextor. Does it get detected correctly? Did you check with dmesg?

Kind regards,

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:00 AM   #29
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Hi Eric,
Yes it booted magically just like that, even though it didn't the first times. But as I said earlier, sometimes when I selected 'usb-fdd' or things like that, a Microsoft message would appear saying that it was not shut down correctly. Maybe at that time it made a kind of partition repair, I don't know. Anyway, it works now (though I haven't rebooted yet, I'm kind of scared :-/).

The optical drives are both ide drives. They are internal devices which are connected directly to the motherboard.
I'm not sure what you mean by 'Does it get detected correctly', but at least, during boot time, there's a time when all peripherics that are connected are written on the screen, and it is listed there.
I don't know what dmesg is.
(watch out, there's another page)

Regards.

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:06 AM   #30
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Hello,

When booted into Linux you can open a terminal and execute dmesg, which will print the message buffer of the kernel. So when for example you connect an external device and need more information about how the kernel approaches and detects it you can run dmesg right after connecting it.

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