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Old 01-01-2015, 05:11 PM   #16
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Not that I'm trying to change your mind, or anything, but I've been using memory sticks a lot for this purpose and it's been working just fine. Lots of people use it without any problem. Memory sticks sometimes break, and in your case it might just have been a coincidence. You've got lots of flexibility using them for booting.
You can look at: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/restori...key-partition/

So you can restore the USB to original state by following the instructions for MS Windows or Gnu/Linux at the above site.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 01-01-2015, 06:59 PM   #17
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You can look at: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/restori...key-partition/

So you can restore the USB to original state by following the instructions for MS Windows or Gnu/Linux at the above site.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
Thanks. I didn't know there was an exact correlation. On the other hand, you can use the stick to transfer stuff even if it's set up for booting an OS (of course, the filesize is limited by the FAT32 partition, but that's usually not a problem in this case). I do it all the time and I don't bother to delete the OS, especially given that I've got a lot of free space (16GB but even 8GB is fine usually).
 
Old 01-03-2015, 11:41 PM   #18
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Not that I'm trying to change your mind, or anything, but I've been using memory sticks a lot for this purpose and it's been working just fine. Lots of people use it without any problem. Memory sticks sometimes break, and in your case it might just have been a coincidence. You've got lots of flexibility using them for booting.
Yes, it could have been a coincidence. It was a fairly new drive and may have been defective. I may give it a try again in the future. Thanks again!
 
Old 01-04-2015, 05:14 PM   #19
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Have you checked to see if dvd is enabled in bios?
 
Old 01-10-2015, 05:00 PM   #20
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You can look at: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/restori...key-partition/

So you can restore the USB to original state by following the instructions for MS Windows or Gnu/Linux at the above site.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
Thanks for the link! It'll come in handy when I try using a flash drive again.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 05:02 PM   #21
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Have you checked to see if dvd is enabled in bios?
Yes, everything is enabled. And cd/dvd is one on my boot list.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 05:20 PM   #22
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It was the Optical drive!

I just received the DVD burner I ordered last week, this afternoon, and installed it. Everything that went wrong is now right again. It was able to boot my live disks, including the last one I created on the now dead Samsung burner. I can even play movie dvds once again, etcetera. The new optical is an ASUS E-green. I hope it lasts longer than the Samsung, because 2 years is an extremely short amount of time for an optical drive.

Thank you, to everyone for all the trouble shooting tips! I am so relieved that it was not the motherboard.
I will mark this thread as solved.
 
  


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