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Old 05-13-2009, 06:19 AM   #1
Fizbhnio
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Slax 6.1 - "Boot Error"


Hello Community,

I have been using linux on and off for several years and tried various distributions however I still consider myself to be on the newbie side.

Anyways to the actual problem. I have downloaded and successfully installed Slax 6.1 onto my Sandisk Cruzer usb drive. I made it bootable and it successfully boots into Slax from various computers and laptops I have tried it on. However some bizzare twist of fate made it impossible to boot it from my home computer.

My home computer is a Packard Bell Imedia 2770 (about 2.5 years old) and supports booting from usb devices. The device works normally when I plug it in and I have no trouble using it otherwise. However when I set bios to boot from my USB device it gives me

Boot error

Initially I thought this might be a fault with the mbr of my USB drive as other threads suggest but what is curious is that I can boot on virtually any other PC I have tried to boot it.

I tried updating the BIOS but still no luck, any ideas suggestions or workarounds?

Thanks in advance for the help!


P.S.: Just wanted to add that my PC gave me the same error on every USB installation I tried, not only the SLAX distro.

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Old 05-13-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

How do you have the USB setup within your BIOS? What is the boot order? Sometimes the latency of the device can be a problem for booting with a USB device.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 09:17 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Onebuck,

Due to a problem with my keyboard I can not access the BIOS itself but I can only access a separate boot menu when starting up my PC. This looks like

Press F2 to enter Bios press F8 to change boot order. The boot order menu looks like this :

USB DEVICES:
- USB KEY
OPTICAL MEDIA:
- DVD/CD ROM DRIVE
HARD DRIVES:


And I manually select to boot from the USB key from this menu. Hope this helps.

On the other PC's I have successfully booted my Linux the USB is set as the first boot priority.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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Hi,

You really need to get into the BIOS to check the setup for the USB.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 03:33 PM   #5
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Thanks once again, I did access the bios finally and for some reason it listed my USB drive under hard drives, anyway I gave it boot priority and it now works like a charm!!!

Many thanks for the help!
 
  


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