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Old 05-13-2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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Accessing USB when diabled in the BIOS

This is a bit of a long shot, but I have a very stupid problem:

I'm trying to get a computer to boot from an external hard drive, well at least access it from linux. This works with no problems, but if I have the drive connected when the computer boots it hangs at POST.
I need to be able to switch the machine on and off remotely but of course that's no good because I'd have to physically go to it, disconnect the drive, restart, and connect it again.

If I disable USB in the BIOS it boots but unsurprisingly I can't access the drive.

SO.. is there any way at all that I can somehow enable/access USB devices with Linux when it is disabled in the BIOS? I don't care how complicated or difficult it is, I can give it a go

I've been fiddling around with it myself but its almost impossible because with USB disabled, I have no PS/2 keyboard other than a half-broken one that makes it essentially impossible to do anything other than select an OS to boot. So basically I need to know what I have to do beforehand :/

thanks ALOT for any help, I hate this machine..
Old 05-13-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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Does the motherboard support boot from USB?
If so then my thought is maybe USB is check first before the harddrive in the boot sequence. If so make sure the harddrive is the first device and usb afterwards.

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The motherboard supports booting from USB. Unfortunately it hangs in POST whether its set to boot from USB or not so I can't just have it boot from something else like a floppy and then continue loading from the USB drive.


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