Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 08-23-2006, 05:59 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 340

Rep: Reputation: 30
boot from a USB CDROM

I want to boot from a USB CDROM.

The motherboard has 2 USB ports but the BIOS does not have any USB boot options.
The only boot options are LAN, Floppy, Hard Disk 1 2 3 and 4

I tried Smart Boot Manager but it does not see the USB CDROM.

Is there any other way to boot from the USB CDROM?
Maybe using some kind of boot floppy?
Old 08-23-2006, 06:36 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Distribution: Distribution: RHEL 5 with Pieces of this and that. Kernel, KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4.0 beta, Plu
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 65
Depending on the distro they may provide and img file like boot.img that you can create on a floppy to boot. But since these are much tighter configuration it may not support usb access.

Old 08-23-2006, 06:37 PM   #3
LQ Veteran
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Boise, ID
Distribution: Mint
Posts: 6,642

Rep: Reputation: 87
If your BIOS does not support booting from USB, you're probably out of luck. Perhaps there is some kind of obscure trick to start the boot process from the floppy, then load some drivers, etc, but from a practical standpoint, it would probably be more trouble than it's worth. Alternatively, if you've got a spare hard drive laying around, have you considered just installing Linux to it, and dual booting? Just an idea


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
Tip: boot usb / cdrom even if motherboard doesn't support it jago25_98 Linux - Software 0 04-29-2004 01:15 PM
can i use grub/lilo to boot an ext usb cdrom? jcoder24 Linux - General 0 02-18-2004 01:15 PM
can i use grub/lilo to boot an ext usb cdrom? jcoder24 Linux - Hardware 0 02-17-2004 08:28 AM
Boot cd from ext usb cdrom (not supported in bios) jcoder24 Linux - General 2 02-16-2004 01:35 PM
9.1 install, boot from cdrom, select source as cdrom, Can't find disk jake555 Slackware 1 10-30-2003 11:34 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:58 AM.

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