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Old 07-30-2005, 01:03 PM   #1
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Booting from a USB Stick


One computer I have is an old Pentium I 166 MHz. A while ago I increased the memory to 128 MBytes and added a USB PCI card (Dynex). The computer still has life in it. I would like to boot the machine from a USB memory stick. The BIOS supports booting from the hard disk, a floppy and a CDROM although I have never gotten it to boot from the CDROM. I have used the floppy and "Smart Boot Manager" to boot from the CDROM. However, this program does not support booting from a USB drive. Is there a program someone would recommend that can put on a floppy drive which will cause the computer to boot a mini Linux distro from USB memory stick? I tried booting "Puppy Linux" from the tool they have at their site, but this hangs the system.

Old 07-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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Well, chances are that you're going to need a BIOS that supports USB booting, or a 3rd party utility, like you said you have.
Unfortunately, I do not know of a utility that can allow you to boot from USB. Perhaps a through scouring of Google would help here?

But that "can't boot from CD-ROM" issue sounds interesting.
Maybe you have the same problem I had, and it was simply just a messed up jumper and cable setup? :P
Old 08-11-2005, 01:39 PM   #3
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I believe the Puppy site now offers a boot floppy solution to your problem. I cannot be sure that it will work for you, of course, but I read many mentions of such a disk in the course of trying to solve my own, different problem. Good luck.


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