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Old 10-16-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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live boot from usb

I have a Acer Aspire one 11.6 and i was reading about being able to run the usb like a live disk to try it out. i down loaded UNR, ran the MD5sum numbers all matched loaded it onto usb with imagewriter now i have it all ready to go how do i get my netbook to live boot from usb?

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how do i get my netbook to live boot from usb
When the computer boots, press F2 or F12 or escape, or whatever key is needed to get into the BIOS
Set the BIOS to boot from USB
Plugin the USB, reboot
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When you start your computer you must make sure it tries to boot from your usb, rather than from your hard drive. You can try booting it with the usb inserted, if it boots (windows?) as normal, you have to enter BIOS.

Entering BIOS is done by pressing "delete", F10, F1, F12 or something like that (different computers uses different keys). Once you're in BIOS you can navigate with your arrow keys, to something like

advanced settings -> boot options -> primary boot device

This too looks slightly different on different computers, but the idea is to have the computer trying to boot from usb before hard drive. (Don't forget to save your settings in BIOS, don't just turn it off while done. This is also done in the menus somewhere.)

Once you have these settings correct, it should boot from your usb. If it doesn't there is probably something wrong with your live usb setup. I would recommend using a program like this:

to create your live usb.
Old 10-16-2009, 12:49 PM   #4
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On an Aspire One, it's F12 to select a boot device.


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