Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 09-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2009
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
computer not booting from USB

my computer is not booting from usb.i've tried using a lot of softwares unetbootin,hp usb format toll etc but none of them seems to work. my bios supports booting from usb (it has USB-ZIP and USB-FDD options in boot menu,and have selected the proper boot order).i've also tried installing puppy linux onto a usb drive but my computer just ignores there any other option that i have to enable or is it bcoz that my pc doesnt support booting from usb.
Old 09-19-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 1,173
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 129Reputation: 129
Hi do you have anything installed in your USB device? What type of device is this? is boot flag turned on?
Old 09-19-2009, 02:01 PM   #3
Registered: Oct 2008
Location: Near Jakarta
Distribution: Slackware, Arch, Slax, Porteus, Tiny Core, Slitaz
Posts: 355
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 51
You need to enable 'USB Legacy Support' option in BIOS.

You might also want to lower value in 'USB Mass Storage Reset Delay' menu option, if any.
Old 09-19-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
Registered: Sep 2008
Location: Ioannina, Greece
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 332

Rep: Reputation: 55
USB-ZIP and USB-FDD works for usb zip drive and usb floppy disk drive. I don't think they work for usb flash disk. With the usb flash plugged in you should be able to see it under bios as USB-HDD under "hard disk boot priority" submenu.
Old 09-19-2009, 02:36 PM   #5
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Gordonsville-AKA Mayberry-Virginia
Distribution: PocketWriter/MinimalX
Posts: 5,087

Rep: Reputation: 338Reputation: 338Reputation: 338Reputation: 338
use plop bootmanager
download this: plpbt

and put it on hd somewhwree

do you have linux installed to hd with grub?
if so, edit your menu.lst as so

title Plop Bootmanager
root (hd?,?)
kernel /plpbt

I use it to boot my usbs on pc that wont boot usb
Old 09-20-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
Fred Caro
Registered: May 2007
Posts: 999

Rep: Reputation: 166Reputation: 166
boot usb

Don't leave the thing in when you reboot.


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
computer is not booting up n_rawat Linux - Newbie 2 03-17-2009 04:31 PM
Recent Debian installation not booting, computer stops with usb problmes. Knitter Debian 13 03-02-2006 11:16 AM
Having trouble booting computer from knoppix CD bluemandrin Linux - Newbie 10 04-16-2005 01:00 PM
Problems booting my computer LkNsngth Linux - Software 7 01-17-2005 07:34 PM
HELP! Computer stopped booting! snatale1 Linux - Hardware 1 04-25-2004 01:26 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 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
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration