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Old 07-20-2006, 05:01 PM   #1
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How Do I Boot from Flash Drive

Im new to Linux and i cant figure out how to boot Linux from a usb flash drive and when i go to the boot, an error comes up and it boots XP. Do have to do something in BIOS?
Old 07-20-2006, 05:14 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

As a matter of fact, yes, you do have to set your BIOS first boot device to USB. Not all motherboard BIOSs support this feature, but most newer ones (less than 3 years) do.

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yes, change the boot order. the usb drive must be the first
Old 07-20-2006, 05:24 PM   #4
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Tried it

i tried swiching the boot order to Removable but it still booted XP
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I think that "Removable" refers to the floppy drive and the CDROM.
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I figured out how to boot from flash drive by refering to it as a HARD DRIVE. But when i boot it it displays an error message.
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Could be bios problem - my own pc wont boot usb stick if grub is the bootloader but will boot if syslinux is used, other pc boots anything. ie doesnt boot kanotix-mini which uses grub but will boot dsl which has syslinux. See this also
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Ah i got it, thanks Guys
Old 08-07-2006, 09:23 AM   #9
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Once I have sorted the BIOS issue, how do I actually transfer my grub to a usb disk so that I can boot off it?


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