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Old 02-01-2018, 02:05 PM   #1
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USB boot option disappeared Dell Inspiron 530


I just started on this Linux journey a couple weeks ago. I've been live booting distros to see which one I like best, and works best on my desktop computer, a Dell Inspiron 530 (Intel Core 2 Quad). I live booted Elementary, Mint, and Antergos. I attempted Manjaro, but it would not boot, saying kernal needs to be installed first. Yesterday I live booted Ubuntu. This morning I wanted to live boot Ubuntu again to play with the gnome interface, but when I went into the F12 mode upon turning my computer on, the USB option was gone. It simply disappeared from the BIOS page. I tried rebooting several times. I tried loading a different distro (PCLinuxOS) onto the USB thumb drive... nothing. The USB boot option is gone. I went into the F2 menu, and it has removable device as the first option. I don't know what else to check or do. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help.
 
Old 02-01-2018, 02:31 PM   #2
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did you actually go inside of your BIOS and take a look?
its still booting an OS so system works in general still.?.
BIOS update out there got the latest one?
GOOD burn to USB Stick?
Properly set in USB Port?
Try a Different stick?
Usually is it does not see something to boot on the stick it will not give option, (let me check that one to make sure)
NOPE: blanked a USB Stick and mine still showed it to select it, hp 8460p though.
... that's all I can think of for right now.

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Old 02-01-2018, 02:47 PM   #3
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did you actually go inside of your BIOS and take a look?
its still booting an OS so system works in general still.?.
BIOS update out there got the latest one?
GOOD burn to USB Stick?
Properly set in USB Port?
Try a Different stick?
Usually is it does not see something to boot on the stick it will not give option, (let me check that one to make sure)
NOPE: blanked a USB Stick and mine still showed it to select it, hp 8460p though.
... that's all I can think of for right now.
If go inside BIOS, I checked the settings listed on the F2 page. Anything more complicated than that I have not done (or would know how to do).

The burn to the USB stick should be good as I live booted Ubuntu last night, and the checksum was correct.

I did not try a different stick. I don't have an extra on on hand. I would have to go buy a new one if it turns out that is the issue. It's a new one I bought just for distro live booting, 16 GB, but I have recycled it 5 times already with 5 different distros. Could it be worn out already?
 
Old 02-01-2018, 02:59 PM   #4
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naa don't go buying anything yet. BIOS should have at lest a boot order telling you whats available to use to boot with. sometimes turning it off pulling the battery and then replacing it then turning it back on again sometimes helps in strange cases such as this.

WHat OS do you have on it? WIndows look in their devices and see what it is telling you about your USB Ports.

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Old 02-01-2018, 03:08 PM   #5
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I have Vista on it.

I know, I know.... that's why I'm looking into Linux.

The battery -- is that little dime sized one? I replaced that about 6 months ago, so I know how to remove it and put it back in.

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Old 02-01-2018, 03:29 PM   #6
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I have Vista on it.

I know, I know.... that's why I'm looking into Linux.

The battery -- is that little dime sized one? I replaced that about 6 months ago, so I know how to remove it and put it back in.
it is a laptop yes? that big battery. maybe press the on button for like 15 sec to drain it's comos or how ever it is spelled, it is like a reset thing. then put your big battery in and tun it on to see what that does. vista should have a device hardware app in there somewhere in devices. showing the drivers to the hardware.
 
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No, its a desktop.
 
Old 02-01-2018, 03:38 PM   #8
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No, its a desktop.
mmmm flip it upside down... no.. just stopped showing usb ... USB Card in box? unplug and reset it.
 
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Usually a usb will show in bios if it has any chance to boot.

I tend to find it under hard drive order not removable device.
 
Old 02-01-2018, 08:33 PM   #10
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All I know is I was able to live boot from a USB stick for 3 days, then this morning my computer lost the ability to do that. The USB option disappeared from the F12 menu and I don’t understand why or know how to get it back.
 
Old 02-01-2018, 08:48 PM   #11
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reset your defaults in your BIOS. if your F keys give you a boot list option during boot then after reset defaults give it a try again, if it does not work then go back into your BIOS and find your option for boot order. then configure it for your USB if it shows up.
 
Old 02-02-2018, 12:38 PM   #12
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OK, I got it back. This is what I did if anyone else gets this problem. I reset the defaults in BIOS. At first, the USB option still did not show up, and also upon booting I got a notice that read "diskette drive 0 seek failure". I went into the F2 menu, went into Standard CMOS, went to Drive A and changed it to none (I had to do this 6 or so months ago when I changed the little dime sized battery, the same notice came up). When I rebooted again, the USB option was there in the F12 menu. I'm typing this now in a live boot of Ubuntu Mate. Thanks for your help.

PS- I also contacted Dell support about this. They haven't gotten back to me yet, but I'll see if they have a more detailed solution.

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Old 02-02-2018, 12:55 PM   #13
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OK, I got it back. This is what I did if anyone else gets this problem. I reset the defaults in BIOS. At first, the USB option still did not show up, and also upon booting I got a notice that read "diskette drive 0 seek failure". I went into the F2 menu, went into Standard CMOS, went to Drive A and changed it to none (I had to do this 6 or so months ago when I changed the little dime sized battery, the same notice came up). When I rebooted again, the USB option was there in the F12 menu. I'm typing this now in a live boot of Ubuntu Mate. Thanks for your help.

PS- I also contacted Dell support about this. They haven't gotten back to me yet, but I'll see if they have a more detailed solution.
yeah if you pull that little cosomos'mos battery it resets everything. looks like it was using a A drive old school stuff. yae' .. cool glad you got it running, maybe you're mental note it for when or if it happens again..
 
  


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