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Problem booting a Dell from USB

 
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leke
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:16 pm    Post subject: Problem booting a Dell from USB Reply with quote

Hi, I got given a Dell AMD64 today and wanted to USB boot a couple of distros on it.
I prepared the disk as FAT32 with the boot flag and used UNetbootin to set up the live OS.
I can boot into the Unetbootin menu screen, but after selecting an option, the boot returns to the power on boot screen.
In my bios I noticed the usb stick is recognised as usb-zip. The other ones are usb-fdd and usb-device -- but these are not showing a connection to the usb stick.
Finally, the drive boots fine on another PC, so I don't think it's an issue with the USB distro.

Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it have secure boot if so is it enabled in the BIOS?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lok1950 wrote:
Does it have secure boot if so is it enabled in the BIOS?

Enjoy the Choice Smile

I guess not as it's a older machine: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-optiplex-740-athlon/4505-3118_7-32146056.html
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience of a machine which showed those options for the usb device is that it probably wont boot directly from the stick.
If you had the stick set up to mimic a fdd (cf bootable CDs) it might work - I never tried that.
There is a work-around which involves creating a special CD to boot from, but this tends to work only on the one PC and may not be an option available to you.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But this is booting from the stick, it displays the unetbootin menu. Unetbootin is not 100% reliable, which distros are you trying to load and do they have their own USB booting systems?

Some distros now provide hybrid ISOs that can be copied ot a USB device with dd as well as burned to a disc. Others have their own way of creating a bootable USB stick, like Ubuntu's startup disk creator.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wanted to make this one a media-center and have ISOs of the following...

XBMCbuntu http://xbmc.org/download/
GeeXbox http://www.geexbox.org/
OpenELEC http://openelec.tv/ (which has it's own live boot but didn't work either): http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=HOW-TO:Installing_OpenELEC/Creating_The_Install_Key

Perhaps I should try some alternatives to unetbootin. I'll check out this other ubuntu option.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again I've misread - have to be more careful!

What about Multiboot - I've done multiple boots successfully (don't say this is the one you tried)
with it
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dandnsmith wrote:
Again I've misread - have to be more careful!

What about Multiboot - I've done multiple boots successfully (don't say this is the one you tried)
with it


I didn't know about Multi-boot, but just before I read this, I managed to use the Ubuntu Start-up disk creator to get XBMCbuntu to boot and install. I'll try it out with geeXbox anyway.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The work-around for the problem with unetbootin was to manually add mem=1G to the command line.
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