Booting from USB drives

Wade Curry wade-ml-kplug at syntaxman.org
Mon May 13 11:33:18 PDT 2013


Franklin Johnston(fpjohnston at gmail.com)@Mon, May 13, 2013 at 06:36:34AM -0700:
> On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM, Carl Lowenstein
> <carl.lowenstein at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
> > What kind of computer are you trying to boot this on?  Does it by any
> > chance have the new-fangled UEFI rather than the long-lived BIOS?  Maybe
> > even with the Microsoft-inspired Secure Boot functionality?
> >
> > These are things you will have to work around.  There is a fair amount of
> > information available on the net, I don't have my notes in a readily
> > accessible place.
> >
> 
> Oh, sorry, I suppose I should have said. It's a Dell Latitude E6510. It
> says it's using a BIOS. There don't appear to be any security settings
> enabled.
> 
> So, just to make sure I didn't miss anything, when initializing the drive
> with *unetbootin* or the equivalent, there's nothing additional that needs
> to be done with the MBR?
> 

Obvious, but easily overlooked... have you checked the BIOS
settings for boot device options?  Make sure the USB is bootable,
and make sure it is checked before your hard disk/optical disc.

Wade Curry
syntaxman



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