Booting from USB drives

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

Franklin Johnston(fpjohnston at, May 13, 2013 at 06:36:34AM -0700:
> On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM, Carl Lowenstein
> <carl.lowenstein at>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

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