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  1. #1

    [SOLVED] Failure to Boot from USB


    Hey guys, I’ve been at this for two days now, and can’t make any progress. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    First, the details:
    Target Machine:
    IBM (e)server, xSeries 306
    OS: Fedora 4
    Boot Order:
    1. CD...
    2. Removable Media
    3. SATA...
    USB Drive:
    adata 8GB
    Process:
    I used the prescribed live usb creator for windows to fill the usb drive. I’ve attempted to boot from the USB at least 4 times, once from each USB port on the box. No luck.
    There isn’t an option in the BIOS to select the specific boot device. I bring that up because my desktop does have that option, and using the BIOS’ “BOOT MENU”, I was able to boot from the USB and bring up the Fedora 14 Installation Menu, no problem.

    So, it works on the pc that’s on my desk (eMachine w/XP), but the IBM doesn’t even recognize it. Any ideas?

  2. #2
    Hit F12 during boot - is there a USB option? If not, try updating the BIOS.

    Code:
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5082851&brandind=5000008
    * If the machine doesn't support booting from USB, then there's nothing you can do.

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    Put your flashdrive in and see in your BIOS wether you have multiple harddisks. Flashdrives bigger than 512 MB very often are treated as harddisks, not removable Media. If so, you can probably choose which harddrive you prefer as the first one to boot from.
    Charles
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    well, this is embarrassing. While I was working on getting a BIOS update downloaded, a friend suggested that I give the CD installation of Fedora another try - but with a different burning software. Sure enough, that fixed it. I had tried roxio and sonic to create the discs, but after neither set of CD's would boot, I just moved on to the USB option.
    Now that I have v14 installed, I'm not really itching to dive back into why the USB wouldn't boot. If I do go back and figure it out I'll share what I learn from there.
    Thanks for the suggestions!

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