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- May 2011
HELP REQUESTED: Cannot Get HP dv7 Laptop to Boot from USB
(originally posted at: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1738599
- however, issue remains unresolved)
- Prepared brand new Sandisk 4GB USB stick for use as Ubuntu Live USB distro
- Used Unetbootin to install the downloaded Ubuntu Minimal iso - went smoothly.
- Entered BIOS setup - arranged boot order so laptop would boot from USB first.
- Regardless of what I've attempt (and I've attempted a LOT) HP dv7 still refuses
to boot from the USB distro.
What I've Already Troubleshot:
1. Suspected Sandisk USB stick contained U3 code, preventing it from booting:
> Downloaded Sandisk's U3 Removal Tool to solve issue. Eventually discovered
this particular USB stick is not embedded with U3 code.
2. Rebooted & tapped F9 to call up Boot Manager. Sandisk USB is listed as a boot
option, so that's not the issue.
3. Used Windows Command Line to reformat USB stick a 2nd time -- just in case:
> DISKPART > LIST DISK > SELECT DISK 0 > CLEAN
> CREATE PRIMARY PARTITION
> LIST PARTITION > SELECT PARTITION 1 > ACTIVE
> FORMAT FS=FAT32
4. Repeated entire Unetbootin procedure -- again, installed distro without error.
5. Repeated Step 2 - HP dv7 laptop STILL claims no bootable device found.
6. Repeated Step 3 - this time formatting as FAT16. Did not help.
7. Also tried the above steps, plugging the USB stick into each of the available
USB ports on the laptop, to no avail...
(One Ubuntu forum member with an HP dv-# laptop had posted in the above
referenced thread that he was successful booting from a USB stick, using the
Last edited by EvilBellyLint; 05-02-2011 at 04:04 AM. Reason: added Addendum