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Greetings all, (originally posted at: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1738599 - however, issue remains unresolved) Brief Overview: Prepared brand new Sandisk 4GB USB stick for use as Ubuntu Live USB distro Used Unetbootin to ...
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    Exclamation HELP REQUESTED: Cannot Get HP dv7 Laptop to Boot from USB


    Greetings all,

    (originally posted at: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1738599
    - however, issue remains unresolved)



    Brief Overview:

    • 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
    > ASSIGN

    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.


    ADDENDUM:

    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
    same procedures.)



    HELP?



    EBL
    Last edited by EvilBellyLint; 05-02-2011 at 05:04 AM. Reason: added Addendum

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