USB booting

By davbeck
Jun 3, 2007
  1. OK so I have Knoppix installed on a USB flash drive. It is working fine when I get it to boot.
    The problem is that many computers (older) cannot boot or have trouble booting from a usb drive.
    So heres what I was thinking might work, have a small boot loader on a floppy or mini CD that would then boot the flash drive. Would that work? If a computer doesn't support booting flash drives anyway could a boot loader do it?

    If so how. I am slightly familiar with GRUB and anything else I would need guidance on.

    Thanks in advanced.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    Knoppix 5.1 will boot directly from the CD and thus has no problem with old
    BIOS' which will not boot from USB. Saved my b** more than once.
  3. davbeck

    davbeck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I want to boot from a usb because it is customized to my personal liking and because its a bit faster.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    then you need to find an update to your BIOS that supports USB devices.

    otherwise, you're up a creek w/o a paddle :(
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

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