USB booting

By davbeck
Jun 3, 2007
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  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: 13,275   +280

    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 Newcomer, in training 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: 13,275   +280

    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 Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.