WIN XP Boot From USB Stick??

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  1. dazzer

    dazzer Read Only Funster

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    Can anyone tell me what changes i need to make to a laptop running Windows XP to make it boot up from a USB stick running Linux for a software application i want to try??

    I belive i need to make some changes to the BIOS but have no idea how to do this but i can get into the BIOS by pressing the F2 key at startup.

    As always, thanks in advance :thumb:

    Oh yes and how do i find out the MAC code for the built in wifi card?? Its not on the back of it anywhere
     
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    Hi Dazzer,

    You need to ensure the Laptop Boot sequence has the usb device listed as the first one the Lappy accesses.

    What Laptop is it?

    If you run ipconfig /all from the command prompt it'll give you the ip address allocated to all the network interfaces and the physical address (MAC) of the device.

    To run ipconfig go to Start/Run and type in cmd to bring up a DOS session.
    At the flashing cursor type ipconfig /all.(There's a deliberate space between the ipconfig and the /all)

    Here's a sample ipconfig pic.

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    F2 is my route into Bios. However have just had a look into mine and the only options available to me is
    Diskette,
    CD Drive
    or
    Hard Drive.
    Not much help is it.
     
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    Hi when I type in ipconfig the dos box flashes up on screen, and then disappears, any ideas how to stop this?

    Olley
     
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    There should be somewhere in the BIOS that allows you to enable the USB at start up, ie before Windows loads.

    Phil.
     
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    Sounds like you're typing it straight into the RUN box at the bottom of the screen Olley.I've just tried it.

    Type in cmd in the Run Box.The dos box should then be on the screen.Then type in ipconfig /all.:thumb:
     
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    Hi AD, cheers, got it now. :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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    The laptop is a Samsung Q1 Ultra tablet pc running XP.

    It is at home so i will have a look at the BIOS thingy when i get home.

    Thanks for the info though :thumb::Wink:
     
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    Hi AD

    Thanks for that ive now found the MAC address and it connects to my wireless network at home :thumb:

    I still cant seem to get it to start up from the usb stick though but i have managed to find the boot up page. It reads like this

    Boot priority order:
    USB CDROM: Not Installed
    IDE HDD: Toshiba MK4009GAL
    USB KEY:Not Installed
    USB HDD: Not Installed
    PCI BEV:Broadcom MBA

    Excluded from boot order:
    USB ZIP:Not Installed
    USB LS120:Not Installed

    Any ideas what I need to be changing to make it boot up from the USB mem stick??:cry: Cos this lot above is all Greek to me :Eeek::Rofl1:

    Thanks :thumb:
     
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    Did you check USB support at boot up is enabled? I think it is often called legacy support.

    Phil.
     
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    So that's what legacy support means:Doh: seen it loads of times and often wondered:Wacko:
    Geo
     
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    Hi Dazzer,

    Move the usb key to the top of the boot list.

    Then boot the PC with the memory stick in the usb port.

    Steve.:BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Steve (or should i say font of all puter knowledge :Rofl1::Wink::Blush:)

    Done that and it still boots up into windows although the USB stick does flash when it boots up. I have made the stick bootable and there are no other files on it other than the files needed to run the program....any other suggestions??? :thumb:
     
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    Hi Dazzer

    Is there any particular reason you want to boot in Linux? Have you considered running Linux in Windows?

    There are a few ways to do this, have a look at andlinux.org
     
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    Yes,

    Ust partition magic to split the Hard disk into 2 partitions and make the PC Dual Booting (Load the linux install on the second partition.)

    It keeps it all clean then in case you decide to uninstall.

    You have got Partitionmagic....Haven't you? PM me otherwise.:Wink:

    Sounds like you've got the right boot options but not a bootable version of linux on the stick.Is it the installation files you've got on it?Just a thought.

    Does it access the usbstick BEFORE any cd/dvd,floppy or hard disk drive?

    BTW What "flavour" of Linux are you using?Assuming it's open source.

    Steve.
     
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    Hi Steve

    Ive sent you an email :thumb:
     
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    Hi Dazzer,

    I have the files and am going to try tonight to sort this.

    We've just moved as a company and B+++++ BT haven't fitted the lines yet so I'm on a Web 'n' walk mobile stick attached by 4 usb extension cables running outside.:Rofl1:

    Steve.
     
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    Legacy support really includes support for older hardware, hence the "legacy" bit, ie its OLD in computer terms. Any older equipment which has gradually been replaced by newer technology is referred to as "legacy" equipment and new computers that support the older stuff are said to provide "legacy support." :RollEyes: All makes a great deal of sense, of course:RollEyes:
     
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