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Laptop can't boot from USB


pritchard9
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Hi.

My Laptop is a rubbishy Dell Latitude.

I've been wanting to test some Linux distrobutions out for a while, because Im curious really.

Unfortunately, there is no option to boot from USB. Just CD drive (which is broken; waiting for replacement), floppy drive and HD.

Is there any way to enable the option to boot from USB?

Im guessing there isnt, but just to make sure.

Thanks,

Pritchardo92

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Well that setting has to be enabled through the bios, you might want to check and see that youre using the latest bios version. other than that i dont know what to tell you.

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HEY GUYS MAYBE HE SHOULD CHECK HIS BIOS AND SEE IF THERES AN UPDATE. THAT MIGHT WORK. IF NOT HE COULD ALWAYS CHECK HIS BIOS FOR A NEWER VERSION.

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Thanks for replies guys.

Sorry for lateness.

Yeah, thats a good point. Ill have a check to see if theres a newer BIOS version out.

Right now, mine is (from ReSysInfo)

< General BIOS Information >

Vendor : Unknown

Version : DELL - 27d4010c

Release Date : 01/12/04

'04... Jeez.

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im pretty sure you usb drive can boot anything. buy a new usb drive or go try your current one on another pc

you dont understand. if your bios version/motherboard does not support that boot function then it dosnt matter what type of usb device you use or how new it is, it simply wont work.

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  • 9 months later...

I have tried usb booting and updating bios on many C series and none of them support usb booting, hell a lot of them only give you 1 usb port and that is a usb1.1!! pretty crappy because 2.0 was readily available when Dell made the laptops.

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