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Booting from USB flash drive?

Discussion in 'HP & Compaq' started by orev, Jun 19, 2007.

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  1. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    Has anyone successfully booted a dvx500 or dvx000 from a USB flash drive? I've tried a few of the options, and I can't get them to work. Any tips from someone who's actually done it?
     
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    Format the UFD using the tool found here: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/serveroptions/us/download/20306.html and specify "Create a DOS startup disk" "using DOS system files located at:" and supply (at minimum) the boot files IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM.
    You could further include dos config files to add dvd-rom drivers etc. I believe there is also a different floppy image option for NTFS support boot but have not investigated it yet.

    The dos option works for me on both pavilion machines (dv6233 & dv9220).
     
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    what exactly does this do and why would you do it?? Please explain!
     
  4. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    I looked at that tool, and it was asking for DOS files to put on the disk. I actually was hoping to get linux or something booted of a flash drive, so the DOS disk doesn't help that much :(. I tried a few of the USB boot options, but none worked on some of the popular usb/flash linux distros.
     
  5. booyoo

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    well if its linux what you want, then get the utility found here: http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/23839.html
    When you select the option "Hard Drive - Format Drive Key as a fixed disk, mapping it to drive C: under DOS" it will write a SYSLINUX mbr+bootloader on the flash drive followed by an option to install vmlinuz.
    You can stop after the first stage and work it out from there using syslinux.cfg...
    More info on that you can find here: http://syslinux.zytor.com/
     
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