can i boot from 2.0 usb pci card

August 16, 2009 at 00:45:45
Specs: Windows XP
i have a linux distro that i use on a usb flash drive. it works on the 1.1usb motherboard ok but is a bit slow. my bios wont pick up my 2.0 usb pci card. in windows the usb is drive E: can i write a bootdisk to run from one of my bios visible devices to switch to drive E: to boot my linux distro.

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August 16, 2009 at 13:41:16
The problem is the bios may or may not support add on cards as bootable.

Unless a bios update corrects that exactly then you would need to boot to another media and tell the distro to finish boot from usb.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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August 19, 2009 at 00:55:03
i've tried the ms dos startup disk, freedos and ntfs4dos but none of these seem to recognise the flash drive in the pci usb. i guess this is the sort of thing you were thinking. i haven't tried any linux yet, do you know of any text based linux that might fit the bill or will i have to disable gui's etc. i'm a bit of linux noob but willing to give it a go.

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