A7A266-E Is USB boot possible?

Asus / A7a266-e
April 15, 2009 at 08:28:56
Specs: Linux i686
I've trawled every forum I can find looking for the answers...

Is it possible to boot from USB Pen drive on an Asus A7A266-E motherboard? The BIOS 1012 doesn't seem to support it... wondering if there is another BIOS which would allow it? Trying to create a diskless machine booting from Linux on a 2GB pen drive.

Backup plan is a Transcend 2Gb IDE Flash module - but not as cheap or easy!

Many thanks in anticipation.


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April 15, 2009 at 09:41:46
Pretty outdated board. How about booting off a live CD & mounting the thumbdrive for storage needs?

"The BIOS 1012 doesn't seem to support it..."

There is a beta BIOS 1013 available but there's no description of what updates or changes it includes

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April 15, 2009 at 12:00:20
Cheers Jam,

Agreed - a pretty old piece of kit! I'm just trying to make use of an old machine for a 'mobile' demonstration: would be great to keep it solid state and save the physical space too.

From the BIOS page on Asus's website it didn't seem to suggest that 1013 would add much useful. :(

Fairly new to the PC hardware world - so not really understanding if it is a limitation of the motherboard (there seems to be power to the USB system from power-up) or 'just' the BIOS - and whether it is worth the time/headache/aggravation of trying to sort this through re-BIOSing or just go for the Flash IDE module...



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April 15, 2009 at 13:06:25
Maybe you can find a cheap socket A board that supports all the rest of your hardware plus has the ability to boot from USB?

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