how to boot from usb when there's no such an option in BIOS

May 26, 2017 at 06:39:32
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium M/ 1 GB
My old vaio laptop (vaio VGN-S58GP) has an out of order optical drive so for any OS installation I need to turn to a bootable usb flash memory but the thing is there is no option in its BIOS even after upgrading it (Ver. R0103V0). It is a fairly adequate enough machine (a Pentium M with 1GB of RAM) for my requirement and its Xp OS has lived up to my expectation so far. But now I need to replace it with a linux sort of kind like lubuntu that got me stuck at a very beginning of the process.
Any Idea or trick will be very appreciated.

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May 26, 2017 at 07:40:11
See if this works - connect your USB flash drive, restart the laptop, tap the F11 key.

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May 26, 2017 at 12:48:22

may be of help - from the Sony support area...

and another link

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May 26, 2017 at 16:40:25
There's the PloP method of booting from USB when the bios won't allow it. Check my # 19 here:

But with or without an OS on it, the computer is pretty much useless without a working optical drive.

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May 27, 2017 at 04:42:10
You may be able to find a replacement optical drive on Ebay or some other site selling old or recycled computer parts, it will be really cheap I am sure.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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