Solved IBM Netvista (8305) BIOS has no option to boot from USB

February 11, 2014 at 03:50:10
Specs: None, 512MB
My student computer club receives donated PCs from hospitals, etc. We refurbish and upgrade, generally install some Linux distribution and make them available to fellow students with financial difficulties. We recently were given 30 NetVista 8305 PCs with original hardware including USB ports, CD-ROM and 3.5 FDD. We prefer using USB sticks to load OS, but none of these allow for USB in the boot order. There is Removable, CD-ROM, IDE HDD, Network options. Expanding "Removable" will list "Floppy Drive"; no other choice.

Many of the systems have faulty CD-ROMs that we intended to troubleshoot and diagnose after Linux was installed.

The most common EPROM Rev. (according to BIOS) is 24KT55AUS. We are having difficulty discovering if a more updated revision exists and if it would allow for USB to be recognized as bootable media.

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February 11, 2014 at 06:39:50
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You may find the links below helpful. It appears that model was produced when Win98 was still a viable OS. So I doubt you will be able to boot to a USB stick.

Don’t you have an optical drive?

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