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May 31, 2012 6:08:52 AM

Yes i bought a gateway E4100 its bios is Intel/AMI BIOS and i dont know if it has the ability to boot from USB cause i have Lubuntu 12.04 on my USB and wanna install it when it gets here form the person who shipped it....just trying to be ahead of myself so i know to buy burning cd's or not!

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May 31, 2012 9:22:45 PM

Try going into BIOS and looking at the boot sequence. If the USB is bootable it should be in the boot sequence. Or you can google the support page for your PC - but sometimes it's hard to find a statement that you can't do something.
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May 31, 2012 10:02:24 PM

Did you follow the instructions on how to make the usb stick a bootable device? If you did then the computer should see it as just another hard drive and you will be able to boot from it.
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June 1, 2012 10:34:55 PM

inzone said:
Did you follow the instructions on how to make the usb stick a bootable device? If you did then the computer should see it as just another hard drive and you will be able to boot from it.


Hi Inzone, older PCs do not have the support to boot from a USB drive. Most (all?) newer PCs can. IDE drives and SAS drives and SATA drives do not really look the same to the BIOS, the operating system makes them seem the same to the user.
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June 1, 2012 11:24:38 PM

The thing I was refering to was a process that makes the usb stick become bootable like a regular hard drive and then to the bios it looks just like a hard drive. Once you have created a bootable usb stick it looks to the OS like a Pendrive.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-...
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June 2, 2012 1:52:13 AM

inzone said:
The thing I was refering to was a process that makes the usb stick become bootable like a regular hard drive and then to the bios it looks just like a hard drive. Once you have created a bootable usb stick it looks to the OS like a Pendrive.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-...


yes, understood. But if the BIOS doesn't have support for booting off USB then you cannot use a USB device as a boot drive. That's true even if the USB drive is build correctly and will boot in other PCs.
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