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spaarks
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Won't boot from USB

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My hard drive appears to be faulty, and I want to run Linux from a USB drive, so that I can retrieve my files.

I have set up the (American Megatrends) BIOS as follows:

Secure Boot Config:

Legacy support  -  Enabled

Secure Boot  -  Disabled.

F10

Boot Order:

UEFI Boot Sources  -  Disabled

Legacy Boot Sources:

USB Floppy/CD

F10

Save changes and Exit

 

When I boot I get SMART Hard Disk Error, and HP diagnostics.

But I don't want to use the Hard Disk for startup, I want to use the USB.

 

The USB contains Linux Mint Live ISO and works on other machine.

 

 

 

 

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There should be an entry for USB (without the Floppy/CD) if the flash drive is actually bootable and inserted in a USB port.

Try that approach.

Did the other PC actually boot to the USB flash drive and run Linux Mint Live?


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Interesting that you were able to make the setup in the BIOS and not continue with the boot options.

Here is a trick I use when things try to interfere with boot options.

 Start tapping the Esc key BEFORE starting the PC and then press the start button.
Keep tapping the Esc key until a popup menu shows. Then pick Set Up from that popup menu, F9.
If the USB is bootable, it will show in the menu.  Make the USB the first item and then save.

It should then boot from the Linux Mint Live. BTW: you are doing the best way I would recommend, when asked - just make sure there is media attached IE: external hard drive or BIG capacity USB drive to hold the files that are being saved from the failed hard drive.

Post back if additional help is needed.


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That doesn't work for me.

The ESC key gets me into the BIOS setup OK, and I am able to change varuious settings.

Disable Fast Start.

I set Secure Boot Config to Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot.

Boot Order to Leagcy Boot Sources > USB Floppy/CD.

 

Set my settings to Default.

Save and Exit.

 

It seems the BIOS is customized for HP computer.

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There should be an entry for USB (without the Floppy/CD) if the flash drive is actually bootable and inserted in a USB port.

Try that approach.

Did the other PC actually boot to the USB flash drive and run Linux Mint Live?


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Yes I agree, the actual USB drive should show up - but it doesn't.

The other computer booted the same USB stick into Live LM.

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spaarks
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Looks like one of my USB slots is defective (it was OK yesterday!).

Now the USB Drive comes up in BOOT ORDER under Hard Drive and Live LM boots up when I set it to first place.

 

 

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Thanks for your help.

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Glad to hear it is sorted out and working.

Good that I was able to help.


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Do you by chance know how to get the secure boot disabled so that I can enable the legacy boot ? I can not boot from secure with the USB and it is not letting me change it in BIOS? At a loss here. Any help would be so appreciated! 

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how did you get the Legacy boot enabled? I need to disable the Secure boot and enable the secure boot but it will not allow me too? I am trying to boot with a USB not floppy? 

 

Thank you! 

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