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brian
HP Pavillion g7 will not boot from flash drive

Submitted by Josh Massey

I have multiple Linux Distros and antivirus tools installed on a "bootable" flash drive. When I insert it into my laptop, I am forced to select USB Floppy Drive for it to even attempt to boot. At that point, it shows a text only screen that says SYSLINUX Copyright blah blah blah. It just sits with a blinking cursor at that point and never goes onward. The same flash drive is capable of booting and installing Linux Distros on other laptops as well as very old desktop computers. Is there any way at all that I can get this darn thing to boot correctly?

brian
Format Compatibility

Hi Josh,

> I am forced to select USB Floppy Drive for it to even attempt to boot.

I think this is the cruxt of the problem. You should be able to boot from the "USB Diskette on Key/USB Hard Disk". It may be necessary to plug in your flash drive and the boot into BIOS using Esc and then the F10 key. Then navigate to System Configuration--Boot Options. There you can arrow down and enable/disable various devices using the F5 and F6 keys. Save those settings and reboot. Hopefully at that point the system will recognize your USB flash drive as a USB hard drive.

> it shows a text only screen that says SYSLINUX Copyright blah blah blah.
> It just sits with a blinking cursor at that point and never goes onward

From a technical perspective, it seems that the phase one boot loader is failing to find, load and launch the phase two boot loader. However, I believe this is due to the fact that your flash drive is formatted as a UBS hard drive and not as a USB floppy drive.

Good luck with your HP Pavilion!

Brian

John424
Similar problem with WinXP, but probably software related

May I ask a related question? - I am also using a HP Pavilion. I installed Windows XP on a USB drive. After copying the Windows files to the USB drive, on the first reboot required by the installation program (and every time since then), when attempting to boot from the USB drive, a message "Media Error" appears and the system does not boot.

I have before installed and booted FreeDOS successfully on that USB drive, so I know that in principle booting is possible from that device. BIOS recognizes it correctly as "USB Hard Disk."

brian
media error

When you get "media error", the most likely cause is the boot sector and/or partition are not recognized properly by your BIOS. Just because the BIOS found a mass storage device on the USB bus, does not mean that the device is properly formatted as a boot device. There might be a bad sector on your USB drive, but that is less likely the problem.

Are you able to boot WinXP from the USB drive on a different system? If so, then there is some type of compatibility issue with your BIOS and the way the USB drive is formatted or partitioned. If not, then you may have a hardware failure of the USB drive itself.

Also, you might want to reinstall FreeDOS on the USB drive and see if that still works.

Of course, there is also the option if installing WinXP on a different USB drive.

Good Luck!

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