How to Boot Asus Eee PC Netbook from USB Flash Drive

Describes two ways to boot an Asus Eee PC Netbook from a USB flash drive.

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We are going to boot an Asus Eee PC Netbook from a USB flash drive.

The flash drive is a 16GB USB 3.0 drive from In this video, I will demonstrate two methods. In the first method, we will use the boot device menu to select the USB drive for a one-time boot. In the second method, we will setup the computer to always boot from the USB drive when it is connected to the computer.

The first method is best when borrowing a friend's computer or using a public computer in a hotel or Internet cafe. The second method is better for configuring your own computer to boot from a flash drive.

To start the first method, we insert the USB drive in any available USB slot and the power on the computer.

Now we need to press the Esc key several times as it powers up. This will tell the computer to display the boot device menu.

From the boot device menu, we select the "USB: Patriot Memory" entry. Patriot Memory is the hardware manufacturer of this USB drive..

As soon as we press enter, the computer begins loading the distro list from the USB drive.
Once the distro list is displayed, we can use the arrow keys again to select the distro or software that we wish to boot. This USB drive contains several gaming distros.

Now that we have the distro list booted and running, this concludes the one-time boot via the boot device menu. We can power down now and move on to method two.

The second method prepares your computer to always boot from the inserted USB drive. If the USB drive is not inserted, the computer will boot from the internal hard drive as usual.

To start method two, we can leave the USB drive attached and power on and use the
F2 key to enter the BIOS setup.

Now we need to change the boot priority so that the USB drive is preferred over the internal hard drive. This will allow us to boot from the USB drive by simply inserting the flash drive and powering up the netbook.

First we use the right arrow key to move to the "Boot" screen.

Then we use the down arrow key to move to the "Hard Disk Drives" entry and press enter to select.

Then we use the down arrow key to move to the "USB: Patriot Memory".

Now use the "+" key to move it to the top priority.

Finally, we press F10 and the Enter to save the setting and exit the BIOS.

The computer will immediately begin the boot process and this time it will automatically boot from the USB drive without using the boot device menu.

Now we can select a distro and from the menu and boot it from the USB drive. We will select the live.linux-gamers distro and watch it boot up.

Please note that the keys used in this video are specific for this computer model. To learn which keys are right for your computer, please visit and refer to our USB Flash Boot Guide.

Now we can play any of the games listed at the bottom of the screen.

If you have any questions about booting from USB flash drives, please visit our forums at

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I watched this video hoping to get a solution to my problem, but alas, the PC I'm using is one of a new generation of PC's using UEFI. The manufacturers, Microsoft, and Intel, are hell bent on raming Windows down our throats. After going thru all the intructions found on several sites on booting this particular unit from USB, all I get is the menu to boot from the USB. However when I choose to boot from the USB it doesn't boot. It's as if it does not see a boot partition on the USB drive. Instead it takes right back to UEFI, or if the Windows Boot Manager is enabled, it boot that! I'm a stuck? will I have to get a legacy machine just to be able to boot from whatever I want? HELP!

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Same here. Seems no legacy boot support.Bios updated to v 212 but nothing has changed. I don't know why it does that. however i managed to boot from an ubuntu usb stick several time and got the ssd formatted using it because there was a windows 10 installed which wasn't booting. now i am stuck too. can't install windows on it using FAT or UEFI usb sticks. any help please leave me a message


had the same problem. Used RUFUS to create MBR for UEFI ( windows 8.1 32b)
after that came problems with keyboard and mousepad.
used DriverEasy ( you can crack) and now everythings is ok.


Bro just disable secure boot and install winodws using rufus remember to select mbr partition for uefi during using rufus usage then you r ready to go u can see the option for booting from usb


i am in the same boat. this x205ta refusing to boot from an usb devices. it takes back you to the boot menu or usb. however i can boot into my ubuntu usb.

My problem was i have a customer laptop with bitlocker enabled. while i was messing with device i deleted secure boot keys from bios therefore windows refused to boot. i need to reintall windows 8. It didn't work. while i was browsing the web i found a shell.efi file which i put in the ubuntu usb then went to bios and choose efi shell boot option. this gave me an opportunity to boot from my ubuntu usb. i then formatted the bitlocker enabled drive with hoping that while there was nothing to boot the machine might be able to boot from uefi enabled windows 8 usb stick.

didn't work.

Now the ubuntu is installing but i don't understand why i can't boot into usb uefi stick. i can see that stick under boot menu but it does not work!

The famous CSM . Legacy boot option is not exist in the bios under any menu.

A web site saying this device is not supporting legacy boot too. i don't know if that related to my uefi boot problem. I also updated the bios to the lates 212 version but no change.

help me please

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I tried disabling secure boot, and I keep USB Controller in EHCI mode. but can't find usb boot option in boot priority list. I tried my bootable pendrive in other computer, and it works just fine. but only in this asus x205ta. pls, give me any clue if have. thanks

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Sounds like everyone is having the same problem with this computer. I'm trying to install a new image from the usb. I have been working on this project for 2 days. Hope someone finds the answer quick.

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Hi Joe,

Late answer to your quesiton, I'm afraid...
Managed to find out that NTFS formatted USB keys are apparently not recognized by BIOS.
I tried forcing format to FAT32 and now it is appearing.

Hope this helps you.

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Has this been resolved? If not I believe I know what the problem is but don't want to repost duplicate info. Let me know the status asap please.

The trick is bootia32.efi

The x205t is an odd duck in that it needs to boot in 32 bit mode, but then it operates in 64 bits. So, be sure the EFI/BOOT directory on the USB (and the ultimately installed os) have the bootia32.efi as well as the 64 bit boot files.

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