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    Question GA-EP45-UD3R - boot from Flash Drive - solved - different process from other boards

    Hi - luckily i am not having any major probs with my new GA-EP45-UD3R setup (dual channel OCZ 2x2GB operation is fine) -

    but i cannot boot from a couple of USB flash drives (one win98 sys files, the other Ubuntu 8.1) .

    this is my 1st Giga board, i don't see a "flash drive" option , i do see "USB HDD" as an option - which i have put 1st in the boot order - but i cannot boot from a flash drive (I can boot to CD b4 the HD).

    i have installed the latest (F4) BIOS.

    should there be another boot selection / option that I'm missing?

    thanks for any info
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    did you enable legacy USB ??? and also .. set the USB as priority before harddrive

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by godto View Post
    did you enable legacy USB ??? and also .. set the USB as priority before harddrive
    yes Legacy USB is enabled & the priorities are: USB HDD, CDROM, HD .

    i have never had an issue booting from a flash drive on many PC's (work and home) until now.

    can anyone confirm that "USB HDD" is the correct selection for Giga boards (maybe the UD3R has an issue since it's a new board?).

    thanks

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    your and my board is about the same ... i have ep45-ud3p ...
    but under option choose device .. there is USB-FDD , USB-zip , USB HDD ... do you have that ???

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    You do not need USB Set as first device at all. What you do is be sure legacy USB storage detect is enabled, and leave your USB Stick plugged in and reboot. Then at boot hit F12 to choose boot device, choose HDD/Hard drive and on the next screen you will find your USB stick listed as a option choose it and you will boot right to it

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    Default boot from USB Flash Drive option - not present

    Quote Originally Posted by godto View Post
    your and my board is about the same ... i have ep45-ud3p ...
    but under option choose device .. there is USB-FDD , USB-zip , USB HDD ... do you have that ???
    godto: yes i have "USB-FDD , USB-zip , USB HDD" as well as USB-CDROM as boot selections - but not "USB Flash Drive" as an option (as I have used on many other boards <MSI, Intel>).

    I chose USB Floppy & USB HDD (not that I expected them to work) at boot (F12 to choose boot device) - as expected no booting from the flash drive took place.

    I'm really surprised that there is NOT an option to boot from a USB Flash Drive in the Gigabyte board's BIOS (especially at this date / time <age> - boards for the past couple of years have had this as a standard feature).

    That's why I thought I was missing out on the boot from flash drive option (or that the UD3R's BIOS hasn't been refined yet).

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    Like I said, choose Hard drive at the F12 boot screen then as long as you have your USB Stick plugged in when you reboot and Legacy USB Enabled you will see your USB Stick on the next screen after you choose hard drive.


    Boot device order or priority page has nothing to do with this.

    You will see your USB stick by name or by actual chips name on the USB Device.

    Are you still having a issue? I can post image for you if you like

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Like I said, choose Hard drive at the F12 boot screen then as long as you have your USB Stick plugged in when you reboot and Legacy USB Enabled you will see your USB Stick on the next screen after you choose hard drive.


    Boot device order or priority page has nothing to do with this.

    You will see your USB stick by name or by actual chips name on the USB Device.

    Are you still having a issue? I can post image for you if you like

    Problem solved - I did as you said - ran my persistent Ubuntu 8.10 x64 install (which worked well with the p45 based Giga board btw, all drivers were fine <AHCI, realtek 8111c etc.).

    I have never had to go thru the above process (your suggestion) in order to boot from a flash drive - it's always been an option in the BIOS or the flash drive would always appear when choosing a boot device (F12) - strange to have to choose the HD, then the mass storage device - but at least it works, maybe the flash drive option will simply be added to tbe boot devices in future BIOS updates (kinda cooler just to have your boot media in place and the board to automatically know to boot from that device - from the order chosen in the BIOS setup (i.e. - if a bootable flash drive is placed, it will auto boot to that device).

    Thanks for your suggestion - I'm all good to go now (funny - had no probs with other issues like running my OCZ 1066 memory in Dual Channel mode right away using all default / auto settings <two 2GB sticks in slots 1&3 - was stuck in single channel mode after following the manual's instructions to use slots 1&2 but found the correct info here - seeing so many people not able to boot at all, especially with OCZ mem had me worried but all is well - plus with no voltage mods i'm up to 3.4GHz simply by raising the FSB to 357, running cool too with Xigmatek HSF.

    So far I'm happy with my new update - though my e4300 at 3.4GHz on a 650i board - really seems about the same as this so far - hopefully when encoding DVD's the new speed will be apparent - hoping to get near 4.0GHz. Still have to get used to the Intel drivers / chipset - for instance I can't see that DMA and / or NCQ is enabled via device manager as I have done for years with NForce based boards, just will have to do a little research.

    Have burned DVD's just fine with my Optiarc 7200-s (AHCI slipstreamed XP install, 7200-s hooked up to Intel sata port #2 , AHCI, native enabled) - that was something i was going to be worried about - no probs though - finally can get rid of everything IDE (burner).

    One issue - my 9800GT and the built-in Realtek NIC are both sharing the same IRQ - that's something I may have to post about on here if I can't get it sorted out on my own.

    thanks again, nice board.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R - cannot boot from USB Flash Drive

    Nice to see you got it. It is listed as USB-HDD and you can put that as first boot device and I think you would still have to choose HDD then usb by name.

    Ya, not sure why it is like that, But I know that is the only way I get it to work. I think maybe they do that on purpose, because like some other boards/systems if you leave your USB Stick in it will always boot to that. Like a Dell does and often has people lost as to why they cannot boot their PC

    You have to install your system with AHCI drivers and AHCI enabled to use NCQ, if you did not know. If you did that and just havent found where you see it at then ignore me! HAHA

    I think those are fine with the same IRQ, but if you hit Control + F1 on the main page of the BIOS the screen will flash and then go into your PnP/PCI page of the BIOS you will find manual IRQ controls

    Post back anytime if you need some help, I am always happy to try

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    You have to install your system with AHCI drivers and AHCI enabled to use NCQ, if you did not know. If you did that and just havent found where you see it at then ignore me! HAHA

    I think those are fine with the same IRQ, but if you hit Control + F1 on the main page of the BIOS the screen will flash and then go into your PnP/PCI page of the BIOS you will find manual IRQ controls

    Post back anytime if you need some help, I am always happy to try
    Lsdmeasap, Yes I slipstreamed XP install (nlite) with latest intel drivers (annoying to wait for the countdown at bootup for ahci, but that's ok) - I just don't know where it "see" the current status of all drives (NCQ enabled for instance) - with NForce boards, under device manager, you choose the controller and you will see the SATA Ports, on each Port if you click you will see the drive on that port and it's status.

    In device manager with the Intel IHC10R SATA controller item - there's no info (no tabs with the Ports listed as with the equivalent item for the NForce boards). Is there a utility that will show the status of each drive (on each port of the IHC10R SATA controller) ? I didn't install the Intel Storage Manager deal yet (just the driver <slipstreamed at XP install>) - perhaps that will show the info (I"m not using RAID, just AHCI mode, so I figured I didn't need the storage manager app, guess I'll check it out).

    I just set this new system up a couple of days ago.

    Thanks for the info on manually setting IRQ resources - I was about to search around the BIOS for that info. No probs with the built in NIC and 9800GT sharing the same IRQ (3D Mark runs fine, no probs) - but I'd just feel better it they weren't sharing the same IRQ - I always go overboard and try to have everything as "perfect" / clean as possible (lots of free IRQ's, so the sharing bothers me).

    Thanks again.

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