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    Default Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    Hey,

    I've got Snow Leopard on a 8GB Medion Flash USB Drive and I'm suppose to boot from it, however! When I plug it in and press F12 to enter the multi-boot menu, I select HDD, then I have more than 1 option, one of them is my hard disk drive, the other is my usb stick, "USB HDD", as I remember. So, I go to click it and it brings me to the screen with the serial bus options, then a bit lower down it says something like USB Storage Device .... High Speed 2.X" - I think. Then right under that is a red block, about half an inch wide and high. And it just sits there, doing nothing. I've not waited more than 5 minutes, each time. I've been into my BIOS settings and enabled "USB Storage Devices", but I couldn't find Legacy USB storage detect, for some reason. I instantly thought it was my BIOS as I could boot from the USB device on my brother's laptop. I went to the Gigabyte website and downloaded the BIOS F6d version, once again - no success. I've got no idea what to do, I've tried everything, I've put the USB drive in all of the ports, both rear and front and still nothing.

    My specs are :
    Motherboard : Gigabyte : EP41-UD3L
    Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Ram :4096 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)
    HDD : 1TB


    Any help on fixing this would be really appreciated.
    Thanks,
    -g.
    Last edited by g-man455; 01-20-2010 at 02:32 AM.

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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    A Mac OS on a usb in a PC? I never tried this. These instructions may be helpfull. Scroll down to:
    Making a Bootable USB Flash Drive
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/
    Last edited by artdrivers; 01-20-2010 at 06:27 AM.
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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    Thanks for the answer, but it's all fixed, cheers.

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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    And the fix would be.....?

    It is always handy if the answer to an issue is posted so someone else with the same problem can find the resolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg View Post
    And the fix would be.....?

    It is always handy if the answer to an issue is posted so someone else with the same problem can find the resolution.
    very easy to follow the link on post 2

    but 4 the lazy :
    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Making a Bootable USB Flash Drive

    FlashSPI mentioned above as being included on the USB stick is only necessary when flashing via DOS.
    It is not needed when using Qflash


    *NOTE*

    Your USB drive will be formatted During this process, all Data on it will be lost!!

    So copy or Move any Data on your USB stick you need to keep for now, you may add it back later if you like


    1. Make a USB bootable drive using this USB Bootable USB Creation Program "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8" >>>
    USB Boot drive (HPUSBFW)

    Also Available here as a Installable File >>>
    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool | Peripherals Download | PC World

    Or
    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 Download - EXTREME Overclocking

    2. Next download the boot files and extract them to your desktop

    3. Run the HPUSBFW program.



    Select the correct USB device from the drop-down menu, set file system to FAT32/16/12 and check Create a DOS startup disk.

    4. Then browse for the extracted boot files (now in the folder on your desktop from above extraction) and press start to begin formating it.

    5. Once the device is done, download the BIOS file from the Gigabyte website for your board model and revision as well as the DOS based BIOS flashing tool which is included inside downloaded BIOS .exe files from Gigabyte.

    6. You will need Winrar to extract these files from the downloaded .exe file. Download Winrar Trial from the below link (Scroll down to Winrar 3.71 and download)
    WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files

    7. Install Winrar and right click the BIOS.exe file and choose extract "here". Three files will be extracted, Autoexec.bat, Flash895.exe, and a .Fxx Bios File. You will need the Flash895.exe and the BIOS.Fxx File only

    8. Place Flash895.exe and the BIOS .Fxx file onto the USB stick

    9. Plug in your USB drive and reboot to enter bios.

    10. Load Optimized Defaults, set the ram voltage to the specified Voltage for your ram

    11. Go into the Hard Disk Boot Priority Option In Advanced BIOS Features Page and select your USB drive as the first bootable drive.

    12. Reboot.

    13. Once it boots to the USB, you will see a Windows 98 screen, and then the DOS prompt.

    14. Run flash utility by typing "flash895 p35ds4.fxx" without the quotes at the DOS prompt

    *NOTE*
    You will need to change the ^^ p35ds4.fxx ^^ in the above command to the exact name of the BIOS file you have.
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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg View Post
    And the fix would be.....?

    It is always handy if the answer to an issue is posted so someone else with the same problem can find the resolution.
    Enable on-chip, Set the floppy to drive "A", set HPET to 64-bit, make sure "No-execute memory" is enabled and it should work.

    I can post pictures of my BIOS settings if you like.

    Quote Originally Posted by qwertylesh View Post
    very easy to follow the link on post 2

    but 4 the lazy :
    Not to be rude or anything - but did you even read what the problem is ?? The BIOS isn't reading the USB key.

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    I have to admit that i didn't read it thoroughly.

    then again, I didnt know that you'd have to change so many settings in any circumstance to get any USB device booting, I thought all you ever needed to do was enable USB mass storage function and press F8 during post.
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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    Oh good! I am glad you got it g-man455. So you just needed to change settings in BIOS. Then the USB flash drive already had a bootable OS. I see! Well Done!
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    Thanks for the info g-man455. I wasn't meaning to come off as rude to you. Sorry if it sounded that way ... just figured the answer might come in handy for future readers of the thread who may find themselves in the same situation.

    As for you qwertylesh: I read the post and was curious as to the resolution. Laziness played no part in the issue on my part.
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    Default Re: Problem booting from a flash USB drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg View Post
    Thanks for the info g-man455. I wasn't meaning to come off as rude to you. Sorry if it sounded that way ... just figured the answer might come in handy for future readers of the thread who may find themselves in the same situation.

    As for you qwertylesh: I read the post and was curious as to the resolution. Laziness played no part in the issue on my part.
    Nooo, no, don't worry, it's all fine. Check the thread a bit lower down, I posted pictures of my current BIOS settings.
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