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    I have been trying for the last day to boot my machine to DOS from a bootable USB flash so I can run some diagnostic software. I have tried several varieties of programs to make the flash bootable. I have changed all three boot devices in the bios to USB-FDD and USB-CDR. It still boots Windows 7.

    Is it possible that my BIOS F8a will not actually boot from a USB device? If so, is F8b a solution?
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    Default Re: Boot from USB

    Which program are you using to create a bootable USB?
    The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool seems to be the most commonly used tool.
    Have you tried creating a bootable CD or DVD?
    When your system starts to post, press F12 continually every second and your should come to a boot device selection screen where you can manually select a boot device. You didn't say if you tried the USB-HDD setting.
    If you don't need your normal boot drive connected for your tests, temporarily disconnect it so you can't boot into win7.
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    Default Re: Boot from USB

    My suggestions didn't work with my P35-DS3L system, possibly because I used a 2GB micro usb in two different card readers.

    I'll try using a regular sized usb flash drive to see if it makes a difference.
    The problem might be with using cheaper flash drives with much slower performance compared with the more expensive faster performing drives.
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    Default Re: Boot from USB

    Thanks for your help. I appreciate you taking the time to try things out.

    I have just gone and made a bootable CD. Not where I wanted to be, but it gets me past the memory test for the new RAM. I wanted something easy to later to try things out.

    In keeping with the way things are going, I left the machine running overnight with Memtest running. But I powered off the monitor. It appears there is something in there that thinks it is smarter than I am, and made it impossible for the monitor to return to an active display screen when powered back on. So no test results. Argh.
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    Default Re: Boot from USB

    I've created many bootable USB sticks with the HP tool profJim mentioned above. it's not at all as easy as it should be. and it's been a few years but I remember I spent easily a month if not longer trying many different methods that had reported to work.

    Google it and you'll find a lot of information on how to use it. it is pretty simple once you've used it.

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