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The nuts and bolts => Non-Linux Technical => Topic started by: ComputerLitterateNoob on July 02, 2009, 07:33:31 pm

Title: bios update [solved]
Post by: ComputerLitterateNoob on July 02, 2009, 07:33:31 pm
I have an old laptop and the bios only supports booting from hd floppy and cd.  I want to be able to boot from the usb since my flash drive is larger than my hd however I cannot find any support from the manufacturer for this computer.  I have tried searching through google and yahoo, but no luck there.  It's a Tangent model #979 with phoenix bios if anyone knows of a site that provides updates please let me know
Title: Re: bios update
Post by: M0E-lnx on July 02, 2009, 08:17:34 pm
Does not look like anything is out there.

Not even a whole lot of information about it
Title: Re: bios update
Post by: ComputerLitterateNoob on July 02, 2009, 08:27:54 pm
would it be possible to install on the flash drive then have lilo on the hd point to it, or does lilo just not have usb support
Title: Re: bios update
Post by: retired1af on July 03, 2009, 05:20:43 am
You should be able to point to the flash drive via LILO. Flash support wouldn't be dependent upon LILO, but rather the system itself.
Title: Re: bios update
Post by: nightflier on July 03, 2009, 09:12:18 am
If you can boot from a floppy, try Smart Boot Manager: http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/about.html

Don't know if it will be able to boot your USB device, but I have successfully used it on many systems to force CD boot.
Title: Re: bios update
Post by: ComputerLitterateNoob on July 03, 2009, 10:11:22 pm
It turns out vlinstaller does support the usb install and boot as long as your not installing from an iso on that drive, forgot that I had to do that because of questionable performance from the cdrom
Title: Re: bios update [solved]
Post by: Daniel on July 10, 2009, 07:01:34 pm
I believe you can use any VL installation cd to boot to HD or USB. Boot from the cd and when the screen comes up that says "Press enter to begin the installation of <vl version>" or something like that, type at the prompt: "linux root /dev/sda1 ro" without the quotes and where /dev/sda1 is the path to your usb device.