Can anyone tell me if I can boot directly from a USB in Windows XP SP2, P4 computer? It has a D915GAV motherboard.
At start up, I hit Delete key (none of the F keys would work) and got into the BIOS. From the Boot tab, I could not see USB anywhere as an option in the boot order.
I saw it listed as USB [disabled] and I enable it, but it is still not an item in the boot priority list. I have 2 optical drives but one is stuck and won't open and the other, as soon as any kind of CD/DVD is inserted, it shuts the computer down. Can anyone say why it shuts down like this. It never used to happen.
Any way to figure out the USB booting priority?
Edit: I should add that these boot options are enabled -don't know what they mean to not being able to USB boot though.
Silent Boot, Rapid Boot, Scan User Flash Area, -all enabled
PXE Boot to LAN -disabled, USB Boot - disabled but I enabled it.
Depend on kind of USB device. USB ODD - should work (prefer to ones with an external power supply), USB flash - may work, may not, try with 2Gb or smaller flash drive formatted to FAT. BIOS should detect USB device first, only after that is will be available in Boot tab.
Your MB may have a damaged (shortened) ICH chip, so no USB ports works at all, and some SATA ports also may not work. That was a popular motherboards disaster of that times.
Sounds like one of the ODDs has failed completely and the other is intermittent. Whether it is the second ODD or something on the motherboard that is failing cannot be determined from the supplied information. Let's be practical here; the system is 11 year-old technology. There is a very high likelihood that solder connections are oxidized and starting to fail (if not outright failing already) and connector pins are losing their rigidity (spring) and connections are beginning to be intermittent (if not outright failing already). It's time to retire this puppy and replace it with something newer...
I can still use USBs for reading and writing -just cannot boot from them. Other than taking the computer somewhere (the manufacturer is no longer in business) anyway to check to be sure if it is a damaged chip?
+N. Scott Pearson:
The other thing that's happening is both DVDW/CDR drives shuts down the computer whenever I inserted some types of disks in either tray -pretty much any disk that has been 'copied' -I installed a USB wifi adapter yesterday and the CD for installing the software worked fine and the adapter worked fine as well.
I know it's old but I like Windows XP and was hoping to continue using it or even with Linux. I'd like to try to save it if it can be saved.
I wanted to add an update / edit but that option isn't in Actions list (anymore?) Anyway. . .
Just wanted to say, I was able to boot from the USB with a workaround involving RawWrite and PLoP and my floppy drive -very cool stuff. I am happily running Linux Lite right now. Until it's last dead transistor, I'll enjoy this machine. Thanks to you all for responding to my questions. Your experience teaches me wisdom .
Create Bootable USB Drive
if no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to setup Windows 7 / 8 from USB drive!
Configuring the BIOS