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Dell Dimension 4550 can't boot off of USB drive.



 
 
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Old July 2nd 08, 10:22 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware
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Default Dell Dimension 4550 can't boot off of USB drive.


I created boot floppy on my SanDisk Cruzer 1G USB with the HP Drive
Key Boot Utility. It's an image of a regular 98se boot floppy from
bootdisk.com. It works on everything but my Dells. When I boot my Dell
Dimension 4550 it says

Disk I/O error
Replace the disk, and press any key

There is a setting called Hard-Disk Drive Sequence that says
1 USB Device
2 System BIOS boot devices

I have that set on 1


Then there is a Boot Sequence setting that has

1 IDE CD-ROM Device
2 Hard Disk Drive C:
3 Floppy device (not installed)


I've tried many permutatons of these settings and I still can't get it
to boot. I've flashed the newest BIOS A08 and still no joy.

I've downloaded PenDrive Linux and that boots fine.
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Old July 3rd 08, 01:34 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware
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Default Dell Dimension 4550 can't boot off of USB drive.

The Win 98 boot floppy image will not boot. Ever. I do not know how to make up
a bootable USB stick with the Win 98 stuff on it. There are how-tos out there
on the internet, but Micro$oft does not make it easy. Like PenLinux and other
live Linux distros do... Ben Myers

On Wed, 02 Jul 2008 17:22:27 -0400, wrote:


I created boot floppy on my SanDisk Cruzer 1G USB with the HP Drive
Key Boot Utility. It's an image of a regular 98se boot floppy from
bootdisk.com. It works on everything but my Dells. When I boot my Dell
Dimension 4550 it says

Disk I/O error
Replace the disk, and press any key

There is a setting called Hard-Disk Drive Sequence that says
1 USB Device
2 System BIOS boot devices

I have that set on 1


Then there is a Boot Sequence setting that has

1 IDE CD-ROM Device
2 Hard Disk Drive C:
3 Floppy device (not installed)


I've tried many permutatons of these settings and I still can't get it
to boot. I've flashed the newest BIOS A08 and still no joy.

I've downloaded PenDrive Linux and that boots fine.

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Old July 3rd 08, 04:13 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.dell,alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware
surajram
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Default Dell Dimension 4550 can't boot off of USB drive.

The Win98SE Boot disks dont have a USB driver in the bood disk itself.
So you wont be able to boot off a USB drive unless your motherboard
can be set to emulate a floppy drive using a USB drive (I've seen some
Asus m/bs do this).

I guess this is why it works on all your machines, but not on your
dell....


Maybe you can try installing grub or another bootloader and try.
 




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