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    how to boot from a usb drive when....

    how to boot from a usb drive when.... the laptop does not support booting from a usb device?

    basically ive just got a fairly old celly 366 laptop that im planning on using as a extra folding machine and for downloads etc. now the problems is that the lappy did not come with the hard drive connection cable and it aint a n easy 1 to get hold of so i was planning on using a usb harddrive i just dont know how to actually boot from that drive? loading windows onto it is fine but how do i then get it to boot from it when the lappy doesnt support usb booting, is there and special floppy or cd i can use to load and then boot the usb drive?

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    there is a way to get usb stuff to work in dos.

    i think www.bootdisk.com has a disk thazt contains usb drivers.
    Not sure if it will work but it might be worht a shot

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    A Celly 366 may be marginal for returning folding WUs within the time limit. I'd check if I were you, shame to waste the power running it if your WUs don't actually get accepted.

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    i wonder if you could chain-load an os using a GRUB floppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    i wonder if you could chain-load an os using a GRUB floppy
    you WHAT? You talkin riddles my man.,....explain pls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33
    you WHAT? You talkin riddles my man.,....explain pls!
    GRUB - GRand Unified Bootloader. It's used by Linux as a bootloader usually, but it lets you boot lots of other things too.

    Directhex is wondering if you could install GRUB to a floppy disk, load that, and then find the USB drive and get the system to chainload it (basically, start loading that OS instead.)

    He might be onto something, but I still think BIOS support will be key here.
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