Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Oct. 12 2004,17:13
The following computers have successfully booted using a Sandisk Micro 128MB USB device that was formatted using the Dell Memory Key utility to first boot FreeDOS and then launch DSL via the DOS "loadlin program":
Dell Poweredge 400SC (OEM version of the Intel 875PZD motherboard).
Dell Optiplex GX260 with latest BIOS (A05?) the original A02 BIOS did NOT boot properly from USB.
Dell Optiplex GX270 with default (fairly recent) BIOS
Important notes worth mentioning:
"Hard-Disk Drive Sequence"
1 USB Device
2 System BIOS Boot Devices
3 Hard Drive
"USB Keyboard emulation"
Unplug any other USB mass storage devices besides your desired boot device (extra external USB CDRW or external USB hard drive).
If your USB device light does not turn ON by the time the POST progress bar reaches 100%, your boot will fail. Sometimes you can give it a second attempt by quickly pressing CTL-ALT-DEL and your computer will reboot and the USB device will light up sooner and then it will boot properly from the USB device.