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Agent_24
16-11-2009, 03:25 PM
Anyone know of one?

I just tried PLoP but it only does USB flash drives I think, not CD\DVD....

baabits
16-11-2009, 03:35 PM
Have you checked out Smart Boot Manager? Can't remember if it does USB though.. And I think BootItNG does everything as well

http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/about.html

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm

baabits
16-11-2009, 03:39 PM
Just googled and found this:

http://www.osloader.com/

Agent_24
16-11-2009, 04:02 PM
I have tried Smart Boot Manager before but I don't think it does USB

Those other two seem to need windows already installed to be able to work.

I want to be able to load the bootloader from a floppy or CD so I can access the USB DVD drive and install Server 2008...

baabits
16-11-2009, 04:07 PM
I have tried Smart Boot Manager before but I don't think it does USB

Those other two seem to need windows already installed to be able to work.

I want to be able to load the bootloader from a floppy or CD so I can access the USB DVD drive and install Server 2008...

BootITNG creates a floppy or CD from an Image, and you boot from that to install it.

wainuitech
16-11-2009, 04:18 PM
So you want to install Server server 2008 from a USB drive ??

If so, go to either a Vista or W7 PC Follow these instruction (http://kmwoley.com/blog/?p=345) - they are for W7 but work should work the same for Server 2008. I've done XP, Vista & W7 this way.

WARNING: If you do this method, make SURE you have the right drive number for the USB drive, I was in a hurry once and wiped the wrong drive OOPS! :o

Agent_24
16-11-2009, 04:49 PM
No, not a flash drive, the actual DVD but installed using a USB connected DVD drive (the computer doesn't have a DVD drive or USB DVD BIOS support) Athough it does have options for USB floppy and ZIP which don't work of course

baabits
16-11-2009, 05:03 PM
is there no BIOS update avaliable to give your PC a USB Boot feature?

baabits
16-11-2009, 05:07 PM
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmngrusblog.html

Looks like support isn't too far away huh?

Been googling but can't find any solutions, will keep looking

wainuitech
16-11-2009, 05:07 PM
Cripes must be an old Computer if it doesn't even support USB drives.

Take the side off the case and plug in a normal IDE DVD drive.

baabits
16-11-2009, 05:12 PM
or take a look at this article if your determined to do it with the external, you could install XP through USB Dos and build your way up from there... Look at the Cypress USB Mass Storage driver and see if it will fit on to a bootable floppy

http://www.stefanthoolen.nl/darkehorse/PC/DOS/Drivers/USB/

good luck!!

Agent_24
16-11-2009, 07:28 PM
Cripes must be an old Computer if it doesn't even support USB drives.

Take the side off the case and plug in a normal IDE DVD drive.

It's not very old, it's a Pentium 4 but while Asus put in support for USB ZIP drives (who the hell uses those?) they didn't support USB DVD for some reason.

At least I couldn't see anything and nothing worked anyway.

Funny enough though I have an even older Intel board, Socket 370 which boots from that same USB DVD just fine.


Yeah, I ended up just attaching an IDE drive temporarily....