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Re: unable to boot from USB drive

On Sat, Dec 23, 2006 at 02:43:43AM -0500, Kamaraju Kusumanchi wrote:
> I am using Dell Inspiron E1505. Currently it has Windows XP and I wanted to 
> install Debian Etch on it using the USB drive method.
> I downloaded boot.img.gz from 
> http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/installer-i386/rc1/images/hd-media/boot.img.gz 
> and gunzipped it on a debian Etch machine and transferred the boot.img to the 
> windows machine.
> I also downloaded 
> http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/etch_di_rc1/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso 
> directly on the windows machine.
> Next I transferred boot.img, debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso onto a USB drive. 
> Instructions on http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s04.html.en 
> say that these two files are sufficient to start the installation process. 
> However, I am unable to boot from the USB drive. I changed the boot sequence 
> in the Bios and chose it boot from the USB drive. But the system always boots 
> into windows and never boots from the USB drive.
> What am I missing here so that the machine boots from the USB drive and enable 
> me to install Debian?

Can you tell if the box is *trying* to boot from the usb stick? 

Assuming you followed the rest of those directions properly, did you
see the final chapter?, referencing the install of a mbr is
needed on the usb stick?


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