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SD Card Boot

Postby AlanD » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:16 pm

Mary,

I presume you used some sort of a USB boot option in your BIOS Boot
Sequence setting. Do you remember which one?

Assuming I get past that hurdle, what did you have to do to make the
card bootable?

thanks

AlanD

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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby mjnelson99 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:30 am

I have 3 USB options in my bios including USB HD. Since I
don't have a USB HD that one is lower.

Not sure which one allows booting the SD card since I have 2
above HD. Play with the USB settings in your bios.

Makedisk.exe itself will create a bootable SD. Maybe other
types of cards will be bootable. I have only used SD.

What is weird is that the external card reader is now
reading my cards as locked while the internal one does not,
as it should be.

Next time I won't get a Micro SD with adapter.

Will also be looking into a different card reader soon.
Mary

On 1/8/2012 7:16 PM, AlanD wrote:
> Mary,
>
> I presume you used some sort of a USB boot option in your BIOS Boot
> Sequence setting. Do you remember which one?
>
> Assuming I get past that hurdle, what did you have to do to make the
> card bootable?
>
> thanks
>
> AlanD
>
>
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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby AlanD » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:54 am

On 2012-01-09 9:30 AM, mjnelson99 wrote:
> I have 3 USB options in my bios including USB HD. Since I
> don't have a USB HD that one is lower.
>
> Not sure which one allows booting the SD card since I have 2
> above HD. Play with the USB settings in your bios.
>
> Makedisk.exe itself will create a bootable SD. Maybe other
> types of cards will be bootable. I have only used SD.
>
> What is weird is that the external card reader is now
> reading my cards as locked while the internal one does not,
> as it should be.
>
> Next time I won't get a Micro SD with adapter.
>
> Will also be looking into a different card reader soon.
> Mary
>
> On 1/8/2012 7:16 PM, AlanD wrote:
>> Mary,
>>
>> I presume you used some sort of a USB boot option in your BIOS Boot
>> Sequence setting. Do you remember which one?
>>
>> Assuming I get past that hurdle, what did you have to do to make the
>> card bootable?
>>
>> thanks
>>
>> AlanD
>>
>>
>
Thanks for inputs, Mary. I'll play around with it.

AlanD
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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby mjnelson99 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:59 pm

Alan,
I have replaced my card reader and the new one will not
boot. I can format a disk in that reader though. I also got
a small Kingston SD and MicroSD and it won't boot either.

If I boot using the older reader I can access the new reader
from IFL Networking. I created an image earlier today to an
8 GB SD card. I again validated it using the Kingston reader
and it did validate. IFD cannot see those devices.

I got an additional USB hub and the reader that will boot on
the original hub won't boot attached to that one. That
reader can still read even if it cannot write and is the
only one I can currently use for booting SD cards.

It is possible at least some of the readers in the newer
computers can format and boot. I don't have a newer computer
to test.

It looks like testing on your own system with its various
equipment is the only way to tell. You can always just
format the card and use it for other things.
Mary


On 1/9/2012 8:54 AM, AlanD wrote:
> On 2012-01-09 9:30 AM, mjnelson99 wrote:
>> I have 3 USB options in my bios including USB HD. Since I
>> don't have a USB HD that one is lower.
>>
>> Not sure which one allows booting the SD card since I have 2
>> above HD. Play with the USB settings in your bios.
>>
>> Makedisk.exe itself will create a bootable SD. Maybe other
>> types of cards will be bootable. I have only used SD.
>>
>> What is weird is that the external card reader is now
>> reading my cards as locked while the internal one does not,
>> as it should be.
>>
>> Next time I won't get a Micro SD with adapter.
>>
>> Will also be looking into a different card reader soon.
>> Mary
>>
>> On 1/8/2012 7:16 PM, AlanD wrote:
>>> Mary,
>>>
>>> I presume you used some sort of a USB boot option in your BIOS Boot
>>> Sequence setting. Do you remember which one?
>>>
>>> Assuming I get past that hurdle, what did you have to do to make the
>>> card bootable?
>>>
>>> thanks
>>>
>>> AlanD
>>>
>>>
>>
> Thanks for inputs, Mary. I'll play around with it.
>
> AlanD
>
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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby DrTeeth » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:24 pm

Hi,

I have always been able to boot this PC with a card in a USB adaptor.
I have one of those multi card readers attached to a USB header on my
m/b. Today, I did some testing and it looks like I can boot any memory
card that I have*. A hotkey during the BIOS text brings up a boot menu
and my card is always listed.

* Discovered during some Linux installs. Flash drives (and I assume
cards) have to be formatted in plain FAT 16 or one gets strange boot
problems. I have not found a way to format sticks/cards > 4GB to FAT16
so have to resort to DVDs.
--

Cheers

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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby mjnelson99 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:20 pm

The SD card I have with IFD on it is only 128 MB. That card
will boot in a reader that now won't write because it thinks
the card is locked when it is not, but will not boot on a
new multi reader I recently purchased.

I have IFL on a 512 MB card and the same holds true there.

A smaller Kingston reader that only does SD and Micro SD
won't also boot.

The system hangs if there is even a card in the 2 new
reader/writers when booting.

It just dawned on me that I can try putting USB HD above HD
and find out what it will do. I did one test and it was
hanging but I don't remember what card I used.

May try a different brand of reader since I don't have
access to my USB floppy and IFL networking won't fit on one
anyway.

If push comes to shove, I can burn a CD with either IFD or
IFL on it since I can access both new readers once it is booted.

I may get a different type of card just to test if the
original reader can use that.

Good point about > 4 GB cards. Can they be partitioned like
a HD? You probably already tried that and I am curious now.
Mary

On 1/21/2012 5:24 PM, DrTeeth wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have always been able to boot this PC with a card in a USB adaptor.
> I have one of those multi card readers attached to a USB header on my
> m/b. Today, I did some testing and it looks like I can boot any memory
> card that I have*. A hotkey during the BIOS text brings up a boot menu
> and my card is always listed.
>
> * Discovered during some Linux installs. Flash drives (and I assume
> cards) have to be formatted in plain FAT 16 or one gets strange boot
> problems. I have not found a way to format sticks/cards> 4GB to FAT16
> so have to resort to DVDs.
> --
>
> Cheers
>
> DrT
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> our lives; but we can always choose to dance
> in the puddles (Jewish proverb).
>
>
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Re: SD Card Boot

Postby DrTeeth » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:26 am

On Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:20:03 PST, just as I was about to take a herb,
mjnelson99 disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>Good point about > 4 GB cards. Can they be partitioned like
>a HD? You probably already tried that and I am curious now.

Hi Mary,

As I have a 4GB card, I have to say I did not bother to try it.

I have just run a few quick tests. Windows computer management (on Win
7 x64) will not repartition a flash drive, but BIBM will if it is
present during boot so it is detected. This just worked on my netbook,
but not tested it on anything else.

Some VERY strange issues (whilst trying to install Linux distros) were
cured by using FAT16 over FAT32.
--

Cheers

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