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    FIC AD11 Motherboard won't boot USB drive


    I have created a bootable version of SystemRescueCD on a
    SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2GB flash drive and have used it to boot
    several machines. Unfortunately, it will not boot my FIC AD11
    motherboard based system. The Award BIOS have the following
    USB boot selections:

    USB-HDD
    USB-Floppy USB-CDROM
    USB-ZIP
    USB-FDD

    None of these settings recognize the Cruzer Micro. While the
    BIOS version is the original, updates subsequent to it do not
    mention anything about correcting a USB boot problem. Just
    as well, I really don't want to flash a new BIOS.

    As I mentioned above, I have used this device to boot other
    machines. One in particular is a rather cheap PcChips board
    which recognizes the USB drive if the boot BIOS setting is
    USB-RMD-FDD. Other than that difference, I don't see why
    my FIC AD11 will not work.

    If anyone has experience with this MB or has a suggestion
    to correct this, I would appreciate any input.
    Last edited by rhpos; August 23rd, 2008 at 08:10 AM. Reason: Correction
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    Thought somebody would have a suggestion, but apparently not. Finally found the
    right Google search term and discovered the solution. Apparently older Award BIOS
    don't boot USB devices with USB-HDD or USB-FDD unless thay are actual HD or floppy
    devices. However, the trick is to use USB-ZIP and format the flash drive as a Zip
    device.

    Thanks for all the help!

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