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Booting USB Memtest help

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    Booting USB Memtest help


    Hi all,

    I'm trying to run MEMTEST86 to test some memory which I suspect is bad so I can RMA it. I have 2x kits of 8GB DDR3 memory. Since I put in the second kit my PC has randomly been rebooting with no onscreen errors. I took that 8GB kit out and now it doesn't reboot anymore. But in order to have it RMA'd Corsair requires me to provide Memtest results.

    Anyway, my PC doesn't have an optical drive so I have used memtest's USB Boot installer thing to create a bootable USB stick and plugged that in.

    I am running Windows 8 and an Asus P8Z77-M Pro motherboard.

    When I go in the BIOS the USB drive is detected there, it is a Lexar drive. If I set my boot order to be USB -> then my SSD it doesn't boot from the USB at all, it just goes straight to booting into Windows.

    If I just tap F8 whilst booting to manually choose what I want to boot from I see the Lexar USB stick in there but if I choose it I start to see that Windows 8 blue dot rotating loading thing, then it just freezes in place and nothing happens. Neither the USB or Windows boots at that point and I have to manually reboot the PC.

    Any help here guys? Thank you.

    Something of note in order to get Windows to boot normally I can't specifically choose my SSD as the boot device, I have to choose the uhh..I think it's called Windows Boot Loader or something like that in the BIOS.

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    Windows Boot Manager is always first boot device.

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    Is this ASUS a Windows 8 Pre-Installed?
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    No it's not pre-installed. I installed it myself from a previous Windows 7 installation. Meaning I had Windows 7 before, created a Windows 8 bootable USB from the Windows 8 "Upgrade" I purchased when Windows 8 first released and installed it from there after doing a clean format on the drive.
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    Is Secure Boot ENABLED or DISABLED?
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    I don't know what that is. Where can I find it?
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    You will find that in the BiosClick image for larger version
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    I tried to find it in my BIOS but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I looked at BIOS for P8Z77-V Pro which is similar board to mine and it's apparently under the Boot section, so I went there with mine but I don't see anything about Secure Boot there.

    I will try to find it on the net and then go check it. Would that stop this USB from booting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naossoan View Post
    I tried to find it in my BIOS but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I looked at BIOS for P8Z77-V Pro which is similar board to mine and it's apparently under the Boot section, so I went there with mine but I don't see anything about Secure Boot there.

    I will try to find it on the net and then go check it. Would that stop this USB from booting?
    If you have Secure Boot ENABLED, only bootable CD/DVD or USB software, which is signed by Microsoft will boot.
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    OK So I guess my BIOS was a fairly older version. I updated it to the newest version and there was then a Secure Boot settings in the Boot section of the BIOS. It was set to Windows UEFI whatever, so I set it to "Other OS" yet the USB stick still would not boot even when manually selecting it from the F8 menu during boot up...

    I ran the USB Installer from memtest's website so I don't think it's anything wrong I have done with the USB stick itself??

    What other options do I have? :\
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