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  1. #21


    Not clear how we got there will it then load option 1 or try advanced

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  2. #22


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Ok so I tried booting then using option 1 and got this error on a black screen:

    "Error no boot disk has been detected or is damaged"

    Then I restarted again tapping the F10 key... selected the USB drive again with that file that you had me download and then proceeded to boot again from the USB.... Got same error message again.
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  3. #23


    It's not booting the USB did you use suitable software to write the file to the USB if you don't write it with the right software it won't work or boot a ISO is a CD image
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  4. #24


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    I just simply copied that file to the USB drive from my Mac. Maybe I should completely erase that USB and reformat it... then copy that boot file back to it and then try booting again. It did seem to work the first time.
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  5. #25


    It must be written by software to get the boot files not just copied or it won't work
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  6. #26


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Oh. Ok so I have this file you had me download "pwfree91-x86.iso" copied to a USB drive but you are saying that I must have it "written" to the USB drive, correct? If this is the case, how to I "write" it to the USB drive to get the boot files?
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  7. #27


    It seems to be a pain in the but to do this on a mac but this software seems to do it link near bottom for mac Express Burn Free Burning Software for CDs/DVDs/Blu-Rays
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  8. #28


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Ok so I used this utility to write the USB drive: UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

    I then installed the USB drive into PC and restarted pressing the F10 to reset Boot order to the USB harddrive. Then clicked save and it started to boot and I saw the USB drive flashing its little light so it looks like it was trying to read it, but I got same error:

    "Error no boot disk has been detected or is damaged"
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  9. #29


    Its not booting right on the download page for the software there is a 64 bit version try that ideally it want creating on a windows pc its so much simpler
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  10. #30


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Ok got it... The 64 bit seemed to work. So here is the screen shot after the boot completed. Now what?
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