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TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
I've recently swapped PCs for my everyday use.
My old PC, an HP Slimline would boot up from a USB Flash drive, or even a SD Memory Card. No problems.

But, my new PC, an Acer X-1200 will not boot from anything but the hard drive or CD drive. When I try to boot up with a Flash Drive, I get a message telling me "No bootable media found" (or some such).
I've tried one FD that boots into a Windows shell, and one that Boot into DOS, , , no difference. I've even tried using different USB ports, , , no difference.

In the BIOS, I've given the PC permission to boot from "Removable Media". Have I missed something?

The only program that I run where I need to boot up with some 'Removable Media' is my backup program, "Ghost". And I can easily run it from a CD, it's just that using a Flash Drive is quicker and easier.

Just for the record, , , I use my USB ports every day, so I know they work.

Any suggestions would be helpful.
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
I found several fixes on the web, but they all involved Windows, and I knew the problem was in the BIOS, not Windows.

So, I went back in to the BIOS, and started poking around.
I finally found a very well hidden place where I could specify what type of removable drive I wanted to boot from.
It's pretty specific, so I wound up setting it so it would boot up from my DOS-Boot "Ghost" Flash Drive. The FD is formatted as Fat32 and then Ghost and several other DOS utilities were manually added.
Finally, after several hours, and many boot attempts, I was able to boot up my little PC from my DOS-boot FD and run Ghost.
The only drawback left was that my USB WiFi Mouse did not work.
So I found my old PS2 mouse and plugged it in to the PS2-Mouse port on the back of the PC and VOILA, now I have a mouse in Ghost.
I can run the program from the keyboard, but it's so much handier to use a mouse.

So, I guess I can call this topic, "Solved"

Y'all have a great day now, Y'hear?
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
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