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Bios not recognising USB Devices

No usb devices working.
XP reports usb mice & flash drives as unknown devices when booted in Linux same thing.
My bios Phoenix NoteBios 4.0 release 6.1 06/06/2007 was able to boot from usb flash drives and depending on what make usb drive it appeared under HDD or FDD. legacy USB is enabled

Motherboard shows up as a ATI Bonefish with
ATI IPX 450 SB450
North Bridge ATI RS400 / RC400 / RC410

CPU Intel Core Duo T2250 533mhz socket 479 fsb 2gb ram DDR2 3x usb ports
Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel
Marked on motherboard it shows Hannstar J MV-4 94V-0 0716
model Sahara AL-096 Sahara purchased in SouthAfrica 15.4 lcd
Bios reports as Phoenix Bios Q3B71
also shows sub system as Quanta Computer Inc

this looks very similar to some Avent laptops in UK.

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If device manager shows a conflict on the resources tab of ati smbus I\O range then the mobo is faulty and there is no fix other than a new mobo

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The only thing i can suggest is that should try and update your BIOS.. Check your manufacturers website and see if there is a BIOS update avaible for your computer

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I don't think this is possible. Still we can work on this.

Even I am verymuch Intersted with these kind of issues. I haven't tried installing XP on USB flash drive. But I installed the XP on USB harddrive and it worked.

We can try this with your co-operation. To boot with the USB devices, first your computer or laptop should have the option to boot with the USB devices. You can check in BIOS, under BOOT order for this option.

If USB boot option is not there, then you cannot boot with the Flash drive, not only flash drive all USB devices. They will work only after booting into Windows.

Comming to installation procedure, installtion is same as installing the XP on harddrive. While installing the XP, at partition page, you can see the USB flash drive, select it and continue the installtion.

If your computer has the option to boot with the USB devices and if the flash drive won't boot into Windows after installtion, then we have to set Flash drive as Active partition from Disk Management, and then we can try. In Disk Management, right click on the USB drive and select set active partition. If it won't allow to set the USb flash drive as active, then it is not possible to install XP on flash drive.

Even I googled everywhere on how to do this, but not information.
Try that and let me know the status. But I am sure, it is possible on Pocket drivers or USB harddrives.

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