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I want to boot from an USB thumb drive. I know it to work on another computer. I also want to boot from an external USB DVD drive. It works fine on another computer. In both cases I use Puppy Linux 5.1.1 But my Dell Optiflex Gx620 won't boot! The BIOS version is A06 from 02/20/06. I also want to boot from an external USB hard drive. I have not tested this yet. Any ideas? Best wishes Rolf

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Most modern mother board will boot from USB devices as long as the USB is included in the boot list of the BIOS and first in line regardless of OS.
Set your BIOS to boot from USB and off you go.

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    Good solutions above, I have been experimenting with puppy linux also. The bios upgrade might be a good idea, but on mine I went into bios, boot tab, " " to move it to first boot priority, F10 to save/exit. My bios didn't show USB but had "Removable Devices" in addition to CD and HD. Couldn't get USB to boot as a removable device, tried making bootable CF card and connecting to IDE with adapter, it never recognized. Had some problem with CD drive dropping out, found it required hd to be connected I think, if no cd drive, maybe put puppy on hd from other computer.

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Http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?s=dhs&c=us&l=en&cs=19&k=usb+boot&cat=sup&x=0&y=0

information on how to do it and also tell you if you need to upgrade the bios

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