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I cannot find if it's possible to boot from USB for a Dell Dimension 1100. I am trying to restore a computer and the CD Drive has failed, so my primary objective is to load Linux via USB so I don't have to buy an internal CD drive. The BIOS boot sequence has nothing in it about USB, but is it still possible? Thanks.

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  • rocsoundman Mar 26, 2011

    I'm online on my laptop/phone. This desktop is a side project of mine. Unfortunately, because my household is strictly laptop based, that won't work either, so I'm left with the option that I figured I would have to do (but hoped there would be a working alternative) in buying a drive.


    Although, now that I think about it, I could pull the hard drive, put it in an external enclosure and format/install Linux that way, and then stick it back in the desktop.

  • rocsoundman Mar 26, 2011

    Umm...the comment I posted disappeared, so I'll try to repost it as close as I can.

    I'm online because of my laptop, phone, and tablet; unfortunately, because of being a strictly laptop-based household, I can't try your other option either, but you did give me an idea for a work around until I buy a new CD/DVD drive.

    I can pull that hard drive out and put it into an external enclosure I have lying around, reformat it, and install Linux on it that way.

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If you go to dells website and flash your bios with the most recent version it should give you the usb option and make sure your usb stick has been format to become a bootable drive

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  • rocsoundman Mar 26, 2011

    How would you suggest I go about doing that since part of my restoration means that I'm having to work with an unformatted hard drive and no internet access on that tower.

  • brian shevack Mar 26, 2011

    how are you online now? i would download the bios update and unfortunatly take out your hd you have now and put it in the computer you are using as a secondary hd and install the bios that way. since usually flashing a bios would require you to use that exact computer. you can also spend 20 dollars and buy a new dvd drive (annoying i know) since and external wont help (no usb boot option)

  • brian shevack Mar 26, 2011

    glad i could help external enclosure was my next idea lol

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When you first turn on the pc press F12 then select the usb to boot from

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  • rocsoundman Mar 26, 2011

    I've already stated that the USB option is not part of the boot sequence within the BIOS.

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