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How To Boot From USB And CDROM Without BIOS Support

I have written about creating bootable USB disk using free software, but it is of no use if the motherboard or BIOS does not support USB booting, if you are stuck in a situation where BIOS does not support booting from USB or CD-ROM, free boot-manager PLoP would be the best solution for the problem, the easy to use boot manager can work with your existing boot-loader and even without the need to install on hard-disk.

USB Booting


PLoP Boot Manager
can launch from floppy, CD, network or existing boot manager like LILO, GRUB, Windows boot menu and DOS, once launched you can use PLoP to boot from USB and CD-ROM even if BIOS does not support these options.

To use PLoP from existing Windows Boot Manager on Windows 2K, XP and VISTA, Download PLoP Boot Manager and follow the procedure described inside the zip file or at the official website here.

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Good tip.

You saved my day, thanks

Got the boot floppy to work with Fedora 11 via usb boot :)

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and I love you. this will help with my pII laptop, thanks.

Thanks so much, this helps a lot on old machines

Nice work guys...........
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Thanks for the cool tip I will try it out A.S.A.P

Thanks for the cool tip I will try it out A.S.A.P

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Got the boot floppy to work with Fedora 11 via usb boot :)

it supports oly for ntfs
what to do for fat32

Format usb to ntfs, to make usb bootable ( there is guide in google to do so) when your done just reformat your usb abck to fat32

Now can USB boot my PII.

Just FANTASTIC !!! thanx indeed

u simply revitalized my machine.... :) thanks a lot..

how can i run plop without using loging in windows os,and cd rom

Very nice find... thanks for sharing!

Sadly, PLoP won't boot a USB CD/DVD drive though.

this software don't work i have damage to cd but these option not show only black screen show then window open

This Is A Piece Of Crap

Whenever You Try To Boot Anything To Hangs With A Blinking underline

Whats An Alternative That Works?

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James

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Works like a Charm. Installing new win with USB_CDROM within AHCI mode while my MB doesnt support USB in AHCI mode...

It is not able to boot from a USB drive, connected via a PCI USB card on a Tomato 810 motherboard.
Processor PIII.

May be it is due to the PCI card being uncompatible.
same drive works fine on my laptop while booting from it.

Plop says booting from USB and correctly detect HP v220 USB drive.
But no progress there on, I formated the drive with NTFS also still the same.

Trying to install OpenELEC on PIII, no cd iso available for this.
Will appreciate any help.

This is to all of you for which this isn't working!
YOU SUCK, you obviously know nothing about computers so suck it, I hope you have to pay a ridiculous amount to fix your pc because u are too stupid to work out how to use a simple bat file... idiots...

What 'simple bat file' smart a**e?

Using it with Pentium M motherboard and USB stick with DOS installed using Hewlett Packard utility I get this output:

LOADING EHC1 DRIVER
SEARCHING ON HOSTS
HOST 1

Then the PC hangs and I have to do a hard reboot

Holding down SHIFT when selecting the USB option gives this output:
LOADING UHC1 DRIVER
SEARCHING FOR HOSTS
HOST 1
PORT 2: DEVICE CONNECTED
NO HD
HOST 2
PORT 1: DEVICE CONNECTED
NO HD
PORT 2: DEVICE CONNECTED
NO HD
HOST 3
PORT 1: DEVICE CONNECTED
GENERIC USB SD READER
LOADING BOOT SECTOR...

Then the PC hangs. It appears that PLoP is confused by the presence of my 4 in 1 SD card reader. There are other boot loaders like GRUB that claim to boot from USB sticks, but I wonder if they will be affected by the card reader similarly.

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