Is my motherboard retarded?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Tescowiec, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Tescowiec
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    I have a problem with USB booting. My laptop is Toshiba Sattelite A660-186. When I try to boot Linux installer/live cd from USB it works fine, but when I try to boot Windows installer it gives boot bcd error, and when booting to already installed Linux on pendrive(installed on HDD works fine), grub displays an "unknown filesystem" error. Is there a fix or do I have an old, not supported motherboard? Already tried to change some bios settings like usb legacy emu(turning it off doesn't even list usb drive in boot list) and controller to AHCI/compatibility(didn't change anything).
     
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    When was the Laptop made? And second, you can burn a Linux ISO to a DVD, or Windows Installer to an DVD.
     
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    maybe you windows boot hace issues , try to create a USB windows BooT with wintoflash, or maybe you have to disable de secure boot in the BIOS if this is UEFI
     
  4. Tescowiec
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    Dunno when it was made, but I've bought it in 2011. From DVD everything works fine. Linux boots from usb only if it's installation/live, already installed to usb doesn't, windows installation usb gives error.

    I'd tried 4 different options to create a bootable USB. Each one failed. My BIOS isn't UEFI.
     
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    You can also used UUI (Universal USB Installer), or you can always use the Windows Media Creation Tool.
     
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    When it comes to Windows I almost always use Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create bootable Windows installer drives from ISOs.

    If all else fails and you have a CD/DVD drive available you can usually burn Plop Boot Manager to a DVD and try to boot USB drives through that instead of the BIOS own method.
     
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    Tescowiec Advanced Member

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    I tried that Microsoft's usb download tool before and it failed too. Anyway, thanks for help anyone, I'm going to give up with this because I rarely need to boot Windows installation media. It's just strange that it boots Linux fine but has problems with Windows...