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  • The flash drive must contain the boot/system files.4.

There may be anywhere from 0-3 items to change in the BIOS to make this possible assuming your BIOS supports it.

The flash drive must have bootsector area.

This is done with special utilities.

Some older bios's may refer to your flash drive as a USB floppy or USB zip.
Hardware purchased from a Linux vendor will still run Windows, however hardware designed to only work well with Windows will sometimes not run Linux at all, or only after many modifications.

- The fastest and easiest utility to create a bootable USB drive.

- Try these 2 USB Flash Drive Utilities by HP/Compaq.
- A USB version which allows to connect the floppy disk drive interface of the computer to a PC via a USB cable.
For more information on this interface, go to


They work with Most other brands of flash drives as well.

Install the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and run the program.2.
after playing with bootable syslinux i found that this does not work for this board - seems to have a problem to flash if sata is in use... boots but flash does freeze - after all system was still intact (my lord, i lost a kilo or so after finding the thing was stuck in a flash ...)

Select the Device and the File system from the drop down menus and click start.3.
It it was a matter of Windows but there is no standard Linux, is it RPM or DEB, Redhat or Ubuntu or any of the 100+ Distros. I am a Ubuntu user, OpenSUSE and Fedora its differant in all cases for almost everything. Yes a Ubuntu user can run RPM and a Ubuntu/Debian as well but OPENSuse doesn't read DEB's all that well they have other way to package softeware like YUM. So we need 'TRUE' standardization. Its getting better. Its easier and cheaper to stick with Windows as there is just one Windows. Yes compatibility is a disaster for hardware from XP to Vista, but from XP to 7 and Vista to 7 not so much. When and if Linux becomes standardized we might see more support out of the box for Windows. Just look at the VIRUS industry with Linux/OS-X/BSD and of UNIX there are few virus 5 at the last count not much of a market here, Windows has over 60,000 with a trillion dollar industry most is sadly self induced. I still believe Linux is the best OS out there by far, however due to good advertising and billions in sales Windows will alway stay the #1 OS for home users it easy for all. I do consider sometimes to crack open my piggy bank and buy a iMac you get UNIX stability and great tech support, there is a reason why so many are choosing to slowly to move to Apple, but I can't afford Apples over inflated prices. For example the iBook has the almost exact parts as a Dell Inspiron 1525/26 You can install OS-X on it I know I have done it. Yet I paid $599.99 a similar equiped iBook $1299.00 kind of a bit of a differance. I got my Dell pre-installed with Ubuntu and now in Canada they don't support it.

Selecting the appropriate drive letter.

The main problem is that vendors are still paying blind homage to Windows.
It's like religious zealots or something. Why are we stuck in this sorry f'ing state?

Select the circle labeled Hard Drive.

Very clear instructions: worked fine - updating BIOS for Albatron KI690-AM2 (from 1.00e to 1.07) the BIOS now runs my AMD BE-2400 at the correct frequency now! Many thanks, would've taken ages to figure all this out.

Select the circle labeled HP Firmware Flash Package.

I guess you're out of luck. You'll probably need to install Windows, at least temporarily. Or try to find some live bootable windows DVD, I hope something like that does exist?

It works with Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10.

I was under the impression that the files should all show up in the top directory the way they did when fdoem.144 was mounted to /tmp/floppy... is that right?

It is recommended to download and try the evaluation version first.

I wish a rich person would start a real OpenHardware initiative, I would buy that stuff. Open video cards, open mobos, open north/southbridge, etc., etc., etc.
It's the year Twenty-Ten and we are stalled.

Warning : Alpha version/unstable.

1. If machine trying to start and stop in short intervals, unplug the power, open the case, take out the battery, wait a little bit, then put it in again and start. This way, you can see the newly installed BIOS.
2. Gigabyte owners check owners manual. They have ezflash facility. Download BIOS update files, write them to the vfat formatted flash disk and shutdown. Select at the beginning to enter ezflash. Point flash and you're good to go.