I have installed the PLOP boot manager on my ASUS notebook, windows 10, asus K52F.
The boot manage complains it cant find USB and DVD device drivers or devices.
Can I use the standard windows device drivers?
Where should they be located?
Are there any path statements that need editing?
Where are they kept?
Are they accessed though the elevated command prompt?
I seem to remember DOS had files with boot scripts in.
This could be classed as an application, or as part of Windows 10.
I have been told to reload Windows 10 from separate media to cure deep-rooted problems.
Is this correct, or can I use the download media manager with the "save nothing" option to
do the same job?
I am having major problems getting USB and CD boots on this asus notebook.
It looks like it wasn't intended to be reloaded via bootable disks.
I can only do a USB boot with uefi mode enabled, and the installer disk software will not
continue, as it complains the machine is set up as a Master Boot Record system.
As far as I am aware, it must stay that way-are there hardware-related settings built into the
mbr?? do the partitions have to contain mbr references?
This is definitely device-level stuff.
I have a previous post in the hardware section. I put this here as PLOP is more of an application.
I had a bit of a read of the PLOP documentation/table of contents.
It doesn't explain why the dvd or usb devices are invisible when a boot is attempted.
I expect a text-based path would be required.
Most of Windows doesn't use standard text files or formats.
I see win10 uses variables/constants called HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH,
and most "stuff" is in c:\windows\system32
I don't know how actual devices are referenced, or how you can tie drivers to devices.
the usb is just "generic usb port", 1,2,3
the Win10 Device Manager shows them as USB hubs???
This doesn't sound correct for identifying a device?
I could search for a PLOP-windows user community,
or for plop setup questions?
Surely there is a hardware reference somewhere? Is that dealt with by the BIOS?
I need to find more reading references. I don't think the Microsoft tech website
goes into this kind of stuff:
apparently there is a USB driver included in PLOP- it tries to connect port1. Maybe there is something
strange about the "port" assignments in the ASUS machine? It cannot detect the usb drive.
I have 3 usb plugs. Shouldn't it check them all??
It doesn't seem to use the BIOS usb reading facility at all.
my PLOP version is 5.0.14, and seems to be the right one for windows 10.
The same problem for the CD drive. It has a driver, but doesn't detect the CD.
Ahhh! - the PLOP doesn't support internal hubs!-thus it is no good to me.
Is there another way I can boot from USB or CD.
The asus doesn't seem to support either???
(without the previously mentioned uefi fluff from the Microsoft installer.)
Edited by OwenN, 03 May 2017 - 03:50 PM.