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Following the death of my internal CD drive I decided to invest in a USB drive to replace it. It works fine in Windows but I've noticed that it won't bootup from the beginning like my my old internal drive did.
After research I discovered that I could do this by changing the BIOS settings but there doesn't seem to be "USB boot" option there. I updated the BIOS to the latest version (PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0, Version: 0F0A ) but I still don't have that option.
Is this a problem with the motherboard (HP 311282-001), the drive (LG GSA-2166D) or something else?
By the way I'm running Windows XP Pro on a Compaq Evo n1020v.
Any help would be really appreciated.
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there are only certain motherboards with the usb boot option and i think it has to be something the board came with...i don't know of any bios updates that will allow for that kind of an upgrade
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Booting from an USB device is very new technology and its often only boards that are now less than a year old that can do it.

After all, being able to boot from a CD for the first time was a revolution in its day and even now, while widely supported, is still a problematic experience in some cases.
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