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Mel Burslan
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Is it possible to boot OmniBook 4100 from USB

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A friend of mine has an old OB4100 laptop with only 96 MB of memory and he says the hard disk has died. He wants to boot this unit using a USB key drive, possibly using a Linux, and only use it for web surfing.

Does it boot from USB or is it too old of a technology to expect this ?

Tahnks in advance for all the help.

 

 

P.S. This thread has been moved from Archived Desktops and Workstations Boards > general to Notebook PC - Omnibooks, EVO- Hp Forums Moderator

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Hi Mel

If you can enable boot from USB in bios, it is possible.

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Mel Burslan
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Re: Is it possible to boot OmniBook 4100 from USB

Thanks for the response. But What I am wondering is, if this is actually possible, i.e., if I can change the bios to boot from USB? DOes OmniBook 4100 model has this capability ?

Since this is not my laptop, I do not have access to it and my friend, being the non-techie type, is too hard to walk thru the bios setup screens without me knowing what he is exactly looking at.
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Mel

If the computer is not from this millennium, it probably is not possible.

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Mel Burslan
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Again, I am not sure about the manufacturing date of the device, but thanks for the answer anyway
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Sung Oh
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Re: Is it possible to boot OmniBook 4100 from USB

here is the manual for OmniBook4100 and it does not say anything about the USB boot.

http://24.237.160.4/files/omnibook/ob4100-4150/HP%20OmniBook%204100%20-%20Service%20Manual.pdf

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Mel

The manual is from year the 1998. You can be quite sure, that the USB boot does not work.

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Mel ,

Here is a "quick and easy" way to confirm whether the OB4100 can boot from USB ( I am betting not)I took the followinf from the OB4100 service manual - it tells how to get to a bootable device menu during reboot

Note
The OmniBook can boot from a CD if all these conditions are true:
· You have an internal CD-ROM or DVD drive installed,
· You have a bootable CD in the drive, such as the OmniBook Recovery CD, and
· You select the CD-ROM or DVD drive as the boot device. You can do this during reboot by
pressing ESC to cancel the OmniBook screen, then ESC to display the boot-device menu for
a one-time selection.
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Mel Burslan
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Re: Is it possible to boot OmniBook 4100 from USB

Thanks for the replies. I have to see if the unit has an internal cdrom
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