compatible USB sticks for booting?

Discussion in 'Linux' started by vanaao, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. vanaao


    Jan 11, 2009
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    I've been experimenting with booting various things from USB on my Linpus Linux Lite AAO. I've just observed that some sticks don't seem to work with booting. It just freezes on a black screen with a cursor flashing in the top-left corner. Other sticks seem to work just fine. I'll be doing a bit more testing with this, but just wanted to see if anyone else is having this experience or if it's just me?

    For the record:
    the ones that worked for me > Sandisk Cruzer Micro with U3 (formatted so it doesn't have the u3 partition) - 4gb and 8gb
    the one that didn't work > RetailPlus+ 8GB
    vanaao, Feb 11, 2009
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  2. vanaao


    Oct 7, 2008
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    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    I've had similar hassles; 3 sticks and four different machines (a ThinkpadG40, 7year old home-built desktop, 2 aspire One's :

    Sandisk Cruzer Micro 8Gb (u3 exterminated from it); Will only boot the Thinkpad.
    5 year old old generic 256Mb cheap stick; boots my Thinkpad and Desktop.
    Kingston DataTraveller 8Gb (twice the cost of the Cruzer!) boots everything perfectly.

    From my experience, and what I have seen, it seems that it's a bit hit-n-miss with the cheap sticks, but spending some dosh buys more certainty, it's not helped by the AOne being quite fussy. The high-end kingston sticks seem rock-solid, however.

    With the Cruzer on my original AOne, it would normally fail as you describe, but occasionally started the boot sequence and then crapped out at some (random!) point later on. I spent some time playing with this but never had a successful boot.
    EasyTarget, Feb 11, 2009
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