Booting F8 from USB Attached Hard Drive

Rick Bilonick rab at
Wed Nov 28 04:51:13 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-27 at 19:05 -0500, Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2007 18:36:30 -0500
> Rick Bilonick <rab at> wrote:
> > > As long as your BIOS will boot from a USB drive, it is not a
> > > problem. I would suggest you try the live CD to see if F8 is going
> > > to work for you before doing a USB install.
> Even if the bios doesn't support it you can still do trickery.
> Find a live CD that has "kexec" available on the live CD, then
> boot off the live CD and kexec the kernel from the USB drive
> (of course, it isn't the fastest boot process in the world :-).

My problem does not involve not being able to boot from a CD or DVD. The
laptop will certainly do that. My problem is that I need specific
firmware for the network card that is not in the live CD/DVD distro.
(One solution would be to put the firmware on the hard drive and somehow
link this with the live CD - but I have no clue on how to do this. The
other possibility is using ndiswrapper but that involves installing it
and firmware - again I don't know how to do that with a live CD.) I'm
going to try to make a bootable USB flash drive - I have one that is 1
gb and that should be enough space.

Rick B.

More information about the fedora-list mailing list