Introduction

Important: Linux only.

Advisory: This was written as a subguide to use in the Linux system configuration guides. Since these guide will rarely be required, they are less refined then my other guides. This guide also lacks many crucial details to be used as a standalone guide.

If you are trying to boot a Linux distro off of a USB flash drive and have discovered you are using a system that is too old to boot from USB (or has problems doing it, despite the support being there), this guide will show you how to boot off of USB through alternate means.

Go to the plop.at website. Once you on the home page, find the section labeled Boot Managers.
  • Go to the plop.at website.

  • Once you on the home page, find the section labeled Boot Managers.

  • Once you are in the Boot Manager section, find PlopKExec Boot Manager. Download the .iso file to burn to CD or .img to write to a floppy disk.

  • Download the appropriate file. You will need this for later use.

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Since there are so many options for CD/DVD burning software, you will need to learn how to use the program you choose to use for this step.
  • Since there are so many options for CD/DVD burning software, you will need to learn how to use the program you choose to use for this step.

  • Find the ISO for PlopKexec on your system. The file you are looking for is called plopkexec.iso. Once you find it, burn it to a CD-R or CD+R.

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The method each brand and BIOS use to boot from CD vary. Modern systems typically have a one-time boot menu that negate the need for BIOS boot order changes. This is not a common feature on most legacy systems. I cannot reasonably provide guidance on if your system has a one time boot menu or needs a BIOS boot order change. Put the PlopKexec CD in the optical drive of your system. The steps to boot the CD will vary based on what BIOS your system uses. Put the PlopKexec CD in the optical drive of your system. The steps to boot the CD will vary based on what BIOS your system uses.
  • The method each brand and BIOS use to boot from CD vary. Modern systems typically have a one-time boot menu that negate the need for BIOS boot order changes. This is not a common feature on most legacy systems. I cannot reasonably provide guidance on if your system has a one time boot menu or needs a BIOS boot order change.

  • Put the PlopKexec CD in the optical drive of your system. The steps to boot the CD will vary based on what BIOS your system uses.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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