How to get Toshiba A105-S4344 to boot to USB?

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Problem :

I am fixing up an old computer and have everything ready and just need to install my OS of choice (Kubuntu) on it. Unfortunately when I insert the USB and turn it on it does not start from the USB. Instead it gives me a handy little message that says Windows did not start normally. It does this whenever I try to do a USB

I have tried to find little secrets in the BIOS but have not succeeded. The BIOS it uses is PhoenixBIOS if that helps.

The OS it has already installed is Windows XP.

How can I get this to boot to the USB?


Here are a few images. I tried setting the boot order but this returns the ‘Windows did not start successfully’ error message. On my BIOS, it does not have a slot for USB it only has USB Memory.

Here is a picture

Here is another picture of the Windows error

Solution :

Not sure what you mean by “I have tried to find little secrets in the BIOS”, but there are a couple things that can be causing you issues.

First, the BIOS is not setup properly to boot to USB. Below is how to do that per Toshiba.

Once in the BIOS locate the Boot tab and set the boot order to show
the USB at the top as shown (Windows 7 shown, other similar). Once
set, save and exit. All subsequent times the computer boots it will
attempt to boot from the USB first then the hard drive second.

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Second, the USB may not be set up properly to be a bootable device. Here are instructions for installing Ubuntu/Kubuntu from a USB. About half way down the page it discusses “Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from Windows”.

I have figured it out! The menu ‘FDD’ actually is referring to the USB! I have successfully booted a USB 🙂 Thank you!!!

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