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Booting from USB

The Shuttle PC arrived today! At this moment, I’m doing the Gentoo install. The first issue I had to figure out was the exact sequence to make the machine boot from my usb key. Pressing Escape during post brings up a screen to change the first boot device.

LS120
Hard Disk
CD-ROM
ZIP100
USB-FDD
USB-ZIP
USB-CDROM
LAN

None these options worked, however. The correct option was found buried deeper in the BIOS options.

  1. Boot the Shuttle PC with the thumb drive plugged in and press delete during POST to enter setup.
  2. Select Integrated Peripherals
  3. Select USB Device Setting
  4. Under the “USB Mass Storage Device Boot Setting” section there will be an entry for the USB thumb drive.

For my thumb drive I had three choices “auto”, “FDD only”, and “HDD only”. Choosing “HDD only” causes my thumb drive to show up as a standard hard disk in my boot options.