USB boot problems

Justin Sherrill justin at
Tue Sep 17 17:52:17 PDT 2013

If it's skipping the DVD and booting from disk - but not consistently - I
suspect that the machine BIOS isn't noticing the USB drive fast enough that
it boots from it instead of the disk.  That's a hardware problem, not a
DragonFly problem.  I have installed from USB disc drive before.  My only
guess is maybe trying a different port to see if that makes a difference,
but that's just a wild guess.

On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM, Jasse Jansson <jasse at> wrote:

> Hi.
> I have tried to install the latest stable (3.4.?) on a computer using an
> external USB DVD writer.
> I'm not very successful.
> It only booted once, and the rest of my retried resulted in a windows boot
> screen (that what's on the disk already.
> I have the latest BIOS already.
> This puny little home server is mounted in an old 19" case so there is no
> room for an internal drive, and I rather save the 6 sata ports for hd's.
> Well, it's the first time I try to install anything using this motherboard
> but I want to know if there's known problems installing from external media.
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