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    Booting to an SD card

    I have an older Acer AspireOne notebook with an SSD installed.

    The original SSDs were not very good and despite reinstalls the computer is slow and freezes temporarily on numerous occasions.

    It runs a lot better if I boot to a system installed on a USB stick but for neatness and convenience I'd like to run a system from an SD card but BIOS wont boot to SD.

    Anyone any suggestions how I might achieve this.

    Geffers

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    Re: Booting to an SD card

    Quote Originally Posted by Geffers View Post
    I have an older Acer AspireOne notebook with an SSD installed.

    The original SSDs were not very good and despite reinstalls the computer is slow and freezes temporarily on numerous occasions.

    It runs a lot better if I boot to a system installed on a USB stick but for neatness and convenience I'd like to run a system from an SD card but BIOS wont boot to SD.

    Anyone any suggestions how I might achieve this.

    Geffers
    Your BIOS needs to support SD booting which if it doesnt either upgrade your bios or then no go.

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    Re: Booting to an SD card

    I had similar problems. Turns out the computer is too old. If the BIOS does not have the option for sd boot then you can not boot from an sd card.
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    Re: Booting to an SD card

    Quote Originally Posted by haqking View Post
    Your BIOS needs to support SD booting which if it doesnt either upgrade your bios or then no go.

    Peace
    All I want is the system to run from the SD card, it doesn't necessarily have to boot directly to it.

    I recall some years back I had an old computer that could only boot to HD or CD/DVD.

    There was some work around by installing the kernel from the CD, the USB then became visible so subsequent loading was from the USB.

    Trouble is so long since I've done it I have forgotten; I think it is similar to a network boot.

    Thanks for prompt reply.

    Geffers

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