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    booting from USB on a PCIe USB card

    Genetrally speaking,
    would a USB extension card in a PCIe allow booting?

    Just looking for an educated guess.
    Nothing too critical.

    Explanation:
    - an ancient desktop PC works extremely well
    - boots fine from any USB 1 - 2 - 3 storage (pen drives, SATA on USB adapters)
    - some USB interfaces (which are USB 1 and USB 2) seem growingly unreliable
    - mobo has a free PCIe slot
    - other than the USB interfaces I can't find anything remotely wrong with this comp.

    I am tempted to install a PCIe card with extra USB interfaces.

    I am sure the will work fine once the comp is running,
    but I wonder if it would be reasonable to expect that
    the comp might boot from these US interfaces too.

    My guess is, it should.

    Chips on the card would be right on the PCI bus just like the chips that serve the USB 2 interfaces.

    Any comments?
    Will rephrase post if necessary.

    lspci
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
    00:1a.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 02)
    00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 02)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 92)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801IB (ICH9) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801IB (ICH9) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G84GL [Quadro FX 1700] (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 12)
    03:00.0 IDE interface: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB368 IDE controller
    05:01.0 Multimedia audio controller: Yamaha Corporation YMF-724F [DS-1 Audio Controller] (rev 03)
    05:02.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev c0)
    lsusb
    Code:
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 003: ID 275d:0ba6  USB OPTICAL MOUSE 
    Bus 005 Device 002: ID 046d:c328 Logitech, Inc. Corded Keyboard K280e
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Last edited by spamhog; February 29th, 2024 at 04:50 PM. Reason: wrong title, not really a chicken and egg question

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    Re: booting from USB on a PCIe USB card

    Apparently it is on UEFI systems as discussed at the Intel site, link below.

    https://www.intel.com/content/dam/su...Boot-Guide.pdf

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