BIOS Issue

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  1. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    So I got this new old laptop that I'm playing with instead of studying for finals and I ran into a little problem. After I updated my system, the screen stays black until Slackware loads the video drivers. However, I tried to boot off a thumb drive and it wouldn't boot, in fact I couldn't even get the screen to turn on. The only system that will run is the Slackware system I have installed on the hard disk. Any ideas?

  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    What is the make and model of your laptop?

    Does the BIOS/Boot Order allow for booting from USB?

    Might it be a problem with USB1, USB2?
  3. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    It's a Dell Latitude D820. Yes it does allow that's how I installed slackware. And I don't think so, I can access the thumb drives when I'm in the slackware system.
  4. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    What's on your USB stick that you are trying to boot from?

    Have you able to try booting the USB stick on another computer?

    Have you got the Nvidia drivers on the USB stick?
    - http://www.linlap.com/dell_latitude_d820
  5. Kryyll

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    It's puppy linux actually. I would imagine it has the drivers because I've booted it off tons of machines before. And yes I boot it off of my desktop fine. I'll look into the drivers though
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    Kryyll Active Member

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    Something interesting that may help: The brightness adjustment doesn't work anymore. Before I updated the system, the brightness worked.
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    I think I found where the problem came from. When I installed lilo I installed it to the MBR.... Could that cause the issue?
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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    That might be it. You are attempting to start from the USB stick but lilo is not there...
  9. Kryyll

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    Hmmm, how would I go about fixing this issue?
  10. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry but I think my last post was wrong. (Overtired?) Still thinking.

    The USB stick works on other computers, should not involve lilo for Slack..
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    What's strange is that even if I boot without the hard disk in it still doesn't work. I think I'm gonna try and flash the BIOs.
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    bashcommando Active Member

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    I have many many old computers(7+) and they only have USB Drives for USB 2.0+ and not 1.0. Just too old, sorry.

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