Bios question

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  1. nucklearknight

    nucklearknight New Member

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    I got a SD card and want to boot linux off of it but on my XPS M1210, I don't think the bios supports it. Is there a way to modify the bios to support booting from an SD card?
     
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    Not really. The code in the BIOS is written in assembly language, and it's very easy to screw up assembly language.

    Your best bet is to partition a little piece of the hard drive and put your alternate OS on that.
     
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    Humm
    I have the entire drive formatted right now. Is there a way to break off a 2gb chunk?
     
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    I have an M1210 and don't think you can boot off an SD Card.

    You can probably use something like Partition Magic to re-partition the drive.

    How about booting off a USB thumb drive?
     
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    He doesn't want to use a USB drive because he doesn't want it hanging off, waiting to get broken.

    PartitionMagic will do the trick. It costs money, but it's the only product that actually works.
     
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    Are you assuming this or do you know him or something? I was just throwing that out there.
     
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    He mentioned this in another thread.
     
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    Thanks guys. Yeah I wanted to boot from a SD card so I could just keep it in there and use it like a little hard drive and boot from it.
    I think I'm going to order a new hard drive for this computer anyways. It's only 80gb and I want to get a 320 one and put linux/XP/maybe Mac OSX or Windows on it.
     

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