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Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

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Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#1 Post by meanie » Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:38 am

Unable to re-install windows nor boot to thumbdrive linux now.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#2 Post by meanie » Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:45 am

Windows OS was working fine until one day it stopped booting to it, showing the blue screen of death midway.
It was still able to boot to thumbdrive linux.
HDD is detectable in BIOS HDD diagnostics and certified working.
CMOS battery was already dead long time ago.

So now, I tried erasing the HDD and attempt to re-install windows XP but it showed the blue screen of death after getting past the initial few seconds of the windows installation.

Changing the 'SATA controller mode option' does nothing.

After I tried 'load setup defaults' in bios. It doesn't detect the thumbdrive anymore. It goes to a black screen with blinking underscore after bios check.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#3 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Jul 10, 2023 9:15 am

XP has a way of halting Windows after showing a BSOD instead of restarting automatically.
Halting the system allows you to actually read the BSOD error and give you some clue as to what caused it.

Keep pressing F8 after the BIOS screen disappears but before the XP boot animation starts. If successful, you're presented some options, one of which disables automatic restart upon error.

Take a legible photo of the BSOD and post it here.
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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#4 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Jul 10, 2023 9:44 am

Black screen with blinking underscore is Windows, which is not fully installed.
At the Thinkpad splash screen press F12 to bring up the boot menu and select the thumb drive if it appears, likely as "USB HDD".
Next time you go into BIOS you can reorder the boot devices to put USB HDD first before HDD0.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#5 Post by meanie » Mon Jul 10, 2023 5:16 pm

TPFanatic wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2023 9:44 am
Black screen with blinking underscore is Windows, which is not fully installed.
But I have already erased the HDD...
TPFanatic wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2023 9:44 am
Next time you go into BIOS you can reorder the boot devices to put USB HDD first before HDD0.
This made it work again. Thanks.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#6 Post by meanie » Mon Jul 10, 2023 5:44 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2023 9:15 am
XP has a way of halting Windows after showing a BSOD instead of restarting automatically.
Halting the system allows you to actually read the BSOD error and give you some clue as to what caused it.

Keep pressing F8 after the BIOS screen disappears but before the XP boot animation starts. If successful, you're presented some options, one of which disables automatic restart upon error.

Take a legible photo of the BSOD and post it here.
It is showing BSOD "STOP: 0x0000007B" in Windows setup after loading of all the drivers.

Using ventoy to install XP lite. Both x64 and x86 iso gives the same error. HDD is already erased.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#7 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Jul 10, 2023 7:15 pm

I have some Windows Startup Repair ISOs that refuse to function with Ventoy, they work as intended on CDs. I wouldn't be surprised if XP installer requires optical media. If you can burn the ISO to a CD, I would try that.

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Re: Unable to boot to thumbdrive linux now

#8 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jul 10, 2023 8:11 pm

Go to http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm and click on 7B: in the left column.
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