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Boot Lenovo Thinkpad X131e from any USB device!!

Posted on 2013-11-19
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I'm trying to boot to run some tests using the Lenovo test program image but I can't get the computer to boot from a USB DVD drive or from a USB Flash Drive.  It doesn't matter which disk is in the DVD drive (ones that work otherwise don't work).

I have set the BIOS to not Enable shutting out unapproved OSs - that's the default Disabled.
I can't find any other settings.
I've set the USB to boot ahead of the HD.  Doesn't help.
I've selected the boot menu at boot time and selected the boot source manually, also doesn't help.

This thing has Windows 8 on it and it always boots to Windows 8 no matter what.
The X131e is a "netbook" style with no internal DVD drive.
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by:web_tracker
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Does another computer boot up with this memory stick, if another computer does not boot to the stick it is possible that the memory stick was not prepared properly in order for it to be used as a boot device. How was the boot stick created and what files are on the stick?
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by:Fred Marshall
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nobus:  You can't be serious that to boot from DVD one has to deal with Windows 8 and all those steps first?!  I don't think of booting from DVD as "advanced".  ???
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by:nobus
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fmarshall - it is not me that decide these steps
and all it points to, is in fact that on most w8 PC's the boot phase takes less than a second, so it's difficult for intervention by us - slow humans
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by:Fred Marshall
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nobus:  I'm not being critical of your answer, I was questioning it.  When I go to that link and read the paper, it starts out:
From here you can access Windows 8 diagnostic and repair tools like Refresh Your PC, Reset Your PC, System Restore, Command Prompt, and much more.
I'm not trying to do any of those things.  I'm trying to simply boot from a DVD .. any DVD.  It could be Knoppix or any other live DVD.
So, I do ask: Is it really necessary to act as if I want/need to access Win 8 diagnostic and repair tools in order to boot from a live DVD?  (Unfortunately I don't have the Lenovo Thinkpad X131e in hand right now).
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by:nobus
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no - it's not necessary - if you can access it quikly enough (i've read under 1/4 sec)
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by:Fred Marshall
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I'm not sure about the "quickly enough".  I've been able to access the boot menu even though, as I believe you're alluding to, it was a bit tricky.

Nonetheless, having opened the boot menu such as:
HD
CD/DVD
USB
Network
etc.

Selecting CD/DVD would not allow a DVD to be used to boot - but a good boot CD was there.
Selecting USB... would not allow a USB Flash drive to boot (and I tested it later on another computer and it worked to a point - at least Linux started which is good enough).
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by:nobus
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all that is explained in the link - you have to disable secure boot
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by:Fred Marshall
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I didn't find reference to "secure boot" on that page that's linked.  Some other key words?
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by:Fred Marshall
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I've not been able to try it but this sounds like what's going on....
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post results when you have them!
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