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    VIA EPIA M10000 USB HDD Issues

    I am currently having issues with the USB COM port on my Epia mobo, I can't get it to boot from USB period. I am using a SATA to USB converter for my HDD and I can boot fine from my other PC... this one just don't want to load it at all. I had to put the HDD in my other pc and installed windows like that since you can't install windows via USB anyways. I have USB Keyboard enabled, I have USB HDD set as my first boot device. I can't understand what I am doing wrong. I am glad I am doing this on the bench and not in the car haha. I am thinking of buying SATA to IDE converter but I really would rather use USB 2.0 for the HDD.
    Also, could this be happening because I am using the USB port on the mobo and not the one that is for the case, if it has one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amphiron View Post
    I am currently having issues with the USB COM port on my Epia mobo, I can't get it to boot from USB period. I am using a SATA to USB converter for my HDD and I can boot fine from my other PC... this one just don't want to load it at all. I had to put the HDD in my other pc and installed windows like that since you can't install windows via USB anyways. I have USB Keyboard enabled, I have USB HDD set as my first boot device. I can't understand what I am doing wrong. I am glad I am doing this on the bench and not in the car haha. I am thinking of buying SATA to IDE converter but I really would rather use USB 2.0 for the HDD.
    Also, could this be happening because I am using the USB port on the mobo and not the one that is for the case, if it has one?
    Tried setting the jumpers on the HDD to every possible configuration to no avail. Now I am going to try a deeper level format on both the HDD and USB stick. Going to try to put the USB stick into FAT32 mode.

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    I bought one of these years ago (let me know if you need a spare, lol). You won't be able to install windows using another computer as it will install hardware specific things that will most likely blue screen when attached to the EPIA-M. You best bet is to get an SATA to IDE converter and find an IDE DVD drive just to install windows. I have booted PE's from USB on this board but it takes an incredibly long time. You are better off with the IDE.

    Regards,
    EluZioN

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