I realized the utility of “Look before you leap”.
Having procured a 64 MB flash drive, I was looking around to putting it to a better use than just carrying files. And I found a good one – as a bootable Linux USB key. At last count, there three good quality distros for less than 64 MB –Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux and spblinux. Plus I believe that using SYSLINUX, it could be possible to make a bootable USB key from just any distro’s ISO image which fits on your flash drive, even Knoppix, if you got a 1 GB key!!
I went about downloading the manuals, how-tos and the 50 MB ISO files. After an entire day spent downloading, I thought of checking my BIOS – and it was not able to boot from a USB device… The entire project was summarily abandoned.
Before that, I tried to get a BIOS update. Again, I was ready with a flashing utility but without a proper bin file for the update…
Guess if I do manage to get the USB on my list of bootable devices, it make a great project. Any ideas on making my BIOS boot from USB welcome.