Thanks a lot JFX,
Knowing such a power tool at hand is quite enjoyable to me,
Although I've never got chance to use myself
( using same windows since 2007 :> , and it still works very well) I will have a chance some months later to install w7 (as a 2nd os :>)
ufd boot problems differs, up to main reason bios (long story, shortly bios fails to identify ufd as disk but as floppy), and to workaround (if possible, up to bios) a set of ways exists.....
Workarounds I know:
using small sized ufd, (wimb already mentioned)
using 2 partitioned ufd,
using grub4dos mbr OR nt5x mbr OR nt6x mbr (my personal experience, ntldr5x mbr caused trouble on my old hardwares, grubdos works, but I remember I had read opposite results too )
having boot file (grldr-ntldr whatever) close to disk map (I personally copy these files first to achive this, I am not sure but there was a size limit for that, maybe on cd or also on disk...)......
check bios settings and update bios if possible.....
and of course, using usb-harddisk (this should solve
and even better of course, using usb-cd (I use my dvdw this way with a box (converter) more than five years now)
none of both good for vallet
ps: converting ufd to cd (by using ufd chip settings) does not help solving this problem, I personally tested...
ps: if there is a solution of booting ufd first as floppy than doing things on dos, maybe grbldr.exe forcing floppy to disk, I do not know
My general personal solution that works so far good is (with 4gb kingston): preparing ufd disk with bootice using grld mbr option and double partition (1 of them very small). (made a newbie tutorial for that on Gena ufd prepare besides I do not think you are newbie
for usb1.1 case:
try your chance using different usb-slots, sometimes one of them works with 1.1. and other with 2.0 (I believe manufacturer going cheap with assuming 1.1 is for keyboard/mouse ) or maybe starts 1.1 at boot time (whatever...)
There is also plop http://www.plop.at/
that forces ufd work with 2.0 speed at boottime,
my personal choice so far is, starting plob from grub4dos and get back to grub4dos menu and boot from other stuff, still I did not have a chance to test this on a real hardware that fails that way.....
That is nearly all I know, which may help or not