I have a very old machine that won't boot from USB. Nothing to do with the USB - the BIOS does not have any features for booting off USB.

I am looking for an .iso which contains a USB driver which will allow me to boot off a usb drive.

Please do not send me links of how to create a bootable USB drive or how to put an ISO on a USB drive. I did a search for the iso I'm looking for and the first 100 hits was how to create a bootable USB drive. That is not what I'm looking for.

Does anyone know what the link is for a bootable CD which will then boot off USB. Alternatively, I don't mind getting my hands dirty - how do I create such an ISO.

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    Does this answer your question? Why Doesn't a Bootable USB Boot
    – mook765
    Feb 22, 2020 at 17:49
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    If your system can't boot from USB, it means it can't boot from USB. Period. there is no workaround. You can install Ubuntu from a HDD, etc. If it is an old machine, probably Lubuntu is the right choice. Lubuntu iso can be burnt to a DVD. Is this question Ubuntu related at all?
    – Pilot6
    Feb 22, 2020 at 18:08
  • Other than me trying to boot off a USB drive that contains a Ubuntu installation, no. I used to have a CD that allowed me to boot off the USB drive but I've misplaced it. I got it off the internet when installing warty warthog. I'm looking for a disk image that will boot an image from a USB drive.
    – cup
    Feb 22, 2020 at 18:33
  • @K7AAY what good would that do? The CD drive cannot read a DVD.
    – cup
    Feb 23, 2020 at 6:56
  • How about using the Network Installer ISO which will fit on a CD? cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/18.04
    – K7AAY
    Feb 24, 2020 at 6:22

1 Answer 1


Plop Boot Manager

Sounds like you are looking for Plop Boot Manager:


It can be installed on a CD/DVD, (or Floppy Disk), and used to boot a Live USB.

Plop can also be installed on a corner of your hard drive.

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