I have a Dell Inspiron 15 running kali linux 2.0 and I've had some issues with it that I've had to fix and I've decided that I want to try and run another linux distro such as arch or back box but when ever I load up a live boot usb that I have used before, grub wont detect the usb and my bios doesn't have the option to change the boot order. In the past some distros would boot up with legacy and others I would have to switch over to UEFI. I have done some research into my problem but everything that comes up is usually either they have to change the boot order or they are running a dual boot with windows from witch they delete grub from the mbr and reinstall another distro without grub on their device. Is there any way to fix this or should I just buy a new hd and install everything on there?

  • If you can't even boot from a USB, then you can't install any linux on any hard drive, so a new HD wouldn't help anyway. Have you ever successfully booted from a USB? Maybe this USB isn't set up correctly, does it boot on other computers? The USB should have it's own bootloader (maybe grub) – Xen2050 Apr 17 '16 at 19:43
  • i used the same usb to install kali linux so i dont think the usb is the issue, my usb isnt detected because grub takes over. in the past when i would plug in the same usb it would display the usb name (sandisk...) but now the boot option just displays usb – Jmend332 Apr 18 '16 at 18:01

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