Booting Linux from Live USB restarts computer

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alzughoula

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Hi all,

I recently built a brand new PC (let me know if you need specs) and installed Windows 7 fresh. Unfortunately, non of the drivers (even the basic USB drivers and network drivers) were included so I don't have any means to update the drivers to get on the internet and start downloading mobo drivers. To bypass this problem I am attempting to boot up from Linux, which I added to a Live bootable USB, to get on the internet through Linux and download the drivers onto the Windows partitioned section of the SSD. Unfortunately, after following all the directions and taking the necessary steps to boot from the USB, I see a screen flash for a split second that gives me some kind of options to boot from Linux, but once this happens the computer quickly restarts and goes back to repeat this screen flash/restart loop. The screen that seems to ask about booting with Linux flashes too fast for me to read anything, but I'm pretty sure its recognizing the USB live boot. I'm just not sure why its not carrying through with the installation. I used Mac Linux USB loader to make the Live boot, and have tried re-downloading the Linux client (first Ubuntu then Mint Linux), to no avail. Anybody have any idea what this could be ?
 
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Yes....need complete system specs.

Can you get into your BIOS? If so, you need to change the boot order in the BIOS to boot from USB. Of if you have a modern mobo....on a restart, as soon as you here the POST beep, start tapping the F12 key....this will bring to the boot menu order up there by bypassing the need to enter the BIOS. Then just select the device you want to boot from.
 

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System Specs:
Intel Core i5-6500
Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI
G.Skill Ripjaws V Series x 1 (8 GB)
Kingston SV300S37A/120G SSD
EVGA 960 GTX GPU
Case is the deepcool tesseract

As mentioned above, I've taken all the steps a basic google search will instruct one to do (i.e. set BIOS so systems boots from USB first, turned off fast and secure boot, etc. etc), and I know that it's recognizing the boot because that screen flashes for a split second that has a couple of 1) / 2) options with the words linux written somewhere. But again, as soon as this screen flashes the system restarts and continues like this in a loop until I turn off or go back into BIOS
 
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That's more then likely the issue right there.....Mac to linux then linux to windows. I would use a friends laptop or PC and download the necessary files (your drivers) to a USB then use the USB on your PC to install the drivers.
 

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You should be able to download the drivers onto the Mac then copy them to a Usb stick formatted as FAT(32) then move the stick to the PC and copy them onto it. If you just get the Ethernet driver, from the motherboard maker's website or the maker of the chip used, you can download the rest straight onto the PC.

EDIT : you can get the drivers here :- http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5518#dl
Note that is for the Rev 1 board, there's a link on the webpage if you have a Rev 2 board.

EDIT 2 : just realised Usb isn't working on the new PC - or is it ? Does the new PC have an optical drive ?
 
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