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Old 23. May 2010, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Help! Ubuntu Will not run From USB

I have downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 onto my USB stick via a Universal USB Installer from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ and changed the bios on my DT to boot from USB CDROM.

However, I cannot get Ubuntu to load.

My USB stick has no other files on it and has been formatted (FAT32) to enable the autorun as this was originally disabled by Panda USB Vaccine.

If anyone has any advice I would be most grateful.

PS The other boot options in the bios were USB ZIP and USB FDD.
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Old 23. May 2010, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know if this will help, but with the USB stick plugged in, while booting tap F12. Hopefully this will give you a boot media menu that you can choose from. Look for USB HDD or Hard-disk, I am pretty sure that USB CDROM will not work. That is what always works for me. Plus if you are plugging the USB stick in a front USB port, try putting it in a back USB port (i.e. one that is directly connected to the MB) For some reason my DT will only boot from USB on the back ports.

Have you verified that the stick will boot in a different computer?
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Old 23. May 2010, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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...Plus if you are plugging the USB stick in a front USB port, try putting it in a back USB port (i.e. one that is directly connected to the MB) For some reason my DT will only boot from USB on the back ports.
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Very interesting since I thought all USB ports were functionally the same!
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Old 23. May 2010, 02:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ritho: I chose USB HDD from the boot options via F12. My DT still wouldn't boot from the USB so I tried your suggestion of connecting in the back but still no joy!

I cannot verify if the USB stick will boot from another PC as my LT does not have a USB option in the boot menu.

vasa1: I also thought that all USB ports were identical.

Thanks for the input, it just seems instead of 1,2,3 it's more like 1,2,3,4,5,6, ad nauseum!

NB I had Ubuntu 9 installed on my DT in a dual boot setup with XP but I forgot my password. I have since uninstalled v9 and now just get the folowing message if I attempt to boot into Ubuntu:

The following is missing or corrupt, Windows root>\system32\hal.dll

PS I attempted to boot into Ubuntu in the mistaken belief it was going to boot up from my USB stick (in case you were thinking, why am I attempting to run something I had already uninstalled)!!!

The steep learning curve of Linux based OS continues...
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Old 23. May 2010, 03:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I thought all USB ports were functionally the same!
I would have agreed until I discovered the problem on my desktop. I think that it may be a voltage supply problem or something.

Sorry I can't be of more help Torres. I am often in the same boat with Linux. Most of the time I feel pretty confident in Linux, but then something odd happens and I have no idea what to do. Like this very morning. I was rebooting and got this error after selecting ubuntu in grub. "Kernel panic not syncing VFS unable to mount root fs on unknown wn-block." Googled that from my wife's laptop and found about 100 different things that can cause it. Thankfully the problem became evident about an hour later as I tried to boot again and then the system blacked out and rebooted
again. I went into bios and while I was in bios it rebooted. So going on a gut feeling I drug out a old power supply and plugged it into the MB and viola! everything is working again.
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Many thanks Ritho, I am sure Jojoyee will soon be along to assuage my mental angst over getting Ubuntu to boot!
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What Ritho said is true about the front and back usb ports. I experienced that as well but it all depends on how the bios is configured to the ports based on my understanding.

In this post, I mentioned that I updated bios for it to recognize my usb port and which was a good find to me.

So probably there're two respects need to consider. 1. the usb stick must be corrently copied and bootable.
2. booting from the usb port must be supported by bios.

Once you make these two things right, I believe that booting from a usb stick shouldn't be a problem.

Another easier option is to install Ubuntu from within Windows. While in Windows, copy the Ubuntu iso file to the harddisk, use a virtual drive to mount it and then install it right away.

Just 2 cents here but worth sharing our experience.
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I have downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 onto my USB stick via a Universal USB Installer from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ and changed the bios on my DT to boot from USB CDROM.

However, I cannot get Ubuntu to load.

...PS The other boot options in the bios were USB ZIP and USB FDD.
You might want to check out these guides on the newer bios boot menu and older bios setup method with some quite useful tips to see if that's helpful.
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Old 23. May 2010, 07:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It may be the USB stick.

Using the guide and tools from PendriveLinux
I have Ubuntu loaded on a 2 gig Cruzer stick and puppy linux on a 1 gig lexar stick. Both work very well
I tried to use my 4 gig Kingston 2.0 USB stick for Ubuntu and I could not make it boot.
From the information I got from the forums. USB sticks must be 2.0 and not all USB sticks work well for this purpose.
If you have not already done so. Pendrivelinux Has a test to check if your USB stick can be booted from.

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...not all USB sticks work well for this purpose.
I'll second that. I had forgotten about it, but I had a usb stick that would not work as well, but don't remember the brand.
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