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I downloaded Unetbootin so I could try out a few distros using my 2GB USB Drive. I tried putting Puppy Linux on it but it was giving me errors when I tried to boot from it. I then put Linux Mint on it but can't get my computers to boot from usb drive either.
I formatted the usb drive for FAT32 which is what it says to do on the Unetbootin site.
Can your computer boot from a USB drive? Some can't.
It's also possible that the USB drive's master boot record is messed up. You might want to copy mbr.bin from the syslinux package to the USB drive's MBR (using the dd command as root, as shown below, where /dev/sdx is the USB drive) then try reinstalling Puppy. Be careful - you don't want to mess up your system's main drive!
Did you get any warning/error messages when you used unetbootin? or did it seem to complete successfully?
It's very helpful to have error or warning messages you get when you fail to boot. Too many possibilities for anyone to do more than guess at possbile solutions.
I don't recall but I just tried booting from my laptop and all it said was "Remove device and press any key to restart"
That would be the expected behavior when rebooting from a Live CD (on a CD or flash drive) but not when booting. If you get that when you are trying to boot, something definitely went wrong. You might try running unetbootin again or at least try to boot again and note the errors you get as the more details you can give the more likely someone can help.
The error message that you're getting is clearly saying that your system can boot from USB, but USB doesn't contain files needed for boot from the USB. You should either try some other distro, or use some other utility to extract the OS image into USB, like Universal USB installer.