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While waiting for a reply, I found LinuxLive (LiLi)
Went through the motions and finally got it working, it booted and gave me the option of XP or Ubuntu.
Chose the latter and went to install Ubuntu.
It did not get very far, got error message that said:
Problem in ubiquity
The problem cannot be reported
This is not an official Ubuntu package. Please remove
any third party package and try again
Totally confused, as I know I got the download ISO file from the official web site.
there is nothing now, it boots only to a black screen and a flashing dash on top left corner.
Ctrl Alt Del is now working, F9 for boot options works, tried all options.
When "Boot from USB" option is selected it's back to "Missing Operating System",
F10 for BIOS settings works.
Does not have a A: Floppy drive or I would format with my old Win 3.11 disks and start over.
There is no XP option on boot-up either, at least!
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
You dont need xp to boot in another OS. If your computer has a CD or DVD tray I would just burn the ISO on to a blank DVD and boot the computer from it. I have had good results with disks instead of flash drives.
Just make sure you burn the ISO as image not as data disk.
If I understand you correctly, when you downloaded the ISO, you just copied it and pasted it onto the flash drive. Don't worry, it's a common mistake.
A progam that I use is windiskimager. It has worked fine for me. When it prompts you to open a file, you have to set it to look for "All Files" instead of "Image Files." Other than that, everything is straightfoward. Just remember that all data on the flash drive will be PERMENATELY erased.
If you want to burn it to a DVD, you need a program like ImgBurn. Otherwise, you'll get the same "Missing Operating System" message.
Let us know how this project turned out for you. If there are any more concerns we will keep trying to help you.
I'm not going anywhere, have to see this through.
Ok. Did you try unetbootin?
Well, that won't work. That's why I pointed you at some instructions.
I read instructions, but sometimes they are written in a way that's foreign in IT terms, they make sense after a phase of trial and error.
I think with most "migrants" from MS "utopia" it's been, download/klik/install/done, ask questions later.
got the DVDs, looking for a checksum , along the searching's I found InfraRecorder.
What a pest that became on install.
It came bundled with all this other stuff that had to be uninstalled.
AV/FW application went crazy btw, but survived it. CCleaner did the rest and some manual deletions in regedit.
Have not burnt anything yet as I write this reply.
The only problem I see later on is my internet connection.
Telstra 4G USB stick, PrePaid.
I don't think it will work on a non MS Operating System,