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Old 11-02-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Problem booting from USB


I have put ubuntu onto my usb with pen drive linux. I restart my computer and choose the usb option but it just loads windows instead. Does this mean my usb is not bootable?
 
Old 11-02-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Maybe

Check your BIOS and make sure your computer can start from USB.

Try taking a look at http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
 
Old 11-02-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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Check your BIOS and make sure your computer can start from USB.

Try taking a look at http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
I have used my usb to boot damn small linux so bios is not the issue.

I followed in instructions on pendrivelinux.
 
Old 11-02-2011, 06:12 PM   #4
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I have used my usb to boot damn small linux so bios is not the issue.
If you previously installed DSL on a flash and successfully booted it then you know you can boot from a flash drive.
If you have windows on an internal drive that would most likely mean you don't have the usb drive set to first boot priority in the BIOS or there was a problem with creating the Ubuntu flash with pendrivelinux.
 
Old 11-02-2011, 07:32 PM   #5
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Usually you power off computer. Insert usb. Power on computer to bios. Then change the hard drive order from internal to the now shown usb. Then save and reboot.
 
Old 11-02-2011, 07:48 PM   #6
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If you previously installed DSL on a flash and successfully booted it then you know you can boot from a flash drive.
If you have windows on an internal drive that would most likely mean you don't have the usb drive set to first boot priority in the BIOS or there was a problem with creating the Ubuntu flash with pendrivelinux.
I have windows on my hard drive. I tried on my computer with windows vista and one with windows 7. I tried loading ubuntu on my usb again and it still didn't work.

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Usually you power off computer. Insert usb. Power on computer to bios. Then change the hard drive order from internal to the now shown usb. Then save and reboot.
I tried that.
 
Old 11-03-2011, 04:48 PM   #7
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Does the drive show in bios in the hard drive section? I don't mean boot order I mean the hard drive section? Does the system have a F key to select boot device?
Does the usb work in a few other systems?
Is this a real old computer?
 
Old 11-03-2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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which linux you have on this usb?
what boot loader is on it?
you could check if your usb is bootable by installing "plop" on you hd.. and plop will redirect you to your usb.. if it dont
boot, then this is the usb which is non bootable.
or simply: Re-install again the linux distro on your usb.
 
Old 11-04-2011, 12:46 AM   #9
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Does the drive show in bios in the hard drive section? I don't mean boot order I mean the hard drive section? Does the system have a F key to select boot device?
Does the usb work in a few other systems?
Is this a real old computer?
It shows as USB-ZIP. What is a F key? My usb works in other computers as a storage device but not to boot. I tried in a new windows 7 machine and an older windows vista machine. Both are dells.

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which linux you have on this usb?
what boot loader is on it?
you could check if your usb is bootable by installing "plop" on you hd.. and plop will redirect you to your usb.. if it dont
boot, then this is the usb which is non bootable.
or simply: Re-install again the linux distro on your usb.
Ubuntu. I used whatever was on pendrivelinux.com. Not really sure how to check what boot loader that is. My usb should be bootable, I had DSL on it but formatted it and put on Ubuntu. Does formatting mess with bootablity? I have tried re-installing it 2 times.
 
Old 11-04-2011, 02:36 AM   #10
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It shows as USB-ZIP. What is a F key? My usb works in other computers as a storage device but not to boot. I tried in a new windows 7 machine and an older windows vista machine. Both are dells.


Ubuntu. I used whatever was on pendrivelinux.com. Not really sure how to check what boot loader that is. My usb should be bootable, I had DSL on it but formatted it and put on Ubuntu. Does formatting mess with bootablity? I have tried re-installing it 2 times.
Before going to further steps are you sure you have successfully made a bootable pen drive to install ubuntu?

what were the steps you followed to make it bootable I would like to know...
 
Old 11-04-2011, 03:38 AM   #11
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I had already such issue because I was thinking my usb "should be bootable".
It was not.
So, start again: install the linux again (another distro? another method?) and check it at a pc where you know it boots already from usb.
 
Old 11-04-2011, 06:25 PM   #12
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There are basically two ways to create a bootable usb.

One is to use a tool like unetbootin or fedora's liveusb creator or one of the tools at pendrivelinux.com. These are the starting point for a new usb user I'd think.

The other is to carefully install your linux distro to the usb just like it was a normal hard drive. Most distro's now support both ways. Be careful on the second choice. You have to select the correct drive for your boot loader.

See pendrivelinux.com for some of the many ways.

See any of the top 30 at distrowatch.com. They should all be able to be installed to a usb like a normal install.
 
Old 11-05-2011, 05:23 PM   #13
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I had already such issue because I was thinking my usb "should be bootable".
It was not.
So, start again: install the linux again (another distro? another method?) and check it at a pc where you know it boots already from usb.
I just tried puppy and DSL. Both worked fine. It is just Ubuntu that does not seem to be working.

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Before going to further steps are you sure you have successfully made a bootable pen drive to install ubuntu?

what were the steps you followed to make it bootable I would like to know...
I downloaded the iso. I went to pendrivelinux and clicked on one of links. Not sure which one and then I used whatever application downloaded. I choose my f drive which was my usb and it started downloading everything.


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There are basically two ways to create a bootable usb.

One is to use a tool like unetbootin or fedora's liveusb creator or one of the tools at pendrivelinux.com. These are the starting point for a new usb user I'd think.

The other is to carefully install your linux distro to the usb just like it was a normal hard drive. Most distro's now support both ways. Be careful on the second choice. You have to select the correct drive for your boot loader.

See pendrivelinux.com for some of the many ways.

See any of the top 30 at distrowatch.com. They should all be able to be installed to a usb like a normal install.
I tried whatever was on pendrivelinux and I tried unetbootin. Neither worked for ubuntu. I choose my usb and it put all the stuff on it.

I looked on distrowatch and ubuntu is there.
 
Old 11-09-2011, 05:00 PM   #14
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I got it loaded. I had to try like 5 usb creators. However, after about 2 minutes of use it completely freezes up. I tried alt prtscn REISUB and it worked the first time but it won't work anymore.

Does anybody know what is going on?
 
  


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