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FIRSTLY I AM A COMPUTER ILLITERATE. I've been trying to get LINUX on an old laptop for two mornings now and I am losing my mind.
So my friend Francis Dunnery suggested I try "revamping" an old laptop with LINUX. Great. have my daughters old HP envy she doesn't use, it's got windows 8.1 installed. I've downloaded UBUNTU 12 (thinking going with an older version might be easier?), I've downloaded the universal USB installer 126.96.36.199
My thing is this ..... the stupid HP won't even let my try and boot from USB stick. Opens up in the main profile every time. I've searched far and wide, I've done everything I'm meant to do and STILL can't get the laptop to fire the USB.
I restart in F10. I change the start up options, I changed the LEGACY OPTION. Still no luck.
CAN ANYONE HELP? Please. Surely someone out there has suffered the same fate. This isn't the only HP ENVY M6 sleekbook
Also, if you've confirmed that your BIOS is set to boot from USB, try using a different USB port. I've had countless HPs that have one of the USB controllers go bad. Preferably try one on the other side of the laptop.
One gotcha which might apply is that USB boot might only work from one of the USB ports. I have a Dell Inspiron n5050 i3 which will refuse to boot from any USB port except for the blue USB3.0 port (my thumbdrives are all USB2.0, so they certainly work for any other purpose on the other ports).
This was a source of extreme frustration and mystery for me, until I finally tried the other USB ports.
As for whether or not a particular port is USB2 or USB3? Usually, USB3 ports have blue plastic on the inside of the port. But they're backwards compatible so you can plug in a USB2 device in a USB3 port and vice versa. You'll only get USB2 speeds either way, but they'll work fine.