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curiousnoob
May 3rd, 2010, 12:58 AM
I'm trying to boot from a USB drive instead of a Live CD but keep getting the line "Boot failed".
I've checked that the USB is the first option in the BIOS and have tried using the built in USB creation tool in Linux as well as installing directly to the USB using a Live disc.
I always get the same error message.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

undecim
May 3rd, 2010, 01:19 AM
How old is your computer? It may not support booting from USB.

curiousnoob
May 3rd, 2010, 01:46 AM
How old is your computer? It may not support booting from USB.

Only a few years. It definitely can boot from a USB because the option exists in the BIOS. It is set to Enabled.

undecim
May 3rd, 2010, 02:08 AM
Can you test it on another computer or with another USB drive to make sure it isn't just the USB drive?

curiousnoob
May 3rd, 2010, 02:34 AM
Unfortunately I don't have access to another PC but I've never had any issues with the drive before. It is a new 4GB Sandisk.

curiousnoob
May 3rd, 2010, 09:36 PM
I hate being one of those people but Bump?

quadproc
May 3rd, 2010, 09:45 PM
I'm trying to boot from a USB drive instead of a Live CD but keep getting the line "Boot failed".
I've checked that the USB is the first option in the BIOS and have tried using the built in USB creation tool in Linux as well as installing directly to the USB using a Live disc.
I always get the same error message.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The fact that you get "boot failed" suggests that your system is trying to execute the boot code from the USB drive but that something is not right with it.

Do you have the boot flag set?
Which boot loader (e.g., grub, grub2, other)?

There is a small chance that your BIOS is buggy and cannot correctly do the boot. I learned that my BIOS is somewhat buggy and I have to work around its idiosynchracies by pressing F8 during boot time; this gets me to a menu screen where I can select the boot source, and then it works OK.

quadproc

SweetShadow
May 3rd, 2010, 09:54 PM
Most of the times i got this error was due to the FS on the usb thumbdrive.I always use unetbootin for this kind of stuff and thumb has to be formatted as FAT not ntfs.give it a try

spydeyrch
May 3rd, 2010, 10:02 PM
Most of the times i got this error was due to the FS on the usb thumbdrive.I always use unetbootin for this kind of stuff and thumb has to be formatted as FAT not ntfs.give it a try

I was going to say the exact same thing. Try the linux version of UNetBootin. Make sure to mark the execute as program box under the permissions tab when you select properties on the unetbootin file or else it won't run. Try to use the built-in partitioner in ubuntu to re-format your flash drive then use unetbootin.

Good luck.

-Spydey :KS

techunit
May 3rd, 2010, 10:08 PM
I would recommend the instructions here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

They have always worked for me. If you are running only Linux I think there are instructions for doing it from The Live CD as well but if you have access to a Windows PC then use this link

alexanda
May 3rd, 2010, 10:22 PM
Make sure Legacy USB support is enabled within your BIOS.

Try to manually select the boot device during post. (different on every bios, could be F2, F8, F12, 0 zero, etc)

Check to see if your BIOS needs updating.

If none of that works:
Which operating systems do you currently have access to (either installed on HD or bootable on Live CD)?

Which version of Ubunutu are you trying to install?

curiousnoob
May 4th, 2010, 02:43 AM
The fact that you get "boot failed" suggests that your system is trying to execute the boot code from the USB drive but that something is not right with it.

Do you have the boot flag set?
Which boot loader (e.g., grub, grub2, other)?

There is a small chance that your BIOS is buggy and cannot correctly do the boot. I learned that my BIOS is somewhat buggy and I have to work around its idiosynchracies by pressing F8 during boot time; this gets me to a menu screen where I can select the boot source, and then it works OK.

quadproc

How would I check if the flag is set?
I am not sure about the boot loader, I just tried to install directly to the drive from Ubuntu.
I found the option in the BIOS to boot directly from the USB but the same thing happens.
I have access to the latest 10.04 Live Disc and HDD installed 9.10 ubuntu installation but have no access to Windows or another computer.