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Thread: Can't boot from USB

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    Can't boot from USB

    I have same problem tryng to install Ubuntu, Fedora and now Lubuntu.
    For making Ubuntu LiveUSB, I used Ubuntu liveUSB creator. For Fedora I used Fedora LiveUSB creator.
    for Lubuntu (now) I used UNetbootin - http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ and always the same, when boot I get this message:
    Code:
    SYSLINUX 4.03 2010-10-22 CNS Copyright (C) 1991-2010 N.Peter Anvin et al
    ERROR: No configuration file found
    No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
    boot:
    Booting from CD/DVD is alright, I never get any error..

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Can you save (and then view) any file at all on the USB stick? You may have a defective unit.
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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Quote Originally Posted by cavh View Post
    Can you save (and then view) any file at all on the USB stick? You may have a defective unit.
    Do you mean Edit-Save and then view? I dont know what u mean..
    Last edited by new123; October 26th, 2011 at 09:23 PM.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Hello,

    Few notes and hopefully will help you to fix your problem.

    1- Have you checked MD5SUM for the file that you downloaded?

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM

    Please do that and compare the result with: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes

    2- Have you formatted your USB Dirve?
    If you are using Linux, run GParted and choose from Device Menu (Create New Partition Table) then format as FAT32. Make sure to choose the correct drive. Usually it's /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc



    If you are using Windows, try to format it and use FAT32 filing system.

    3- Check your BIOS and make sure it does detect your USB.



    Some USB Drives are being detected as HDD0. Some other might be detected as something else.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    How old is the computer you're trying to use? I have one that's so old, not only will it not boot from a USB, it can't read DVD's either, you can only boot with a CD.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Is this thread any use?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1663483

    However as others have said already you must have a computer that can boot from an external usb drive.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    If you can read the files on the USB, paste the contents of syslinux.cfg

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    If the machine doesn't support booting from USB, that option won't be available on BIOS to begin with.

    Anyway, for everyone's information, if the machine doesn't really boot from USB, there is: http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Quote Originally Posted by amjjawad View Post
    Hello,

    Few notes and hopefully will help you to fix your problem.

    1- Have you checked MD5SUM for the file that you downloaded?

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM

    Please do that and compare the result with: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes

    2- Have you formatted your USB Dirve?
    If you are using Linux, run GParted and choose from Device Menu (Create New Partition Table) then format as FAT32. Make sure to choose the correct drive. Usually it's /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc

    If you are using Windows, try to format it and use FAT32 filing system.
    MD5SUM:
    Code:
    a0307761af5a0e3374f65959366d1dcb  lubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso
    which is different then on UbuntuHashes Page. ( 76e5865ce8d0d08fa9f833d781016fe3
    lubuntu-11.04.iso)
    (I mentoin that in UbuntuHashes page is newest version 11.04 while my version of Lubuntu is 11.10)

    Yes, I formatted (FAT32) my USB using Windows.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB

    Quote Originally Posted by new123 View Post
    MD5SUM:
    Code:
    a0307761af5a0e3374f65959366d1dcb  lubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso
    which is different then on UbuntuHashes Page. ( 76e5865ce8d0d08fa9f833d781016fe3
    lubuntu-11.04.iso)
    (I mentoin that in UbuntuHashes page is newest version 11.04 while my version of Lubuntu is 11.10)

    Yes, I formatted (FAT32) my USB using Windows.
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/re...11.10/release/

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/re...elease/MD5SUMS

    Code:
    a3d9689f0f63827d8f72a38b5a80767e *lubuntu-11.10-alternate-amd64.iso 
    
    6b2ef531916da95982eb9b9de9dcb19e *lubuntu-11.10-alternate-i386.iso 
    
    34adee80fd0e0f37a5b898706988fe49 *lubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso 
    
    a0307761af5a0e3374f65959366d1dcb *lubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso

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