Re: Problems creating bootable USB
I've tried the three Windows installers you listed and have had consistent good results from the Pendrive Universal. Yumi seems focused on multibooting from the USB and has a long multiclick boot selection sequence, and LiLi takes a very long time churning for the Live USB to boot.
You don't say if you are letting the Pendrive installer format for you. There is a dialog tick box for that and I'd suggest using it instead of formatting through Windows.
I was going to mention that I recently for the first time had a thumb drive go bad on me, which was confusing, but see you've got a new one now.
New to Linux. Currently dual boot Lubuntu 10.10 with W7 on Acer One netbook. Experimenting with Mint 15 XFCE on netbook and a Dell laptop with peripherals (Persistent 8GB Live USB.)