View Full Version : [ubuntu] USB Flash Drive Install ONLY wants to install not boot.

July 7th, 2012, 07:19 PM
Hello all!
I have a confusing problem. I followed the instructions provided here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ and almost succeeded.

The problem is that the USB Flashdrive boots but ONLY boots to the installer.The only options presented are to INSTALL Ubuntu,NOT to simply boot into Ubuntu as a usable desktop OS.I thought that after following the instructions I had to "install" Ubuntu on the Flash Drive but the installer only shows my hard disk,not the Flash Drive.

I thought I was installing Ubuntu 12.04-alternate-AMD64 to the Flashdrive to run off the drive itself,thinking it would do just that.

Have I done something incorrectly? Used the wrong method ? My goal was to create a USB drive with a usable Ubuntu installation on it NOT a USB installer.

Any help out there?

Thank you in advance for your patience and expertise!

Rex Bouwense
July 7th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Here is a How To for installing Lubuntu on a flash drive.
I would assume that installing Ubuntu would be very similar. I do believe that you will need a larger flash drive than the 4 Gb one described in this How To.

July 7th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Thanks for the fast response Rex...will that method work for Ubuntu as well as Lbuntu ?

July 7th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Your original problem was that you used the Ubuntu 12.04-alternate-AMD64 version which does not boot to a Live CD environment, but only to an installer. You should have used the desktop version, not the alternate.

July 7th, 2012, 09:55 PM
Ah! Thank You! I kinda figured it something I did incorrectly...

I will check it out and if it works I'll come back and mark it SOLVED.

Thank you again.