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    New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Greetings! I want to join your ranks and leave Windows behind!

    My old Windows XP system is on it's last leg; I read a How To Geek article a year ago about switching to Linux and worked at the instructions in the article several times over the past year and have never been successful at creating a bootable flash drive to use with my computer so I can learn Linux and how to install and use it on the computer itself and leave the software overlords behind.

    I'm nearing the cliff edge because the last browser available the Windows XP, Firefox is stopping support too, and my system is acting strange, and soon, I know, it will not work at all! I've spent many hours again trying to make this work.

    I finally found the Ubuntu.com website and your tutorials and felt like, I'm going to make it man, keep striving you'll get there................. got closer it seems but, it doesn't work. Here's what I've done so far.

    Dell Dimension E521 CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0 Ghz
    2.43 GB of RAM Physical Address Extension
    Hard Drive: Total size 149 GB, Free space 24.7 GB
    Sandisk 4GB USB drive

    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    Version 2002 service pack 3

    I followed the tutorial called "Create a bootable USB stick on Windows"

    I downloaded Rufus 2.18.1213.0 and Ubuntu-20.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso to my desktop and executed the Rufus utilty.

    It didn't look the same as the picture of the version of Rufus in the tutorial; I did my best to enter the correct info in the fields and then click start.

    Here's the fields:

    Device: Ubuntu-20_0(I[4GB]
    Partition Scheme and target system type: MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI
    File system: FAT32
    Cluster size:4096 bytes (default)
    New Volume label:UBUNTU-20_0
    Format Options:
    checked: quick format 1 Pass
    create bootable disk using Free DOS (Disk icon to the right when clicked shows my desktop files:includes Ubuntu-20.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso
    create extended label and icon files


    When I clicked Start, it filled up green marks in the progress bar. When it was full I clicked Close and then tested the USB stick by shutting down the system,
    then turning it back on while holding down the F12 key. The computer beeped repeatedly while the BIOS loaded and the list of bootable devices were shown. I chose USB-Zip. It immediately showed the error message invalid boot error or something like that.

    I re-did the whole procedure again, this time logged on as Administrator. After trying to boot it again, choosing USB-zip. This time it gave a message about invalid partition or something like that.

    When I looked at the contents of the USB drive, it showed two files calleed update. Ones a picture, the other is a short note. Then there is a folder called Locale. It has 25 files in it. There are 18 files named EGA.cpx through EGA18.cpx, four system files named Keyb,oard, Keybrd, Keybrd2, Keybrd3 and Keybrd4, and three application files called KEYB, MODE and DISPLAY.

    Later I found a button on the Rufus utility screen that said "log". When clicked, it displayed this information:

    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Disk type: Removable, Disk size: 4GB, Sector size: 512 bytes
    Cylinders: 486, Tracks per cylinder: 255, Sectors per track: 63
    Partition type: MBR, NB Partitions: 1
    Disk ID: 0x000B4957
    Drive has a Windows 7 Master Boot Record
    Partition 1:
    Type: FAT32 LBA (0x0c)
    Size: 3.7 GB (4003463168 bytes)
    Start Sector: 2048, Boot: Yes
    Found USB 2.0 device 'SanDisk Cruzer USB Device' (0781:5530)
    Using autorun.inf label for drive I: 'UBUNTU-20_0'
    Found USB 2.0 device 'TEAC USB HS-CF Card USB Device' (0644:0200)
    Device eliminated because it appears to contain no media
    Found USB 2.0 device 'TEAC USB HS-MS Card USB Device' (0644:0200)
    Device eliminated because it appears to contain no media
    Found USB 2.0 device 'TEAC USB HS-SD Card USB Device' (0644:0200)
    Device eliminated because it appears to contain no media
    Found USB 2.0 device 'TEAC USB HS-xD/SM USB Device' (0644:0200)
    Device eliminated because it appears to contain no media
    1 device found
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Could not get Disk Extents: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.
    Disk type: Removable, Disk size: 4GB, Sector size: 512 bytes
    Cylinders: 486, Tracks per cylinder: 255, Sectors per track: 63
    Partition type: MBR, NB Partitions: 1
    Disk ID: 0x000B4957
    Drive has a Windows 7 Master Boot Record
    Partition 1:
    Type: FAT32 LBA (0x0c)
    Size: 3.7 GB (4003463168 bytes)
    Start Sector: 2048, Boot: Yes


    Well, that's everything I tried; where am I going wrong? Thanks so much in advance! I'm so eager to get Linux and learn how to use it!

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Ohhh Boy.

    If you are still on XP, you are not only courting catastrophe, but have been doing so for years. Are you sure that your "last legs" experiences are not due to malware? XP was a malware cesspool and given that it was dead and buried years ago, you have been a walking case of pwn‑me! pwn‑me! for the tech equivalent of decades.

    Here's what I would do if I were you:

    • Trust NOTHING that comes out of your current box. This means that I would not trust it to produce a single boot device even if I could get it working.
    • Save all critical data files (and data files only!) to an external drive.
    • Get a friend or relative with a working fully patched fully antibiotic‑inoculated Win10 to produce that Ubuntu LiveUSB.
    • Run that LiveUSB first as a LiveUSB to make sure it works. Then…
    • NUKE YOUR XP INSTALL FROM ORBIT
    • Install Xubuntu using the LiveUSB that has otherwise never touched your system.
    • Run your old files through every Antivirus and malware scanning app you can think of.
    • DO NOT bring over any Windows apps, macros or utilities that you may have backed up. Nuke those too. You may not be able to do anything about MS docs that harbour hidden nasties. That's just too bad.
    • Only after you are reasonably sure that all remaining documents are clean do you copy them back onto your new install.

    A few things to note:

    • You are not using the proper ISO to make your LiveUSB. The files that you list do not belong to Ubuntu. They may be part of FreeDOS which you allude to in your somewhat convoluted narrative. At any rate, you may think that you are burning an Ubuntu LiveUSB, but you are not. There's nothing that anyone can help you with here except to point you to the proper instructions: https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-...ows#1-overview
    • It is evident that you download scads of software from all sorts of sites willy‑nilly. This is not uncommon: we all did things that way back in the XP days. But today, it is nothing short of an invitation to disaster. You really need to read the link in my sig: Linux is Not Windows.
    • On your friend's machine, download only from the official Ubuntu website. DO NOT download from anywhere else.
    • Your machine is old and under-powered. I have a Dell Optiplex that is almost identical—a little more powerful in fact. It will run Ubuntu like a pig on a poke. Better to run Xubuntu, Mate, Budgie or Lubuntu on that dinosaur.
    • If you have not changed anything on it, then the video subsystem will be a real pain in the neck. It will likely choke and die on a modern OS. If you can, change the video card for something more powerful.

    I hope that you can make this transition and be properly introduced into the Linux‑sphere. But you will need to unlearn a lot of bad Windows habits and start learning good Linux habits, including proper OS hygiene. You can start by refraining from such XP awfulness as autologins and running as the administrator. Again, that link in my sig is invaluable to you.

    Good luck and tell us how it goes.
    DH

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by DuckHook View Post
    • Get a friend or relative with a working fully patched fully antibiotic‑inoculated Win10 to produce that Ubuntu LiveUSB.
    (grin)
    Windows 8.1, Mac or Linux will do too, although on the latter two the procedure will be slightly different.

    Your computer isn't too bad for a WinXP machine, but not good enough for regular Ubuntu. Your ram is good enough for Xubuntu or Mate or one of the other light flavours. On the main Ubuntu webpage, click Download, look for Ubuntu flavours and click one of the links. Graphics may be a problem. You not only need it for the OS itself, but modern web browsers also need decent graphics these days.

    Your computer must be full of malware. Time to wipe it clean.

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Get a pal to make you a bootable USB stick with something better. Then when you install Ubuntu select to use the whole disk and wipe XP off. Once Ubuntu is installed you can restore your user data from your backups after a virus scan
    Last edited by ajgreeny; February 11th, 2021 at 04:57 PM.

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Thank you DuckHook, Impavidus, and ActionParsnip for your replies and time It is so much appreciated!

    I agree wholeheartedly that I'm in a pickle and I have a big learning curve ahead of me.

    DuckHook, I read "Linux is not Windows" and agree with everything you wrote. I especially relate to your car analogy. I'm a DIYer; I rebuilt my entire rear suspension in my car by relentless research and six months of hard driveway time so my car is in my control. I want to do the same with my computer and know there is a lot to learn.

    My first step of getting a bootable Linux USB is tough because my Windows XP system is so messed up. I don't have a friend or relative to help me with that; I just don't. And with Covid, I'm in a high risk group, even my groceries are delivered.

    Impavidus, thank you for the tip about Xubuntu or Mate being better for my older hardware. I started searching online to see if I could buy a bootable Linux USB to get me started and I found a website called ShopLinuxOnline.com that sells many distros including different versions of Xubuntu and Mate. I've sent them an e-mail about my hardware to ask what one of their products they would recommend. Their Better Business Bureau rating shows no complaints, price is not much so I'm thinking that might be a good move. Any experience with them or suggestions about a reliable place to buy one?

    Again, thank you all for your time and effort to help me get a toehold in Linux. I am very grateful.

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    My first attempt to create a Ubuntu install USB stick failed and I was trying from Ubuntu and using the same make of memory stick as you are. In my case the USB stick was pre-formatted to be a Windows USB stick for backup purposes. This could explain why your memory stick has a Windows 7 master boot record.

    From Windows XP try formatting the memory stick. It will have to be a Microsoft file format such as FAT 32. This will wipe out the existing files. Then try using Rufus to burn the Ubuntu ISO image to the memory stick. It could be that as the memory is set up for a specific purpose the ISO image is being treated as data to be put on the stick and not as an image to burn to the stick. I am just guessing.

    My last experience of Windows was with Win98. I also built my own machine. My first install of Ubuntu was with a CD-ROM with Ubuntu on that was given away by a computer journal.

    We all start somewhere and we never stop learning.

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    The first time I installed Ubuntu was from an Ubuntu 6.06 live cd I got from somebody I trust. Since then I've always made my own live disks. I know there are companies selling live disks of various Linux distros. It's a legitimate business and I think you can trust most of them. I don't know about any of them specifically. And if I did, they may not all ship to your country (wherever that is).

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by caseyatthebat View Post
    …I found a website called ShopLinuxOnline.com that sells many distros including different versions of Xubuntu and Mate. I've sent them an e-mail about my hardware to ask what one of their products they would recommend. Their Better Business Bureau rating shows no complaints, price is not much so I'm thinking that might be a good move. Any experience with them or suggestions about a reliable place to buy one?…
    I've no experience with them but agree that their pricing is quite reasonable. While I would not normally recommend anything other than a spin‑your‑own‑from‑known‑good‑source method, in your case, I believe such a purchase to be good strategy.

    I agree with others that you should not look at Ubuntu, but Mate instead. This seems to be the only flavour they carry. I can't find Xubuntu, Lubuntu or Budgie on their site. However, Mate is a perfectly good flavour and may even be more familiar to you since you are used to XP. For an idea of what the various flavours look like and why they exist, see the link in my sig: The Best 'buntu Flavour

    Make sure that your system can boot from USB first before buying the USB product. Otherwise, you may have to use the DVD product.

    EDIT

    They do have Lubuntu and Xubuntu. You just have to dive further into their site. It's up to you which version you choose. Perhaps have a look through my link first before deciding. If you decide to go for a non 'buntu Flavour like Mint or Linux Lite, we may not be able to help you as well as their own online communities. However, I know that they have vibrant communities too, so help is usually available no matter which you choose.
    Last edited by DuckHook; February 12th, 2021 at 11:13 PM. Reason: Further info

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    I had a same problem with a USB stick trying to load windows 10 on an older PC for a friend
    as you have a 'TEAC USB HS-SD Card USB Device' I would try a new SD card
    which then worked perfect for me, and im not sure that USB-Zip would be correct option in Bios for a usb stick
    and incidentally im typing this on Xubuntu with the same PC spec as yours AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0 Ghz 2.43 GB of RAM
    works fine if a little slow

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    Re: New User: failed trying to create a bootable flash drive on Windows XP

    I also failed to create a bootable USB stick for my 9 years old Fujitsu notebook with Ubuntu 18.x 1 year ago. I could find the error message that happened during boot from the USB stick indeed in an Ubuntu blog. Guess what: Same type of notebook. Probably some BIOS issue.
    Burning and booting installation from DVD worked fine.
    Btw: I switched due to the fact that Win7 was no longer supported. And I‘m sooo happy I left MS and Windows behind...

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