[olug] boot from USB stick probs

Eric P eric.maillist at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 04:34:46 UTC 2013

Kelly, I already verified the image boots on a laptop.

Sam, I tried *every* boot option this time, and none of them worked.  Worse
yet I have a DVD w/the same image installed, and it won't boot either.
 When I select the CDROM boot selection, I do see the DVD drive light up,
and it says something like BOOT CD/DVD twice.  But then it just silently
fails and boots the Linux I have installed on the hard drive.

The computer is from 2010 (I built from parts), and I seem to remember
having this problem back in 2010 too.  Booting a CD image works, so I'm
pretty sure that's what I did back then.  Unfortunately, the distro images
I want to try (Ubuntu or Linux Mint) all are DVD exclusively now.

It's baffling.  For what it's worth I have my DVD drive as the main devices
and the CD drive as the slave.  The DVD device is pretty old (probably from
'05), so I may try popping in another, slightly never DVD drive.


On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM, Kelly Williams <kellywilliams81 at gmail.com>wrote:

> check to see if the image is still good. if you are using with this with
> unetbootin, first wipe the flash drive first. then put your image back on
> the flash drive. if that don't work download a program called plop and burn
> it to a CD.
> On Nov 6, 2013 7:42 PM, "Eric P" <eric.maillist at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi OLUGers,
> >
> > Long time no post from me.
> >
> > I'm trying to boot the latest Ubuntu (13.10) install image from a USB
> stick
> > on my desktop, and it just won't go.  I have verified this USB stick
> boots
> > on my work laptop, so I know the image is good.
> >
> > On my desktop I'm able to get a BIOS menu to pick the device to boot to.
> >
> > Here are all the options I'm given.
> > Floppy, LS120, Hard Disk, CDROM, ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, USB-CDROM,
> > Legacy LAN
> >
> > I've tried everyone of the USB-* options, but it never boots up.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thanks for reading.
> > Eric P.
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