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  1. #11

    Quote Originally Posted by enigma. View Post
    Comp I am using is Win 7 pro.
    lol, i meant the hardware.
    win 7 pro is not a machine, it's an operating system.
    fwiw, i used to have an old fujitsu/siemens amilo laptop that could not boot (linux) from usb although it appeared to be able to.
    had to burn a CD first.

    also, have you tried the other usb options (after pressing f12)?

    anyhow, the process to create a bootable usb medium is this:
    1. download the iso.
    2. check that the .iso is complete and not corrupt (checksums, usually on the same web page as the download link for the .iso). you will have to find out how to do that on winblows.
    3. create a bootable usb medium (or a CD) with a special program (in other words, it is NOT enough to copy the .iso to the usb)
    4. check AGAIN

    ...and only then, reboot.
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    Hi Segfault,
    When I burned the iso onto the usb drive, it told me the burning was succesful but that did not take Murphy into account.
    I will try it on another comp but if no go I'll give it away.
    For some reason always had trouble installing systems.
    Many thanks for all the support.

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    Engima, try to download a program called Rufus on your Window 7 machine. Rufus is the best program I found for making bootable USB sticks from Linux ISOs.

    An ISO is a bootable CD image. Rufus takes that image and builds your USB stick so it acts like a bootable CD. I don't have Rufus in front of me, but you can accept all the defaults in it, select your Linux ISO as the source, and click 'go'.

    Give that a go and report back. I'm a newbie as well, but hopefully I can give you some insights from my own struggles getting to this point.

    Can you also tell us the model of PC you are using? Some people have mentioned EFI which is a fairly new way of interfacing boot media (e.g. your harddrive) to the computer hardware, but if your PC has Windows 7 on it I doubt that it is EFI hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonStonier View Post
    download a program called Rufus
    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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    You might also start over if having troubles. You will want to download the Linux distribution you want and save it on your desktop or in Downloads folder. Then look up a small program called Unetbootin and follow directions to download and run. Since your computer uses Windows 7, get the Windows version of Unetbootin. Follow the directions and should be able to make your USB version of Linux to try out. You might have to reformat the USB stick first before beginning.

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    Unetbootin does the same as Rufus, but Rufus is easier to use in my view.

  9. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonStonier View Post
    Unetbootin does the same as Rufus, but Rufus is easier to use in my view.
    no, it doesn't.
    for many use cases, unetbootin is simply broken!!!

    https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugr...cgi?bug=775689
    https://github.com/ValveSoftware/SteamOS/issues/311
    and so on...
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  10. #19
    You could install YUMI or GRUB to make the flash bootable. The programs allow you to put the Distro you wish to try on it. They'll format your Flashdrive, so make sure nothing else is on there that you need.

    And I know USBs are preferable, but you could always get yourself a 4gb DVDr and burn the ISO to the disk. Then reboot and open your BIOS to boot from the Disk drive.

    But, it does sound like your USB isn't bootable. I would suggest YUMI. That's what I use for my Flashdrives. When I used GRUB it automatically put it on my hard drive so that no matter what GRUB would run with or without the Flashdrive in.

    Here's a link. Give it a go

    pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

  11. #20
    Hi!
    Is it still booting into windows? Have you changed bios settings to disable secure boot and disable fast boot? In windows secure boot means, that you cannot boot anything else, when secure boot is enabled.

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