Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Get HP Laptop To Boot From Live USB - Sort It?

Apr 25, 2011

Fed up with Windows and ready to become a Linux convert. Here's the only problem:

I've created no less than four separate Live USB distros - all using different USB sticks -
yet my HP Pavilion dv7 refuses to recognize any of them as "bootable devices."

1) Have formatted USB sticks in FAT16 & FAT32 - neither made a difference.

2) Have created bootable USB sticks using Ubuntu Minimal Live install; Ubuntu full Live install; PuppyLinux Live install; even a simple gparted live install - none will boot.

3) Have checked & re-checked that BIOS is set to boot first from USB drive device.

4) 2 of the 4 USB sticks are new, fresh out of the packaging; and 3 of the 4 USB sticks are each from different manufacturers - so I'm fairly certain it's not a issue of a particular brand being incompatible, nor is it due to the sticks being corrupted somehow.

5) Each of the 4 live distros appears to have downloaded just fine - all necessary files appear to be in order.

6) Have tried using Unetbootin, Ubuntu's own live usb tool, and 1 or 2 others - all have failed to boot my HP laptop.

7) Have even tried removing all non-essential hardware before booting - even booting with no hard drives installed - system still returns the error "no bootable device detected."

This laptop is only 2 years old; I know it should be able to boot from USB. I can boot from a (rather old) SliTaz distro on CD just fine - but I need a persistent USB stick so I can easily add packages as needed, etc...s.

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Apple :: Unable To Boot Mac After Trying Out Ubuntu Live Cd / Sort It?

Jun 12, 2010

I have a serious problem! I downloaded and burnt Ubuntu 10.04 and then chose it as start up volume in Snow Leopard's start up disk preference dialogue and although Ubuntu runs successfully from the cd (I'm typing from it now) I can no longer boot into OS X at all.

I have tried all of the different short cuts at boot up to no avail, even trying 2 keyboards. It insists on looking for the Ubuntu disk and if it is not in the drive comes up with an error message stating that a system disk cannot be found.

Is there any kind of tool on Ubuntu that will let me change the start up disc/interact with the Mac's efi settings? I previously had refit installed but this disappeared just before I booted the cd, is it worth using the live cd?

I tried booting from a Tiger dvd but it wouldn't let me do so, it just returned me to the ominous "System disk not found" message.

Does anyone have any kind of idea? Perhaps some kind of shell script that will reinstall refit? I'm guessing that any kind of dvd designed for PC will prob boot, any kind of OS X recovery disk compatible with MBR available?

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Jun 12, 2010

My fedora 12 laptop will no longer boot properly. i get my bios screen, then the fedora intro screen (with the f / infinity symbol on a blue background) after a brief blank screen, then i get a blank screen with a blinking cursor. i can type things but nothing happens when i do, and the computer never exits out of that screen.

is there anything i can do to correct this problem short of a reinstall? i really hate to lose some of the drivers i went to a lot of trouble to find and install as well as some software and some user files.

p.s.: the last thing i did before the problem was to use yum to install quite a few fonts (xorg-...) but it ran after that and i think even went through one reboot with no problems.

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Feb 15, 2011

I am very much new to Debian. To have a feel and check if my laptop (HP Elitebook 6930p) is supported I decided to use a live USB option. I know how to create a live USB disk using Ubuntu and using the same knowledge I created the USB disk and tried to boot using it. The system starts to boots off the USB drive and then is stuck at a point where it fails to identify my HDD. Here is what I did
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b) created a live USB using unetbootin
c) tried to boot from live environment

My laptop's hard drive is encrypted using SafeBoot.
After all the 3 debian images failed to boot I tried with other Linux flavors such as Mint and Ubuntu. Interestingly Mint and Ubuntu boot. Is there some thing I need to take care of?

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Jun 7, 2010

I've got an Acer Aspire One. I don't like windows. I have used Ubuntu many times in the past and love it. I want to install it on this thing, but it's as minimalist a computer as it gets. No DVD drive or anything. It weighs about as much as a small bottle of soda. I have no access to USB Drives, External DVD drives, External floppies, external anything. I do have a cat but I don't think that's going to help. In fact, he's trying to step on my keyboard Anyway, I know you can do a "Frugal install" off the hard disk but I have absolutely no idea what it is.

What exactly is a frugal install? Can I partition the hard drive and leave my windows alone (Got some data, programs and porn holding me down) with a frugal install?Is there a difference between a frugal install and a fancy high-tech DVD install when it's finished (E.G Limitations, stability, chances of computer asploding)?

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Sep 29, 2010

I searched but couldn't find this specific error. I'm using a Toshiba with Windows7 and a new 2 gb USB.

Fedora-13-i686-Live.iso selected
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Verifying SHA256 checksum of LiveCD image...
Error: The SHA1 of your Live CD is invalid. You can run this program with the --noverify argument to bypass this verification check.

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Aug 5, 2010

I'm at wits end...10.04 won't connect to a wireless network on my laptop, and that sort of makes it useless. What is the easiest way to revert back to 9.10? I have a dual-boot system with XP and I'd rather not have to start from scratch.

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Nov 5, 2010

I have an older compaq laptop (P4). I just wanted to be able to boot a live cd. The trouble is the only live cd I can get to boot is SUSE 9.2 and it ends up having a scripting error. It is an old disk so it is probably shot.

I have tried to get fedora 14 to boot, but it will not. A newer computer I have will boot from the FC14.

why I cannot get the live CD's to boot?

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Jun 12, 2010

I just installed 10.04 on an Acer 4736 laptop and was prompted for a software update of about 170 MB.

I went through with the update downloads and installation, got an error message of some packages not being found, and clicked on the "close" button on the dialogue to finish with the whole thing.

Now the Update Manager window with the grayed-out package updates didn't go away, and the cursor would always show the "busy" circle thing. I waited for a while, but nothing happened. I tried opening Firefox to check for anything about this on the net, but it wouldn't open.

So I left it alone, and it the screen went black (screensaver, I guess). When I tried to get back to the desktop, I couldn't. Screen wouldn't respond and it stayed black; no password prompt or anything.

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace wouldn't take me back to the login screen either.

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Jul 26, 2011

A few weeks ago I installed Fedora Linux 64-bit on my HP dv4-1428ca laptop which was running Windows 7. At that time I created a Live USB using the fedora-live usb tool and it booted fine. A couple days ago I decided to try out openSUSE, so I downloaded the 64-bit live-cd image and tried to create a live usb using the SUSEStudio ImageWrite provided in the documentation. The tool kept giving me an error message, so I decided to try unetbootin instead. However, when I tried to boot the live usb on my HP laptop, it presented me with the message.

"SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 2011-04-18 COPYRIGHT (C) 1994-2011 H. PETER ANVIN ET AL" with a blinking cursor and nothing else. I've tried a variety of alternative programs for creating live USB's (pendrivelinux, linux live usb creator, unebootin), and verified the checksum of the iso file for openSUSE 11.4 64-bit, and still was not able to get past the "SYSLINUX..." message on my HP laptop. However, the live USB does boot on the other computers in my house. Interestingly, if I create a live USB using the tool provided by Fedora, it will boot fine. However the Fedora Live USB tool cannot be used for other distros.

AMD Turion X2 Dual Core
4GB Ram
ATI Radeon 3200 Graphics
320 GB Hard Drive

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Apr 21, 2010

I have a Windows laptop that isn't booting up anymore for some reason Safe Mode doesn't even work. Looking at what is printed out when it hangs, I did a search on google and it is some sort of HP laptop problem. Apparently the hard drive should still be OK, if only I can access it somehow. I was thinking maybe I could use one of those live Linux CDs to boot up. But I'm not too familiar with those. Would they be able to detect the laptop's DVD burner, and allow me to burn files off the NTFS partition to a blank DVD? I want to get my data off before I hand the laptop over to the IT department - who knows what they will do to it. So exactly which live Linux CD flavor should I use (my other working computer only has a CD burner)? And then would it be easy to burn a DVD after booting up the live Linux CD?

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Mar 23, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I'm install it onto my laptop (its about 4 years old - a Sony Vaio VGN FS315E).

I have been given a live disk of the latest edition of ubuntu (10.4?) by someone at work, but my CD drive on my laptop seems to think the disk is blank. I know this is not the case as when the disk is inserted into a different laptop is it recognised as an ubuntu installation disk.

My aim to boot ubuntu from the disk to get a feel for what it's like before installing it fully on my laptop, and also to check that it would work on said laptop.

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Dec 24, 2010

My sister has this old laptop, it's a Sahara NB610-LE1D, that she wants to use as a karaoke/music machine. Being an avid Ubuntu user for about 2 years now, I recommended an Ubuntu installation with Rhythmbox. Fantastic, she said - you install it and show me how to use it.

I downloaded an iso of version 10.10, burned it and tried to boot up the laptop with it (there is a beta version of Windows 7 on it at the moment that's expired, it's really not usable.)

It gets past the boot-up sound, and the new maverick wallpaper loads, and then it just sits there, with the mouse pointer changing between the pointer and the little circle busy ball. I've left it for a few hours yesterday and nothing else happened. I've done a memory test, and a disk test, both of which are fine.I'm about to throw this machine out of the window.

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Oct 2, 2010

1. Unable to install F 13 on my laptop using the fedora live usb i had. It worked from the Live CD though, but the 3d effects don't work.

2. Does F 14 have native support for NVIDIA 5100m card? This is the card present on my laptop its based of the Quadro 880 chip

I meddled a bit with the PAE kernel and tried to install the driver off the nvidia website and now the system does even boot..

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Feb 22, 2010

I'm trying to install ubuntu on my laptop running Windows XP, and created a cd with ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso on it, about 706 Mb. Anyway, I've tried powering off and on, and my PC doesn't try to run the install CD in the CD drive. It just ignores it and starts windows. I've done this several times. I remember one time it asked how I wanted to install ubuntu, and I selected the "inside of windows" option so I can boot either Windows XP or ubuntu. But nothing happens.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Boot Into U10.04 After Installiing On Second HD / Sort It?

Sep 8, 2010

Sorry for the really noob question.
I have Win XP on sdc. Boots fine
Installed 10.04 on a new sdb.
System still boots into XP without showing a menu. There is no grub loader and I couldn't find a place in the .iso install where the grub could be change from sdb to sdc. "Change location" only allowed sdb.
So what did I do incorrectly and how do I fix it.
Needless to say I've read many posts about multiboot, but this old brain can't determine what I did incorrectly

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Ubuntu Installation :: Won't Boot After Kernel Update / Sort It?

Feb 8, 2010

Update manager reported some updates including kernel update to version 2.6.31-19.

after update system won't boot. it crashes into bash shell. I've manually loaded kernel version 16 with following command code...

same thing happened when version 17 came up. I definitely NEVER again going to update kernel. What do I need to do now? should I uninstall latest kernel...if that is possible?

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Installation :: Can't Put Boot Loader On New Ubuntu Partition / Sort It?

Jul 22, 2010

I am tying to add Ubuntu 10.04 desktop i386 to my Windows 7 PC. I do not want to mess with the Windows boot loader, so as the sentence from the guide at the bottom states, tried to put GRUB onto the newly created partition for Ubuntu. I could not because upon choosing the device (which turned out to /dev/sda5) , the "OK" button was disabled

"Manual" option was chosen above - on a second try, I chose "use all available free space" and Ubuntu created #5 and #6 on SCSI1 (0, 0, 0). The new device was /dev-sda-1, but again, Ubuntu would not put the boot loader on it.

"If you have a problem with changing the MBR code, you might prefer to just install the code for pointing to GRUB to the first sector of your Ubuntu partition instead."

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Ubuntu Installation :: U10.10 - Fails To Boot From Disc / Sort It?

Nov 13, 2010

I have an ASUS G51J notebook with Windows 7 installed. I was following This Guide. I set aside about 100GB for the Unallocated partition. When I started my laptop, I chose to boot from CD (which has an Ubuntu 10.10 ISO on it). I saw a purple background with two icons at the bottom of the screen, and eventually "Ubuntu" appeared in the center with a few dots underneath it. These dots would change color from left to right like a loading bar.

This is where my issue comes up. My friend was using this same CD on his Dell laptop and his desktop which has a XFX motherboard, Q6600 processor, and Invidia 470 graphics card. After this "loading bar" was done, he would be asked if he wanted to boot or install Ubuntu.

This didn't happen for me. What happened instead was that I saw what looked like my Windows desktop after having gone through a meat grinder. There were various icons randomly in pieces all over the place. The only icon that was in one piece (by chance) was my shortcut to Skype.

Has anyone seen this before? Am I doing something wrong? My friend was saying that maybe I should try with a fresh reinstall of Windows and try again. I wasn't even given the choice to just boot from disc. It got to the point where I expected it to give me the options to do so, but instead the Kansas version of my desktop shows up after being hit by an F5

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Anyway, I upgraded to the newest edition of Ubuntu and installed the new Grub as the update seemed to recommend installing it to every partition and hard drive. I've seen that other people are now having issues from doing that as well.

I am able to boot into Linux just fine; it is working great. However, when I attempted to load Windows XP from Grub, the computer would just restart. I followed the recommendation listed here: http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/sh...95&postcount=3 which seemed to fix the problem for Windows 7 users. Now, all I get when I attempt to load XP is a blank screen with nothing but a blinking cursor (but hey, at least the computer isn't just automatically re-booting, that's some sort of progress...maybe...)

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Mar 16, 2011

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Key board has no issue as I can use it in Windows.

I tried to boot the lice cd in text mode and it worked very fine from there I installed the system on to my HDD in dual boot mode with windows XP. But after installation when I boot opensuse from HDD it stucks at the same position.

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How can I use opensuse. I have even tried ubuntu 10.10 but it also hangs while booting or after booting. So far I have been able to manage only Sabayon Linux working on this machine however the ubuntu 9.10 was working on this system and it also started behaving similarly after I upgraded it to ubuntu 10.04.

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Dec 4, 2010

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Sep 1, 2011

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Nov 23, 2010

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