USB drive prepared for installation of Kubuntu 9.10, but laptop does not boot from it.

Jerry Lapham rjlapham at
Wed Dec 23 03:02:10 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 22 December 2009 06:13:50 pm Bas Roufs wrote:

> Hello everybody
> Today, I transferred a Kubuntu 9.10 i386 image file to a USB stick via
> usb-creator-kde.  - From this stick, I am trying to install Kubuntu 9.10 at
> a laptop, whose CD/ DVD combo drive does not work very well. Earlier,
> several attempts to install Kubuntu from CD failed. Also the Knoppix CD
>  does not work any more in this CD/ DVD combo drive. That's why, i am
>  trying now to this USB stick. When checking the files at the USB stick via
>  Dolphin, I see exactly the same files as those at the CD I used before.
>  For the preparation of the USB drive, I have followed the instructions at
>  this page:
> The laptop is a Medion MD5400, produced in 1992. In it's BIOS, I have
> selected 'removable drives'  as the first drives to boot from. However, the
> laptop simply does not boot from it. The laptop boots from the HD, where I
> installed Kubuntu 9.04. But already in the beginning, the following message
> appears:
> *GRUB loading, please wait....
> Error 15.*
> I do not manage to avoid 'Error 15' by booting the USB stick. After 'Error
> 15' , everything simply stagnates, until I try to reboot via
> Does anybody have a clue on how to get the laptop booting from the USB
> stick?

I've never heard of a BIOS that old that supported booting from a USB drive.

Jerry Lapham
Monroe, OH  45050
rjlapham at
Trackball: a mouse that went belly up.

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