ubuntu-13.10-desktop-i386.iso: no mountable filesystem

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 23:15:38 UTC 2014

Hi Andrew,

The iso is too big for a CD, so it need a DVD disk as well as drive to
work. But standard Ubuntu 13.10 is too heavy anyway for old computers,
and I recommend a flavour with a lighter desktop environment, Lubuntu or
Xubuntu for such computers.

I think the file system is ISO 9660, but the partitioning is special,
which might create problems in some environments. And there are
advantages with the partitioning:

a. It is a hybrid iso file, that works in a DVD drive as well as cloned
in a USB drive

b. The 64-bit system (not the 32-bit system) can detect and adjust to
the BIOS/UEFI setting, run live and install into new computers.


1. There is a Lubuntu 'live CD' iso file, a desktop installer small
enough to run from a CD drive.

2. If the computer is old or has too little RAM (512 MB or less) I would

2a. the Lubuntu alternate iso file or
2b. the One Button Installer

instead of the desktop (graphical user interface) installer. The One
Button Installer installs from USB (but can be helped via Plop in really
old computers).

There are extra difficulties with Mac systems, PowerPC as well as Intel
based Macs. I have no such computer and know little about it, so I hope
someone else can give you advice that is relevant for Macs.

Best regards

2014-01-07 21:15, Andrew Moore skrev:
> There were a few issues.  First of all, the ISO was downloaded with OS X, which is not able to mount the image.  Evidently it is not in ISO 9660 format (which is readable by any OS)?   Secondly, the SHA256 checksum was verified, but the resulting DVD could not be booted by the laptop (an Inspiron 8200), and the laptop is not able (i.e., too old) to boot from USB device.  DVD can be read once the laptop is booted with Centos 6.5.  Is it possible that just as OS X is unable to mount the DVD, an older laptop may be unable to boot it?
> The long and the short of it is that Ubuntu 13.10 cannot be easily installed onto this laptop, which is unfortunate because it’s a great machine.  Any plans for a LiveCD?  Any other routes to installing?  Thank you!
> -AM
> On Jan 2, 2014, at 2:22 PM, Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2014-01-02 17:44, Ali Linx (amjjawad) skrev:
>>> On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM, Andrew Moore <slewsys at icloud.com
>>> <mailto:slewsys at icloud.com>> wrote:
>>>    Anyone try ubuntu-13.10-desktop-i386.iso?  I downloaded from
>>>    Ubuntu.com and via torrent.  Both appear to be corrupt.  Can someone
>>>    confirm this?  Thank you!
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>> Hi Andrew,
>> A few minutes ago, I downloaded the file from the official website
>> http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
>> and it matches the md5sum:
>> md5check ubuntu-13.10-desktop-i386.iso d0508f909c2c71d96aeac5efb0329b33
>> calculated md5sum=d0508f909c2c71d96aeac5efb0329b33
>> should be  md5sum=d0508f909c2c71d96aeac5efb0329b33
>> /home/sudodus/bin/md5check indicates SUCCESSFUL download :-)
>> There was probably some temporary error.
>> Best regards
>> Nio

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