Installing Ubuntu from flash drive

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Aug 20 04:11:10 UTC 2010

On 08/19/2010 11:27 AM, Earl Melton wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am a newbie to Linux and Ubuntu and have been reading this list for a few 
> weeks now. I wanted to install it on a friend's PC, but his CD drive apparently 
> has problems as I've tried twice and it never fully boots to the live CD. I 
> think I have read about creating an install from a USB drive, but had no need 
> for it until now. If this is possible, can someone give me the step-by-step 
> procedure for doing it? Does it take a [special] flash drive, or will any do? I 
> assume I would need to tell the BIOS to look for a bootable thumb drive? My 
> apologies if I am totally wrong on this.

You've not mentioned exactly what happens when you attempt to boot with
the liveCD. I doubt that the USB path will help much. Perhaps you can
tell us what exactly happens when you attempt to boot from the liveCD,
and also provide specifics as to what the friend's hardware is -
including which graphic card the system uses, which particular liveCD
you used, and if the liveCD passes the liveCD tests provided by the main

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