new laptop will not start from USB flash drive

Jared Norris jrnorris at
Mon Dec 30 14:34:08 UTC 2013

On 30 December 2013 23:37, Joep L. Blom <jlblom at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a new Asus laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed and an UEFI BIOS.
> I made a bootable USB-stick using Unetbootin with Ubuntu Studio 12.04 (I
> only use LTS distributions).
> When I put the stick in the machine and restart I see the start menu for
> choosing to try it or to install it.
> I choose try (demo version) and then the system freezes nothing is seen. The
> monitor is blank, the various leds on the frontpanel do nothing and the only
> option is to remove the USB-stick and restart Windows8.
> Can somebody show me how this can be solved? I assume it's the UEFI BIOS,
> primed to work for MS$ only but I thought that this problem had been solved.
> Thanks in advance,
> Joep
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Hello Joep,

I don't think this is some sort of conspiracy but I do think your
choice of installation media might be partly responsible. According to
a very helpful wiki page [1] "Create a LiveDVD or LiveUSB of Ubuntu
(>=12.04.2) 64bit" it would appear that the standard 12.04 will not
function with UEFI, it needs to be at least the .2 release. I'm not
certain if Ubuntu Studio do point releases but if not, that is the
first problem. The wiki page described has a very informative step by
step guide so I'd recommend going through that and letting us know at
what stage you get errors.



Jared Norris

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