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Used Universal USB Installer to make a USB stick with Ubuntu 12.04 alternate i386. Booted it.

On the menu, pressing enter on "Run Ubuntu from this USB" or "Install Ubuntu on a hard disk" does nothing. The automatic boot countdown appears at the bottom, counts down, and nothing again - resets automatic countdown, counts down, repeat indefinitely. No errors, nothing just happens.

"Test memory" starts, but cannot be stopped; ignores keyboard input and keeps running forever.

"Rescue a broken system" fails on the 4th step, loading stuff from the CD.

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Hardware specifications, Please? – Mitch May 27 '12 at 8:43
Pentium 4 @ 2.8 GHz, GeForce 6600 GT, 512 MB RAM, not sure about the rest. – Core Xii May 27 '12 at 8:52
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Used Universal USB Installer to make a USB stick

I don't know what that program is but you need to use the officially recommended UNetBootin utility to create your USB stick.

The reason it's failing is because Grub is unable to locate the boot kernel image (initramfs), and that's probably the fault of Universal USB installer.

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Thanks, that was it; UNetbootin works fine. – Core Xii May 28 '12 at 8:38

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