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I used my desktop computer to create a bootable usb drive on a 8gb flash drive. I placed the usb in my laptop, which has no current OS, and I received the following error:

syslinux 4.06 EDD 4.06-pre1 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al EDD: Error 0100 reading sector 536872960

What is going on and what do I do now?

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It appears your bootable USB drive is corrupt. Try recreating the bootable USB drive. –  Ramchandra Apte Aug 12 '12 at 12:43
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First thing to do is make sure that you format your USB stick with a FAT32.

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Download UnetBootin. UNetbootin allows for the installation of various Linux/Ubuntu distributions to a partition or USB drive, so you don't need a CD. Its available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Click here for information on How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows.

Click here for information on How to create a bootable USB stick on Ubuntu.

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Thanks for the help. I was formatted to NTFS that was my problem. –  Matt Aug 12 '12 at 15:47
    
@Matt If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted. –  Mitch Aug 12 '12 at 15:56
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