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After creating a bootable USB stick on my windows computer, I turned off a seperate computer, a laptop that I owned and plugged the USB stick into the computer. I turned it on and the splash screen for the manufacturer came up, in this case, Acer. I waited 5 minutes and nothing changed, F2 and F12 were unresponsive.

I turned off the computer, plugged the USB into my netbook and booted that up. Again, it froze on the manufacturer splash, in this case, HP.

When I plugged the USB back into my main computer, it is called "Install Ubuntu (E:)" and seemingly has all the required files on it. I booted both laptops back up after removing the USB stick and both computers rebooted Windows without issue.


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USB booting is very iffy and to my knowledge there isn't an actual standard, especially on older computers. Have you tried unetbootin? – OmnipotentEntity Sep 14 '12 at 23:21
Just tried that, originally I used whatever was recommended by the Ubuntu website, but this yielded the same result. – Tony Nightingale Sep 14 '12 at 23:53

I used this one Create a usb on Windows, I hope it helps, never had a problem. Sounds like your grub got screwed up when you created the bootable usb. Let me know if it works for you.

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