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I have a Hp mini netbook that has been wiped clean, there is nothing other than the bios on it, it has no DVD and I don't have an external DVD. I can change the boot order to boot from a usb device.

I have downloaded ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386

I have one of these currently formatted to NTFS but I can format to exFAT

I have tried Linuxlive USB creator, all that managed to do was dual boot the desktop pc that I'm working off, and when booting on the wiped clean netbook, just left me with a black screen with a blinking cursor

I have also tried Unetbootin, this managed to change my 'My Computer' icon to Install Ubuntu (C:) and now again, my desktop pc dual boots with the Wubi software, the Unetbootin, wouldn't let me select my external drive to write to

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Are you trying to install Ubuntu on the external hard disk or on the internal hard disk by booting through the external one? My expereience with Unetbootin is quite positive for the creation of a bootable pendrive. – To Do Oct 15 '12 at 9:56

You should try Pendrive Linux. Instructions for Ubuntu are here:

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Thank you otus, I will try that now – Jaymz Oct 15 '12 at 9:33

On the HP mini 2133 you have to press F9 on boot to go to the boot device menu. Here you can find information on how to create bootable USB media and install Ubuntu. For Ubuntu 12.04 the guide is this. I hope it helps. Try it out and feel welcome to ask about any specific issues you might experience.

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It's probably something to do with the ntfs partition. Create a FAT partition on your portable drive AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DISK and use Rufus to write the iso file again to that new FAT partition. The try it again on the HP.

It would be wise to find out more details about your HP Mini. Is it any UEFI or BIOS laptop? Does it supports GPT partition table or just MBR? Rufus offers multiple options depending on what your hardware is capable of.

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Linux based os such as ubuntu cannot recognized unused space of an hard disk they must be at least one primary partition on your hard disk .So with any window based os first make sure that you have one primary partition where you can put your os.

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This has always been and will always be wrong. Linux can see free unused space of a disk, and can manipulate partitions. That's a prerequisite for most any OS. – Thomas Ward Jul 1 '15 at 23:47
What do you mean by cannot recognize unused space? It can automatically create swap and ext partition, and install itself to it! Maybe it can't see hard drives without a partition table, but all hard disks come will a predefined partition table, be it MBR or GPT. Aye! – ipse lute Jun 7 at 10:31

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