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I would like to install Ubuntu using a live USB. I created the bootable USB following instructions from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows with another laptop running Windows.

My notebook came without an OS. I've inserted the USB and pressed Fn while it starts up. When I turn it on, it shows the manufacturer splash screen, then the following options:

1 - Load FreeDOS with maximum RAM free, using EMM386 2 - Load FreeDOS including HIMEM XMS-memory driver 3 - Load FreeDOS without drivers

Enter a choice: [ ]

F5=Bypass startup files F8=Confirm each line of CONFIG.SYS/AUTOEXEC.BAT [N]

The notebook I want to install Ubuntu on is an Asus K45VM. What I would like to know is how to make it boot from the USB drive.

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It looks like you've made a bootable USB stick for freeDOS, not Ubuntu. Normally you would download the ISO for Ubuntu Desktop (32 bit recommended usually) and use the Windows version of Universal USB installer or Linux Live Creator to create the bootable USB

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Out of curiosity, I tried using the first pendrive I created and was able to install Ubuntu on my older laptop, but not the Asus. The Asus can't read the USB because (my theory) there are no drivers in FreeDOS to do it. It says FAT 32 not supported when I check the directory on F: I've figured out how to change the boot priority though, and boot from the DVD drive, so I'll burn a live CD instead and try installing from there. This process is such a pain for a non-techie, but I know it's worth it. :) –  kettle Dec 24 '12 at 5:29
I thought I'd hit the jackpot after seeing the purple Ubuntu install splash screen (after booting to the live CD), but I got a timeout message and the screen went blank. –  kettle Dec 24 '12 at 6:16
Consider this problem closed. I made a bootable disk of 12.04 LTS, did the usual checks to verify the file and disk, and booted from it. At this point the gremlins were not done with me yet - 75% into the process, it stalled. I rebooted to the option Try without installing, and once 12.04 was up and running, installed from there. –  kettle Dec 28 '12 at 7:59

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