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I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.10. However, I get the following error:

(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

I get this every time I try to install it on an old dual core PC. I'm booting from a USB but don't have any other USB ports in use.

Is there something in particular that I'm doing wrong or should I try installing using a CD?

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Shoulda said, it's 12.10 – James Jan 8 '13 at 16:03
How did you create the live USB? Does it work on other computers? – To Do Jan 8 '13 at 17:15
I used the UUI that Ubuntu suggested and I've not had chance to use it on another computer. Thanks for any help Ps, thanks Aditya for editing – James Jan 8 '13 at 19:48
Same question! I'm on a MacBook – pratnala Jan 10 '13 at 8:14
The provided information are not sufficient for troubleshooting. Note that there is an issue on some Gigabyte mainboards with the IOMMU. vote to close possible duplicate of "unable to find a medium containing a live file system" error when installing – LiveWireBT Jan 8 '15 at 7:25

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