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I have tried to boot from a USB drive using three different programs, LinuxLive USB creator, Universal USB creator, and UNetBootin. I am using a Dell Latitude E5410 running Windows 7 and am trying to install Ubuntu 12.04.

Each time I select boot from USB device, I get to a menu with options to try Ubuntu without installing, boot into Ubuntu, and install on Hard Disk. No matter which option I choose my screen goes to a not-quite-black color and nothing happens. I have to disconnect my laptop from its power source to restart it.

I was wondering if there might be a problem with my USB stick(Sandisk Cruzer 8GB). I tried using the "check drive for errors" option from My Computer -> Removable Disk (F:) -> Properties -> Tools but it said no error found.

It was suggested to me that this might be a problem with my video card. My video card is an Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator HD(Core i5).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Did you try a different USB drive? Thats the easiest way to find out if it is the USB. You can get a 2gb USB at Walmart for like $5. – LinuxPCplus Jan 25 '13 at 15:38
@LinuxPCplus tried to different USB drives and it still hasn't made any differences. – user1691145 Jan 25 '13 at 22:48
Figure out the solution. If using UNetBootin, you must press tab at the screen with the options. Then remove the quiet splash parameters before the '--' and type 'nomodeset xforcevesa' and press enter. – user1691145 Jan 26 '13 at 20:45
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ok. This was the solution:

1) hit tab when you get to the menu that comes up when you boot from it

2) look for the end of the string, before --

3) remove the "quiet" and "splash" parameters and add "nomodeset xforcevesa" and press enter

Thanks everyone for the help!

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Not sure if this helps or not, but try pendrivelinux to make the bootable usb, I tried it and could install ubuntu fine, even with a 2 GB microsd.

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Try this program:

In step 3: specify Format Drive

In step 4: specify 0 MB

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No such luck. Same result as always :( I'm going to give up and try a CD-ROM. – user1691145 Jan 25 '13 at 22:47
Even so I think it's a problem USB drive... It is interesting to see the results with DVD drive. – Sergey Kozlov Jan 29 '13 at 11:47

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