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This was an official 64-bit download from the Ubuntu site, so it's kind of sad to see even that's not working.

I made a bootable Ubuntu 12.10 USB stick with USB Image Writer (mintstick) on Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon and then shut down after ejecting the drive. When I put the drive back in and boot from it, a message shows briefly: 'isolinux.bin missing or corrupt,' before going black and booting to Mint.

I have tried Unetbootin instead of Mint's USB Image Writer but the USB drive does not show. Unetbootin has not worked for me in the past anyway whenever creating live USBs.

USB is formatted to msdos. Did not tamper w/ partitions, etc. in GParted, Disks, etc.

I have seen this issue asked once before on this website and other times across the web, but no one gives a good answer other than it's probably a bad download. If so, it's pretty disappointing because this is the official Ubuntu.com download link.

Any ideas? Are there any other alternate download mirrors besides the official one (that don't take hours to download)?

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This likely relates to the bootloader not matching the kernel being loaded by Ubuntu 12.10. Have you tried with 12.04 LTS? Have you checked the download, using MD5 checksum? –  david6 Feb 16 '13 at 5:59
    
Have you done an md5sumand make sure that the USB drive is Fat32 formatted. –  Mitch Feb 16 '13 at 5:59
    
In case you have download problems, you can try jdownloader instead of looking for alternative sites, which might be risky. –  Sadi Feb 16 '13 at 11:35

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I came across this problem(isolinux.bin missing or corrupt) recently. The flash disk is made by dd, the iso file is of 12.04.3 64 bit. I fix this by change BIOS setting: change

USB Flash Drive Emulation Type

from 'auto' to 'hard drive'. Hope this helps.

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I recommend this as the best solution to create a live USB:

  1. Use GParted to create a blank USB with FAT32 format.
  2. Install MultiSystem and use it to create a live USB from internet or from an iso file already downloaded.

(I've just created one from Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit iso file yesterday)

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Might be a buggy BIOS ("firmware" to be more precise). Updating might help. Otherwise try UEFI mode instead of BIOS mode if available in the firmware setup. Or try a boot image that only supports BIOS systems. Good luck!

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