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I have an Asus F5VL that was running Vista but when I tried downloading Office 2010 the OS crashed. Now I need a recovery disk to get it back to life but I only have a macbook available to me to download anything and this has no disk capability.

I would like to give Ubuntu a try but I am wondering is it possible for me to download Ubuntu on my Macbook to my USB without affecting the Macbook and then upload to my Asus F5vl?

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thanks so much! –  bryano Mar 3 '13 at 17:21
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Go to the Ubuntu download page and download the version that you want to. I recommend you Ubuntu 12.04. After that you will have an ISO file.

You need to put the ISO file in your USB stick from your mac. Now you have a USB flash drive where you can boot Ubuntu.

All that you have to do is configure your BIOS to boot from the USB stick, save your changes, plug it and reboot. Now you can choice the Try Ubuntu option and do what you want to. And if you like it, you can easily install it erasing Windows Vista or trying other options too.

NOTE: your mac system will not be harmed, because you are using it to download a file and install it into a USB flash drive. So you are not modifying any there.

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Will try it now and revert, thanks! –  bryano Mar 3 '13 at 17:33
    
Hi, I tried that but when I hit boot from usb on the boot screen it comes up with "invalid system disk, replace the disk and press any key". Do I need to make the USB bootable or anything, all I have on it is the Ubuntu ISO. –  bryano Mar 3 '13 at 19:19
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You need to use Unetbootin or a similar software to make a bootable USB from the ISO, and then write the ISO to that USB, to ensure that it works. Unetbootin exists for Mac. If you do this, and run into a similar issue again, try redownloading the ISO file, then recreate the USB from that newly downloaded ISO, then try to boot from the USB. –  Thomas W. Mar 3 '13 at 23:26
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