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After booting Ubuntu 13.04 for the first time via USB, having not even installed it yet, I get the following message:

Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode=0x00000600

drm_kms_helper: panic occurred, switching back to text console

I previously dual booted Vista with Linux Mint 11. I am now locked out of Mint! I didn't even install Ubuntu or give it any commands but to boot from USB! When I try to login to Mint (which now looks different at the login screen), I get this message:

Install Problem! The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed properly. Please contact your computer administrator.

Here is exactly what I did step by step that created the issue:

  1. Downloaded and Installed Linux Live USB Creator 2.8.22
  2. Using the above program, I selected Ubuntu 13.04 to download onto my 32GB Kingston DT101 G2 USB stick. (It did detect that my USB was FAT32, and I assigned 4GB Persistent Data)
  3. I completed every step from download to installation onto the USB until it told me the USB was ready and I could go no further.
  4. I switched BIOS to boot from USB (which it considered a second harddrive)
  5. Upon booting, the Ubuntu load screen became visible, but stayed there for a very long time.
  6. After waiting for a long time, I decided it was frozen. I tapped enter (and maybe a couple other buttons) and it went to a black screen that it did not recover from after much waiting.
  7. Restarted computer while booting from USB again. Ubuntu load screen appeared again, but was followed by a black screen with the message I gave at the beginning.

I can go no further with Ubuntu 13.04 after that, as far as I can tell. As is obvious, I did NOT install it onto my system yet -- I simply tried to boot from USB -- but it somehow destroyed my Linux Mint already...

Should I just download a different OS onto my USB and try again? I'm extremely disappointed in Ubuntu 13.04. That was definitely the version I wanted, but clearly it's buggy.

P.S. I am very confident it is NOT a hardware problem. I have had no problems booting with Windows, and never had a problem booting up Linux Mint until this occasion.

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We can't help with the Mint side of things. Mint is not covered under the scope of this site. –  Thomas W. Jul 20 '13 at 3:12
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