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I am a bit desperate after spending countless hours trying to install Ubuntu :(

I googled and tried everything I read, but I can't get my laptop to boot from an USB stick.

When I select it to boot from the USB stick, the screen turn black for a second, one cursor link and then it jumps back to the screen where you select from which drive to boot.

It's a new Lenovo S430 with Windows 7 pre-installed. (UEFI)

I looked through the Uefi/Bios setup options and did all what is recommended in several threads about this topic.

  • No secured boot,
  • Legacy preferred,
  • Diagnostic instead of Quick mode etc.

The USB filesystem is FAT32

I created the bootable USB stick with the tool recommended on Ubuntu.com and also with Unetbootin.

I tried it with the 64bit version of 12.04 LTS and 13.04

The only way to get Ubuntu running is with the Windows Installer. But I don't want it to run on NTFS.

So what options do I have? What can I try to get it running? Thanks!

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I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but you are loading a 64 bit system from a 32 bit formatted USB stick, could this be your problem? –  SimplySimon Aug 8 '13 at 12:11
The Universal USB Installer does the FAT32 formatting itself. Don't know - what would you recommend –  Sebastian Küpers Aug 8 '13 at 12:24
Unfortunately, I have no idea, which is why I didn't expand the comment and put it as an answer :( sorry. By the sounds of your comment, this isn't the problem anyway. –  SimplySimon Aug 8 '13 at 12:30
I found a solution. I went back to my old computer, already running Ubuntu 13.04. I created the bootable USB drive then NOT with the Windows 7 tool, BUT with the Ubuntu tool (Startup Disk Creator) like described here: ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu It then finally worked an the Lenovo S430 wanted to boot from the USB! –  Sebastian Küpers Aug 8 '13 at 15:53
Brilliant, remember that fix and if anyone has the same problem, you may be able to help them :) –  SimplySimon Aug 8 '13 at 16:04
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