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I am trying to load Ubuntu 12.04.2 on my Asus EEE PC 1000 HD. The PC has no disc drive so I have used tools from pendrivelinux.com to put Ubuntu 12.02.2 LTE onto a thumb drive.

I can successfully run Ubuntu from the thumb drive, and there on the desktop is the option to "Install Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS". I get through the preparation stage and the installation starts, then...

as soon as the Installer reaches the "Copying files..." I get a dialogue pop-up that says:

The installer encountered an error copying files to the hard disk:

[Errno 5] Input/output Error

This is often due to a faulty CD/DVD disk or drive... ...check whether the hard disk is old and in need of replacement, or to move the system to a cooler environment.

Googling this Error Message returns a lot of hits, and I have tried a few of the suggestions with no results. Any hints?


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This hints at a hardware fault. Either your pendrive could not be read, or your Asus hard drive could not be written to. If you run 'dmesg' in a terminal, you may see a longer, more detailed, more cryptic error message that should tell you if it was a read problem or a write problem. –  Marius Gedminas Aug 19 '13 at 6:22
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