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I recently downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a flashdrive to try Linux out and installed the file and used the universal USB installer to install that file onto my flashdrive. After changing the boot sequence on my laptop, I got a screen asking me for what language I wanted so I clicked English, but after that it just gave be a black screen and I can type stuff on it. I rebooted my laptop and I got the black screen again, not the Ubuntu interface.

Am I doing anything wrong here while trying to boot up from my flashdrive, because I really want to give Linux a try!

Any help would be appreciated on this!

Edit: The question that my question appears to be similar to asks for where to get the ISO file, not why I'm getting a black screen every time I boot up from my pendrive. I have the iso downloaded from unetbootin on my flashdrive and my boot sequence changed in my bios settings, but every time I boot up ubuntu, I get a purple screen and then I get a black screen and I can type words, numbers, etc on it.

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marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Alvar, Braiam, guntbert, Florian Diesch Dec 18 '13 at 7:27

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

P.S. I'm completely new to this, so there might be something stupid that I forgot to do. – nick Dec 16 '13 at 3:14
yes,try unetbootin. – Avinash Raj Dec 16 '13 at 3:25
well apparently after deleting a folder from my flashdrive, I was able to get the Ubuntu Logo after clicking enter on "Try Ubuntu Before installing," and while it was loading, it turned up an error that said: "Unable to find a file containing a live file system" – nick Dec 16 '13 at 3:29
plz format the flashdrive to fat32 filesystem and recreate bootable usb via unetbootin. – Avinash Raj Dec 16 '13 at 3:31
the flashdrive is fat32 format, but I'll try using unetbootin this time. – nick Dec 16 '13 at 3:33

A lot of people report problems when trying to use Universal. Try UNetbootin or Startup Disk Creator, (from the Live DVD).

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