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I am having trouble installing Ubuntu 14.04 on a Samsung N10 netbook running Windows XP. I have followed the Ubuntu instructions and created a bootable USB stick but the N10 manual says it is set to boot from an external CD drive. If I try with the USB stick, it ignores it and boots to Windows. If I press F12 during startup for a short time, it boots to Windows; if I hold F12 down I get an error message. I don't have an external CD drive. Is there any other way I can install Ubuntu on the computer?

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some PCs like mine, choose sometimes to ignore USBs, what you can do is try another usb, if that does not work, you have to go for CDs –  Fischer Apr 20 at 12:38
    
You said you get an error message when you hold F12 during boot. What does the error message say? –  regan Apr 20 at 13:22
    
Dear regan, thanks for your answer. The error message says something along the lines that I should check for a wiring error. –  user271431 Apr 20 at 17:17
    
Dear regan, thanks for your answer. The error message says something along the lines that I should check for a wiring error. –  user271431 Apr 20 at 17:45
    
Netbooks in general should be able to boot from USB. You may need to enable that feature in the BIOS though. –  mikewhatever Apr 21 at 7:30

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