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I'm trying to boot the install from either a usb or cd with the iso file on them, as per umbutu install page. I set my bios to first boot from them ahead of hard drive. When I try the usb it just goes to a black screen with a small cursor blinking in the corner. When I try the cd I get the same thing and then it boots windows. What am I doing wrong?

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You've said "with the iso file on them." Just to be clear, did you actually use the .iso file to make a bootable CD or USB stick, or did you just copy the .iso to your CD or USB stick? – Kris Harper Sep 2 '11 at 21:31

It sounds like you've copied the ISO image to the USB stick and CD.

You need to create a bootable CD/USB stick rather than simply copy the ISO image.

There are instructions on the Ubuntu web site explaining how to create bootable media.

Scroll down to 2 Burn your CD or create a USB drive and click on Show me how.

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