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Created bootable 11.10 in Windows from Universal USB Installer 1.8.6.8, upon boot in my HP Mini Netbook it displays only this:

SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 2011-04-18 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al
_(Blinky Cursor)

I tried removing "ui" from syslinux.cfg, no change... (Re: can't install with usb pen drive, SYSLINUX problem)

I also tried creating a bootable USB using unetbootin-windows-563, no change.

Does anybody have any other ideas?

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I'm sorry maybe this isn't the place to post this but I've tried everything that I've found on the subject (from using unetbootin, then using unetbootin 494, then pasting some lines into isolinux.cfg, then trying lili) nothing has worked so far and I still get the syslinux message. Please help. –  user137659 Mar 4 '13 at 23:11
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Go to the isolinux folder on your usb stick, open isolinux.cfg with notepad and replace everything with

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect` 

It is from Windows XP and it worked for me.

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I was having this same issue trying to install Ubuntu on my 2008 HP laptop. Make sure USB is formatted FAT32 or NTFS first. I actually tried both with no success. I also tried a few different Linux distros and multiple Linux USB creators. All gave me the same message on boot. After tinkering with the BIOS and boot order, I finally gave up and decided to blame HP, since all the boot USBs I made worked fine on my desktop pc.

I finally decided to burn the ISO to a DVD and try to boot from my external USB cd/DVD drive and everything worked fine!

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I have the same problem...

Go to:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

and select "run it with windows"

You can install it directly from windows. I just did this today and it seems to work just fine.

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If you are using a Sandisc USB stick, the problem often is the U3 partition.

use http://u3.sandisk.com/launchpadremoval.htm to remove it (from windows)

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Was having the same issue and I just had to change de syslinux.cfg by replacing this line to the default instruction :

prompt 1

Than on the boot just prompt the menu label you want to launch, in my case it was :

ubnentry1
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For me, the problem seemed to be that "Advanced boot menu" was selected instead of "Normal Boot Menu." When I switched this, it worked perfectly.

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