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Ubuntu live cd : black screen and blinking cursor

I try to install ubuntu 12.04 on my computer. I can get to the purple screen on the live cd but then, if I choose "Installing Ubuntu", I have a black screen with a cursor blinking (and nothing else ...
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Deleted Kernels from Full Disk Encrypted Ubuntu 14.04 with home directory encryption - help?

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 OS on which I enabled full-disk encryption and home directory encryption. In the process of updating Ubuntu my boot folder was too full to update so I ran a command I thought ...
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Boot ISO file via GRUB2

I'm migrating my multiboot USB drive from syslinux+grub to grub2. I'm now searching a way to boot my ISO files. I'm searching for a chainload method. So I don't want to add kernel and initrd ...
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Can't boot a live usb .iso in UEFI mode on Lenovo Edge-15 laptop

I was trying to install Gentoo on my laptop Lenovo Edge-15, but I'm having problems booting a live usb .iso in UEFI mode. I then tried to install Ubuntu, Arch, and Fedora, and seem to be having the ...
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Can't boot, new usb device found

When trying to boot into the Ubuntu live usb, I get new usb device found idvendor=1d6b idproduct=0003, and it hangs there, refusing to boot. Ubuntu 14.04 booting into install or live mode, uefi and ...
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Apparmor is not functioning

When I check the status of Apparmor, I get this: xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ sudo apparmor_status apparmor module is loaded. 0 profiles are loaded. 0 profiles are in enforce mode. 0 profiles are in complain ...
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Live USB not booting in Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 [on hold]

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 with most recent BIOS version. I created a USB stick to book Ubuntu from but the IdeaPad does not list/show the stick when I want to select it for booting? I did try all ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 liveusb boot screen graphic errors

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on my Lenovo Y500 laptop. It came preinstalled with Windows 8. I want to install it in a separate partition with a USB drive. I have tried both Unetbootin and ...
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What is the user / password to login the live dvd system? [duplicate]

I have the bootable dvd from the Aug 2015 copy of Linux Format Mag but cannot proceed past the login .. what is the default user / password?
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Ubuntu live usb and installation freezes

the problem is, that the ubuntu 15.04 64bit as well as the 14.04 64bit live usb I created freezes at random points during the installation as well as when I use it as a live cd. I verified the usb ...
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USB's storage capacity reduced to 2 MB from 16 GB

I downloaded ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64. On Ubuntu's web page, I saw a link for making a bootable USB drive option, then I downloaded Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.3.3 and I made my USB bootable. ...
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Live USB Instructions for Mac don't work for 12.10

The are several guides online (including a few on the ubuntu website) that follow the general pattern of instructions found in this one. I assume that at some point, this worked. However, on an ...
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Write to a non-existant device using dd

Hello I wanted to write an iso image to an USB stick (which is in /dev/sdd) but I've made a slight typo, instead of typing: dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/sdd I typed: dd ...
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14.04.2 ubuntu installation using hyper-v VM

i am new to Ubuntu. i tried installing 14.04.2 using dual boot, i was able to install Ubuntu, but had issues with my win8.1 boot, so i went back to win8.1 only (that uninstalled ubuntu though) now ...
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How to change the boot menu icons + rename on my MacBook Air for a liveUSB

So I have a liveUSB with persitence installed with unetbootin from my mac (using this tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpwrrQ36yqM ), and it works perfectly. However, when booting my mac ...
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Booting Ubuntu 15.04 in WIndows 8.1 (Pre Installed) [duplicate]

I am trying to install Ubuntu 15.04 alongside windows 8.1. I made a live usb stick using UnetBootin, I put the usb stick and and restarted my 8.1 PC . I pressed F1, no boot menu appeared. Neither ...
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Ubunty Bootable USB to ISO

I am using a Windows laptop (don't have access to Ubuntu device yet). I have however an Ubuntu Bootable USB which is tested and works. My laptop has a problem booting from USB, so i am trying to ...
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How to install Ubuntu from a Ubuntu installation? [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu onto a laptop. I know that I can boot into a liveUSB of Ubuntu and install Ubuntu onto my external hard drive but I was wondering if there is a way to install Ubuntu onto the ...
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can ubuntu 15.04 be installed using a Asus sabertooth Z97 mark 1 mother board?

Today I decided that I would try and install Ubuntu 15.04 along side Windows 8.1 as I have been having troubles with disk and CPU usage being at 90% or higher for no reason at all. I have followed ...
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Booting off of a usb

I Have Recently Dual-Booted a asus x401a netbook with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 15.04. Every time I want to boot into Ubuntu, I have to boot off of US to access the Grub boot menu, But once booted I can ...
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Can't boot from USB “Secure boot not enabled”

I followed how to Create a bootable USB stick on Windows for creating a USB install with persistence. but when I try to boot from USB, I get this 1 line message "Secure boot not enabled". It's white ...
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USB Stick with the latest distro packages.

Let us suppose that I download the Ubuntu 15.04 ISO file from the website, and using the USB Disk creator or UNetBootin, create a USB Stick. Now is it possible to update the USB stick with the ...
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Reliable bootable USB creator in Ubuntu

I need a reliable application which will make usb pen drives bootable. Recently, I tried creating a bootable lubuntu-13-04-alternate usb on a ubuntu 12.10 system but ended up with 'boot error' when ...
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Cannot get past Dell “setup” while installing Ubuntu on a USB

I was given a Dell Dimension e521, no operating system and a mystery 160GB Hard drive. By using a USB flash drive to install Ubuntu Studio 14.04, I cannot get past the Built-in Bios? I keep getting a ...
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Hide windows 7 partition from Ubuntu 12.04 USB

I am so hopelessly tired of following posts on all forums including this one. I only want my windows 7 partition to be invisible from my Ubuntu 12.04 which I install and run from a USB flash drive. I ...
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USB drive install of Ubuntu 12.04 Server fails - can't find components from CD-ROM

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server (32bit) on a machine here using a USB stick. I used the Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.4 which has support for 12.04 server to get the ISO onto the USB drive. ...
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How to create a live system on usb-drive with persistent changes on disk/hdd

I was trying to install Ubuntu live on a USB-drive with persistent changes. However i wanted to write the changes to HDD instead of USB for various reasons (Performance, Space). I found out, that the ...
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Deleted linux partition from windows, don't have any ISO backup, can I recover grub?

This may look like a duplicate but my situation is quite different:- I always create two partitions to install Ubuntu- swap and root. I create LiveUSB first and THEN delete the previous linux ...
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How to install Ubuntu 32-bit on Asus C300 chromebook

I have just purchased a chromebook, Asus C300, in hopes that I would be able to install ubuntu on it instead of chrome os. The other options I see are chrubuntu and crouton but neither really give me ...
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Unable to run Ubuntu 12.04 without USB flash drive

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu from a USB flash drive. Now, when I turn on my notebook, it displays only _. When insert the USB drive it's ok. I tried changing BIOS settings: some booting options, but ...
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Persistence USB with External Python Libraries

I have a fresh install of a Ubuntu 14.04 on a flash drive with 4GB persistence space, and I want to install easy_install, pip, ipython, and other external python libraries that can easily be accessed ...
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Live Ubuntu USB drive with persistence - headless install

I am looking for a way to make a Live USB with Persistence that can be run headless (i.e. by a bash script, therefor with no GUI interaction), either from Mac OS or Ubuntu. I need this to be able to ...
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14.04 Live gparted errors with ntfs partitions

I recently got a new(ish) computer, and I wanted to install Ubuntu on it (I use a [outdated] version on my main computer, so I figured it was no big deal.) I want to dualboot, so I opened up gparted ...
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Disk errors while trying to boot LiveUSB on laptop

I made an Ubuntu 15.04 LiveUSB and now am trying to boot it to install on a SSD. While trying to boot from it the following errors happen: [ 7.027548] ACPI PCC probe failed. starting version 219 ...
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Installing Ubuntu from Live iso to hard drive

I am trying to image 75 acer aspire's for the school I work for with Ubuntu 14.04 - it needed a couple extras like chrome and our wireless configuration for example. I created a live boot using ...
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Multi os booting using pen drive [duplicate]

I have a question - can i boot multiple OS like Ubuntu and windows at a time using pen drive ? because the file system are different. if yes then how can i do this ?
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Ubuntu 12.04 live USB just wiped my main install's /home for no apparent reason

As the title says, I've been trying to reinstall Ubuntu (it died and boot repair won't work), and while I'm checking things on my (very out of date, but it can't be helped as my internet's too slow to ...
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Can I copy my Ubuntu OS off my hard drive to a USB stick and boot from that stick with all my programs?

I'll be travelling and I hope to back up my laptop in case it gets stolen. I wonder if I can make my backup a bootable USB flash drive, that way I could just have my system as-is on stick and use it ...
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Switching computers with a persistent usb

I am trying to create a USB Drive to run the OS on several different computers, without installing anything to the computers themselves. I used pen drive Linux to create a bootable Live USB and have 4 ...
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Booting a Sony Vaio computer running Windows 8.1 in Ubuntu from a USB drive

I have Sony VAIO Tap 20 with Windows 8.1 installed. I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 or 15.04 on it, but I am failing right from the beginning. I cannot get Ubuntu to launch. One particularity is that ...
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Live USB creating additional partitions

Does loading Ubuntu from a live USB create additional partitions? Because, every time I load Ubuntu from a live USB, they create small additional partitions (sda1 in screenshot below)! What can I ...
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Logged as root changes are not made

Firstly I want to mention that my hard-drive today stopped to boot Ubuntu, because of I/O read errors. The problem seems to be related to a hardware one, not a logical one. I used Hirens tools on a ...
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The installer needs to remove operating system files from the install target, but was unable to do so. The install cannot continue

After breaking Ubuntu I decided to reinstall Ubuntu, since I had heard it is quite simple with a live CD/USB, all you need to do is select "Something Else", then not select the "Format Partition" ...
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How to find full path for device file of usb camera connected?

i have connected my logitech quickcam E2500 and i want to know the path to the device file. what is the code to find it.
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Can't install alternate CD from USB?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 with full hard disk encryption. After downloading and installing the Ubuntu live CD, I learned that truecrypt doesn't support full disk encryption on Linux. I also ...
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How to create Ubuntu LiveUSB manually

The thing I'm trying to do: Make a bootable USB with two partitions (bootable FAT32 and NTFS for data). (DONE) Install GRUB2 to FAT32 partition. (DONE) Make FAT32 partition multiboot, with ...
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How to fix syslinux error creating a bootable USB stick in Windows?

I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 desktop and I am trying to create a bootable USB drive using the universal USB installer. However, I keep getting the message: An error(1) occurred while executing ...
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Disks utility says SMART is not supported, is there a workaround or aother way to troubleshoot?

I am using the Live USB to troubleshoot a troublesome hard drive. I want to run the self-test but as you can see in the image below that it says "SMART is not supported" and because of this I can't ...
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Can't boot from liveUSB when trying to install it alongside Windows 7

I'm very noob at Linux and installing techniques. I want to install 12.04 from bootable usb flash alongside Windows 7 (also tried live CD but not working) but computer is not booting from USB flash or ...