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Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit boots live CD but can't install on Sony Vaio SVS1511

I need some help. During install first steps ubuntu installer stops during HDD detection.(just before he asks about install side by side with win). It is a 750gb seagate with UEFI system and win 7 64 ...
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Lubuntu 12.10 : won't boot, won't let to boot from LiveCD/USB either

After a force reboot Lubuntu "boots" into a black screen with a blinking cursor. When trying to boot from LiveCD/USB I get the same result, so I can't access the system at all. BIOS update didn't ...
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(Xubuntu) no touchpad or mouse on Aspire One D270

I installed Xubuntu 12.10 on an Aspire One D270 using a Live USB. Initially, the live USB wouldn't boot, but by running sudo apt-get dist-upgrade on it (on a different machine), I upgraded the kernel ...
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How do I upgrade my Windows 7 install to Windows 8 while booting from Ubuntu live USB? [closed]

My Windows 7 install recently broke, and instead of reinstalling I decided I might as well upgrade it to Windows 8. To save money, I got the cheaper downloadable version of the Windows 8 installer and ...
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Invalid or damaged bootable partition [duplicate]

I downloaded Ubuntu from the Ubuntu website and copied it to a pen drive. On booting it I'm getting an error stating Invalid or damaged bootable partition. How can I resolve this problem?
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Why can't I delete an item(in this case a java tar.gz) file of usb live boot for Xubuntu 12.10?

I am booting Xubuntu 12.10 off a live usb and cannot delete a tar.gz file, every time i try to delete the file it says it cannot find or create the trash directory :( is there anyway to fix this so i ...
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop on usb stick

trying to install Ubuntu Desktop on a USB stick but I do not succeed. First time I tried, the USB stick contained an installation of USB server and I wanted to start over again. However, it ...
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Mount an image created from ddrescue

I know this question has been asked before, but following those answers does not seem to work for me. I have created an image of a USB stick this is on my laptop harddrive. How do I mount this ...
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Cannot detect Windows 8 from Ubuntu 12.04 Live USB installation on Toshiba qosmio x870

From other questions raised, I read that if Ubuntu Live USB boots in UEFI mode then it should detect Windows 8 during installation. During installation, I only see two options, Erase disk and install ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Live USB BootError

I am a Linux Newbee, running ubuntu 12.04 i386 on a 64-bit machine. Now I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 AMD64 iso and made a bootable USB using Startup Disk Creator. I was directed to install ...
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accessing live usb files from new hd ubuntu install

After my live USB (ubuntu 12.04 lts) refused to boot, I proceeded to install the same Ubuntu version on the laptop hard drive (a dual boot next to Win xp). This all went well without a hitch. Previous ...
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No WIFI or LAN on Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 Live CD/USB using Toshiba qosmio x870

I recently had issues with secure boot and couldn't boot the Live CD/USB but after disabling secure boot, I was able to 'TRY UBUNTU'. My currently problem is that I can't access WIFI or LAN from ...
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Can I partition with my live usb key?

I have a live usb created from linuxliveusb. I have win 7 installed and have 60 gb of unallocated space. I would like to install my ubuntu (12.04) in a primary partition (since someone instructed me ...
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Is is possible to use a ntfs usb disk as a liveusb with Startup Disk Creator?

I have an USB harddrive with NTFS (for compatibility with windows and support of large files, so FAT is not an option). I would like to use that harddrive as LiveUSB. Ubuntu help says that it is ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 64 bits not booting on a Dell Inspiron 15z Puissance (French) in UEFI mode

When trying to start Ubuntu from my USB key in UEFI mode (it works in Legacy mode, but I have to keep Windows) on a Dell Inspiron 15z , Grub starts, but when I choose any option, I get a black screen ...
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How do I save the settings on a Ubuntu Live USB?

I made a bootable USB pendrive which works just like a live CD. When I use it and make changes, for example, install an application, it does not save the changes I make on next reboot. Is it possible ...
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Error in Using Gparted to add Unallocated space

I'm trying to Add Unallocated space to my Ubuntu partition which is inside an extended partition. i get this error: GParted 0.12.1 --enable-libparted-dmraid Libparted 2.3 Move /dev/sda3 to the left ...
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Installation of Ubuntu 12.10 not sucessful in Samsung np100 notebook

After installation of Ubuntu 12.10 from USB made using the Startup Disk Creator, on new Samsung NP-N100S-E01IN notebook it does not boot. On booting the system just runs an update and stops with ...
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I wanna partition more space for Ubuntu! (dual booting w/ Windows 7)

So, I bought this computer recently, and immediately dual-booted Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with it. The other day, unfortunately, I ran out of the mere 20 or so gigs alloted to me (out of about 700). I'd like ...
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Installing along side of Windows 8

It appears as though many people are having problems installing Ubuntu along side Windows 8. My problem, however, seems to be sufficiently different to be unique among such problems. I can't get the ...
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Scheduled backup and clone of Ubuntu USB live

I created a USB live with Ubuntu and works just great. However, I would want to know how to master this portable solution. My first concern is data lose (maybe the stick gets lost, maybe damaged) so ...
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Problem creating bootable USB on mac

I am following the procedure from This Page I have a 2012 macbook pro 13 inch and I am using a PNY 8gb flash drive. I have downloaded version 12.10 and already converted it into a .img file. My ...
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How to install 12.04 on a pendrive?

All I want to do is, install ubuntu onto a pendrive, so that I don't need to use my internal HDD. Another motto is to install packages on Ubuntu, in pendrive(so I don't want to use the 'live pendrive' ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 live-usb won't boot

I own an Aleutia "Tango" low power PC. It uses a Intel Atom CPU N2800 @1.86GHz processor. I know there are Linux issues with the "Cedar Trail" graphics on this hardware but I can happily run Ubuntu ...
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How to get a Toshiba L505 to boot USB or CD

OK, have a Toshiba L505 (not sure of the extended model number) that got a virus on Windows and will no longer will boot into that, so I'm trying to revive it with Ubuntu. Problem is, when I tell it ...
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Stop ubuntu from reading a drive automatically

I'm running my laptop using Ubuntu 12.04 on a USB HDD as the laptop's HDD has failed. Whenever I boot or do a grub update etc, it takes forever because it scans for the failed drive about 20 times and ...
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cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.10 64bit using a liveUsb and I got this message : cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow which shows up after clicking on "try Ubuntu before installing" or install Ubuntu". ...
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Laptop does not boot from usb memory at all

I put USB in the boot order first and I tried to select it from the boot menu, but it boots only from hdd every time. I have an USB3 stick 32 GB and created t a bootable stick with startup disk ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 live USB installation hangs

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook Air 1,1. I made a live USB stick using Penguintosh (the more common methods failed). Now, the regular amd64+mac installation hangs the moment I click on ...
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Can't open a separate usbdrive when booting from a liveusb install 12.10

My problem is using a separate flash drive when running from my live usb of ubuntu 12.10. The problem is that when I choose to Try Ubuntu from this usb drive it no longer lets me access my other flash ...
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I get “Boot error” while i try to boot my pc with a live usb, any help?

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.04 (clean install) on a system that already has 11.10. But while i insert the usb and try to boot from it get "Boot error" on a black screen. I previously installed ...
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Using 12.04 installation as a persistent pen drive

Disclaimer: I aim to build a self contained pen drive with our application inside for running it in as many machines as possible. Portability. So no matter about updates. Maybe I'm looking at the ...
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How to install the MPEG-4 AAC decoder and the H.264 decoder?

Where do I get the MPEG-4 AAC decoder, and the H.264 decoder. How to install them and play the multimedia?
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Live USB for Ubuntu 12.10 doesn't boot

I'm having some trouble installing Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop. I downloaded the iso file from ubuntu and with startup disk creator created startup on mu usb-stick. I changed the boot sequence from hdd ...
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Can I update my USB stick to a new version without filling it up and ruining the persistent space?

I have a 4GB stick with Lubuntu on it, and 3GB is assigned to persistence. Would I be able to update 12.10 without filling it up and making it useless until I fix it?
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How do I install Ubuntu without using a LiveCD/USB?

There appear to be two types of Ubuntu installations: 'live' installations (typically USB or CD) and what I'm going to call 'full' installations (typically on an internal HDD). Full installations can ...
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Can't boot from USB flash drive (Thinkpad T430i)

I had a Wubi install to try Ubuntu out, and decided that I want to do a proper install. I uninstalled Wubi, downloaded Ubuntu desktop 12.10 (32-bit) and put it on an 8 GB fat32 USB flash drive ...
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Bootable USB drive won't run installation [duplicate]

I am having issues installing 12.10 on a laptop from bootable USB Drive 4GB FAT32. Also I changed order on BIOS to boot from USB. But only I see is the black screen with SYSLINUX 4.06 EDD 4.06-pre7 ...
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How to change boot priority?

I have a laptop with Ubuntu installed as the only OS. I also have a USB stick with a Windows 7 installation on it. I want to install Windows from the USB stick on my laptop but when I try to restart ...
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How to force USB to use same device ID instead of new one?

I am having some trouble in automating the task. I am testing some android based mobiles in Linux machine. The automation script uses the device ID under /dev/bus/usb/001/"053" it will be always under ...
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BIOS is not showing device booting list after installing ubuntu12.10 64ibt

Bios is not showing device booting list after installing UBUNTU12.10 64 bit and because of which I am unable to install another OS through my bootable usb. Installing ubuntu12.10 64 bit has changed ...
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I get a “no default or ui configuration directive found” on boot [duplicate]

No default or UI configuration directive found. I get this error when I tried to reboot Ubuntu with the DiskOnKey flash drive.
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Can I use live USB to format HD and install Ubuntu with it?

I've tried to install Ubuntu on my computer and now can't even turn it on. The problem is that the computer CD-ROM is not working so I was trying to get it on a USB somehow. The computer is old and ...
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Cannot update grub with paramters on live USB

I have booted from a live USB ("Try Ubuntu"), that also has a persistent option set (I used LiLi to create one) to do some tests for this pcie hotplug issue I'm having. I'm trying to test some boot ...
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Upgrade killed my ASUS Eeepc

On upgrading from 12.04 to 12.10, the system wouldn't reboot, it just hung. I decided on a clean install and rebooted from a USB stick with the 12.10 ISO image. On installing, it detected that 12.10 ...
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Create a bootable image on a Mac OSX to install Ubuntu on a Windows machine

Title says it all - as you can imagine, searching for the answer I have here is utterly impossible to find anything online...I tried this: ...
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Remove “Install Ubuntu” menu on persistent USB stick?

I used the Lili software to create a persistent live Ubuntu install on my usb stick, and everything appears to be running fine. However, whenever I boot the PC, Ubuntu always prompts me with the ...
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Bootable USB stick created for installation doesn't work

I've downloaded the Ubuntu 12.10 iso and followed the instructions on http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows. After I tried the usb disk I got to the Ubuntu live menu, but ...
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Ubuntu Live USB - Finding files that were stored on my flash drive

How can I find the files that were stored on my flash drive before I installed Ubuntu to it? Edit: No, I didn't format it, my files are still on the flash drive root. I just need to know how to ...
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Cannot boot from USB to install 12.10

i am a long time user of Ubuntu and this is the first time a such thing happens to me. I usually upgrade from a version to an other, but this time i wish to do a clean install. I want to totally ...