I am trying to install Ubuntu on an empty, MBR, NTFS-formatted 500GB Samsung SSD. To do this, I downloaded
ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso onto my main hard drive, a Windows 10, 1TB NVME drive. I created a "live USB" using Rufus, writing in
ISO mode (default), selecting
MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI (default),
NTFS file system so I could select the
4096 cluster size shown in the tutorial. All other settings were default. The live USB seems to work fine.
When I restart my computer with the live USB set as the highest priority boot disk, I am presented with a command-line interface and the following message:
GNU GRUB version 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.17
Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device or file completions.
I was not presented with any other option. I tried downloading an older version of Ubuntu:
ubuntu-16.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso, thinking there was an issue with the current version. I had the same error. I tried to restart without luck. I am posing this question because while there seem to be a number of posts seeking to address this issue, none of the solutions have worked for me.
Any leads or step-by-step advice for a less-technical person are appreciated.