Video to show what is going on

So I got ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my HP Pavillion (Model 13-128nr) and I just did a fresh install (Using Rufus) to my Usb drive and it won't boot it just goes to BusyBox

  • hello and welcome to the forum. so more info is required to help you such as what hardware are you trying this on (laptop modle ect.) and what version of ubuntu did you use to make your bookable usb (19.04,18.04 etc.) and did you try compatibility mode edit: safe graphics mode (not compatibility mode that's linux mint) – wraith3690 001 Sep 24 '19 at 23:26
  • Hello wraith3690 001, what exactly is compatibility mode? – UbuntuKid Sep 24 '19 at 23:57
  • I meant safe graphics mode (derp) should be in the grub menu list second from the top – wraith3690 001 Sep 25 '19 at 0:05
  • ok i'll try booting from that in the GRUB menu – UbuntuKid Sep 25 '19 at 0:06

Please start by checking that the download was good. You can use md5sum according to the following link,


I looked at your video clip, but it was somewhat difficult to see the output. I think you tried to create a persistent live drive with Rufus, and there was an error output similar to the following:

(initramfs) mount: mounting /cow on /root failed: invalid argument
overlay mount failed

If this happened you are adviced to run Rufus such that it does not try to create a persistent live drive. You can use 'dd mode' in Rufus, and it will create a live-only drive. 'dd mode' is cloning, a very reliable way to create a USB boot drive.

Or you can use another tool, for example

  • in Windows: Win32 Disk Imager

  • in Ubuntu:

    • the Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator
    • Disks alias gnome-disks
    • mkusb can create both a live-only drive and a persistent live drive with Ubuntu 18.04.x LTS.

Rufus should be able to create a persistent live drive with Ubuntu 19.10, which will be released next month. See also this link.

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