I having trouble getting to boot from a Live USB pendrive explained in Ubuntu.com website. I downloaded various ISO images and only had success in booting from Live a CD or DVD.

I've gotten newer hardware which it should be able to boot from USB. I set the BIOS option to boot from USB FDD first and I get something like in the following scene but it remains stuck in: Syslinux... Peter Avin.

I tried booting from USB with pendrivelinux.com and UNetbootin on my older machine before and I have never been able to do it successfully. In fact the only time I was able to boot a Linux distro through USB was Puppy Linux and back then I had to do a legacy Puppy Linux option done to the USB stick for my older hardware to boot from the USB.

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    do you want to boot from a usb drive to perform an installation, or is it just a generic question ? I ask because it is possible to boot from an ISO in the hard drive
    – josinalvo
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 11:24
  • Possible duplicate askubuntu.com/questions/126579/…
    – dlin
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 14:10

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Make sure you have in the bootable usb a folder called syslinux and not isolinux. If so, rename it and change isolinux.bin to syslinux.bin and isolinux.cfg to sysinux.cfg; you'll find them in the syslinux folder.

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