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 after choosing run live ubuntu the systems freezes and restarts itself. I've tried this on a Lenovo T61p, an HP pavilion and an Acer Aspire One; all the same results.

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You should try unetbootin to make a bootable usb. It's nice and simple

Or from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install unetbootin

also available for windows

  • OK, that worked! I downloaded unetbootin (from Windows) and followed the instructions. The the live usb worked like a charm. At least, on my Lenovo. Will try also on my other computers. Oct 24, 2012 at 12:58
  • I tried this also on my Acer Aspire One and it gave me a kernel panic. And then nothing. So... Oct 24, 2012 at 13:43

This sounds like a bad image or bad USB stick or a combination of both:

You can check the integrity of the file you downloaded here:

And after you've made the USB stick use this page to test the installer before you proceed:

  • I think it's the image. I've tried with the iso from 12.04 and it's working. But strangely, everytime I download the 12.10 iso this happens, so maybe something inside the iso isn't koosher. Oct 24, 2012 at 12:49
  • I've checked the md5 checksum and the matched. Still, the usb is not working on my HP Pavilion laptop. Oct 29, 2012 at 12:58

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