I'm having a problem installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a new drive. I was running Windows7 on my SSD but when the drive crashed, I decided to use that as an excuse to make the switch to Ubuntu. I've been experimenting with it on my old laptop until I got my SSD replaced under warranty.

Now I have my SSD back and want to install Ubuntu on my desktop machine. I used UNetbootin to make a bootable flash drive. I then I went into my BIOS and made sure USB loaded before the hard drive. However, when I try to load it I get an error that says:

Loading operating system ...
boot error

I know the flash drive works because if I reboot my laptop or my other Windows PC with the flash drive and it loads into Ubuntu...just when I try to do it in the PC with no OS currently on the drive.


Try using the bootable flash drive made from the Startup Disk Creater. then try booting the PC with the flash drive.


UNetbootin didn't work for me either. It's better to use Startup Disk Creator. So find some friend with Ubuntu OS laptop, make a startup disk and boot. That's what i did.

  • Startup Disk Creator is a Windows program, not an Ubuntu program. You don't need Ubuntu to run it. (I edited your answer to link to information on using Startup Disk Creator but I didn't want to change the intended meaning of your post. Still, I recommend editing your answer, since Startup Disk Creator runs on Windows and actually does not run on Ubuntu.) – Eliah Kagan Jan 21 '13 at 11:46

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