Just to start things of smooth, please be noted that I have extremely little foreknowledge of Ubuntu, and operating multi(dual)boots.

I have attempted to make a bootable USB for Ubuntu 13.04 (ubunt-13.04-desktop-1386). I used the Pendrivelinux Universal USB Installer program in order to make it bootable (i'm not sure how else to phrase that =.=).

The problem is basically, when I boot my PC (Win XP Home), tap F11 to choose to boot from USB, and once the OS load up and gives me the option to either try and install, when I press "Try Ubuntu" the screen flash black, then loads up a background, a cursor, and nothing else.

How can I resolve this issue?

The USB is formatted NTFS and is 32gb.

Many thanks people (:

  • Try formatting the drive as Fat32 – Mitch Jun 16 '13 at 15:33
  • First, format the drive to FAT32. Then follow the instructions given here. If the USB is still faulty, you should consider downloading the ISO again. Try using BitTorrent (with uTorrent for example), the link for the torrent file is this. – edwin Jun 16 '13 at 16:04
  • Regarding formatting that USB to FAT32, I had tried that previously however I was greeted with the error of "No default ui or configuration directive found". Renaming 'iso' to 'sys' didn't do the trick. – Red Jun 16 '13 at 17:57

It could be a problem with your graphics card, because Ubuntu uses those new open source drivers.

Edit the startup options on "Try Ubuntu" (If you use UnetBootin first highlight "try ubuntu", then press tab (or was it e?). On pendrivelinux I'm not sure where you can edit those). And insert nomodeset next to the other boot options. Then boot with this option.

It should boot up successfully if the graphic driver was the problem. You then have to install the proprietary drivers (after Ubuntu installation).

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  • I see. My desktop is quite old...correction, it is very old. Graphics drivers do seem like a probable issue. I shall try use UnetBootin, and will inform you of the results promptly. Thank you :) – Red Jun 16 '13 at 17:59
  • I just downloaded UNetbootin, however, I'm a bit confused on what you mean by first highlight "try ubuntu"? Just in case I wasn't clear, the screen after which Ubuntu hangs is this. PS: I can't seem to embed a picture here :\ – Red Jun 16 '13 at 20:43
  • @Red Yes, I also thought that it would hang there. By highlight I mean, select the option Try Ubuntu (but don't press enter, press the edit key TAB). Then you can edit the command line, just insert nomodeset to the other options (like splash etc.). Then press enter. – Sapd Jun 17 '13 at 12:41

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