I receive the following rather cryptic error message when following the instructions on how to create a bootable USB stick on Windows on ubuntu.com using Windows 8:

SYSLINUX 4.07 EDD 2013-07-25 Copyright (C) 1994-2013 H. peter Anvin et al

Unknow keyword in configuration file: \╨╤

No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!

I did find the very similar question “Unknown keyword in configuration file Boot:” error when booting off a live USB on askubuntu. However none of the proposed solutions work in my case. There is no syslinux/syslinux.cfg on the USB stick and entering help at the boot prompt doesn't have any effect either.

Could the error message \╨╤ indicate an encoding issue with either one of the configuration files?


The contents of /uui/syslinux.cfg read as follows:

# This file was automatically populated by Universal USB Installer - http://www.pendrivelinux.com
prompt 0
DEFAULT append

LABEL append
CONFIG /isolinux/isolinux.cfg
APPEND /isolinux

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As the OP graciously noted, unetbootin solved the problem. It was probably a corrupted download; using md5sum -c DOWNLOADED.ISO before creating the LiveUSB is recommended.

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