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So far I have:

  1. downloaded Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS from the site.

  2. Converted the ISO file to IMG. (I used Unetbootin, I'm not completely sure I did this right.) I selected disk image, ISO, and browsed to find my Ubuntu ISO file. I saved it to a 4 GB flash drive.

  3. I put the flash drive in my parents' old HP Pavilion. I rebooted, and hit escape to get to the boot menu.

  4. I could see my flash drive as an option. I selected it and hit enter.

--And then Windows XP just starts up like always.--

Even though I select my flash drive from the boot menu, Windows XP loads up. I'm not a computer wiz, and this is my first attempt to play around with Linux. I heard using a cd is easier, but the cd drive on this pc is toast.

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go into the bios and set the boot order to allow the usb before the hard drive. also im not familiar with your choice of iso burner, i recomend blackbox iso, its free... shouldn't have to convert to .img, just burn the image straight to the flash. another option might be to use booti on a cd, then select the usb, or cd of your choice.

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  • Ok, I went into the BIOS. The Boot Device Priority options are: Floppy Group HDD Group CD-ROM Group Network Boot Group Disabled I'm not sure which - if any- of those options is my USB drive. But when I enter the boot menu from startup, I can see my USB drive and select it. Shouldn't that override any boot device priority? I have to make the bootable drive on a mac. That's why I didn't use blackbox. – georgedum Mar 24 '14 at 23:48
  • OK, I found my flash drive in the BIOS. It was filed under HDD Group. And it's listed as second priority to regular Windows. The only problem is that I can't move it up in the list. The instructions say to use the <+> and <-> keys to move them, but pressing the keys does nothing. – georgedum Mar 25 '14 at 0:45
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    With an older PC, it's quite possible that booting from USB devices is not supported by the BIOS. You may have to source a working optical drive (computer recycling centers often sell used gear cheaply). – douggro Mar 25 '14 at 7:15
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I suggest You to try same process with the help of Linux Live Usb Creator

I am always using It and It work perfectly!!

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