I have a USB stick with a UNETBOOT produced Lubuntu operating system install. When I boot from the USB stick, on my computer with Linux Mint (intending to replace it) ONLY the Mint listings are in the GRUB menu. I tested them and indeed they boot to Mint, which is mind blowing, since the USB stick doesn't have Mint on it!!

On top of that, I tried a different computer and everything worked perfectly. USB stick showed Lubuntu in the GRUB and it installed.

What could be going on here? I'm stumped!

  • You have a grub menu with a Unetbootin USB? – mchid Sep 18 '14 at 8:06
  • Are you sure you have the USB set as the first in the list of bootloader devices in your BIOS settings? It sounds like BIOS is loading the OS from your HDD or SDD instead. – mchid Sep 18 '14 at 8:08
  • mchild - yes to both – Adam Lloyd Oct 10 '14 at 1:31
  • Instead of unetboot, you could maybe try the official ubuntu startup disk creator (usb creator) apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/usb-creator-gtk – mchid Oct 12 '14 at 20:10
  • the problem seems to be not with the usb stick or the creator - i have tested the usb boot stick on another machine and installed fine. \ – Adam Lloyd Nov 6 '14 at 7:19

Check your BIOS settings and make sure USB is the first device to boot. My first answer, hope it helps.

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  • i thought the same, but that's not it in this case – Adam Lloyd Oct 10 '14 at 1:31
  • also I don't get a GRUB when I boot from the hd – Adam Lloyd Oct 10 '14 at 1:39
  • Could the GNU GRUB on the USB is loading the GNU GRUB from the hard disk? – Adam Lloyd Oct 13 '14 at 2:31
  • How things work? You can try a Lubuntu cd to install. If you dont have grub when boot from hd, what else do you have? – hoang dinh Nov 5 '14 at 16:30
  • I have no CD drive on this computer, it's a notebook laptop. – Adam Lloyd Nov 6 '14 at 3:02

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