Im trying to boot ubuntu 14.10-server-i386 in a pendrive.

But im getting this error when boot from pendrive.

Missing parameter in configuration file. Keyword: path

What does it mean? How to overcome that?


2 Answers 2


After the error message, try hitting Tab, type in live and hit Enter. This should get you to the Ubuntu desktop from where you can use the Install icon to go forward with the installation.

  • 3
    It worked for me!
    – Mmmh mmh
    Nov 2, 2014 at 21:40
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    Same problem with ubuntu-15.10-desktop-amd64 and it worked too, thanks!
    – Offirmo
    Jan 29, 2016 at 10:55
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    Worked for me on Ubuntu 16.04 as well
    – Ole
    Mar 10, 2016 at 4:13
  • 4
    same problem with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It works
    – Anuj TBE
    Apr 22, 2016 at 0:48
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    so here is the explanation "long version" askubuntu.com/a/746412/59618
    – psychok7
    Apr 23, 2016 at 14:09

This is a bug. It happens when you create a bootable USB stick with an older version of Ubuntu than the version being installed on the USB stick.

Although the answer selected by the person who asked the question works to get around the issue it does not fix it as you have to do it every time you boot the USB stick.

To fix the USB installation so you do not have to type live and hit Enter every time you want to use it to live boot:

In the boot: prompt after you hit the error above, type live and press Enter, to start the Live USB session.

Open a terminal (e.g. with Ctrl+Alt+t) and type each command line below one by one:

sudo -i
apt-get update
apt-get install syslinux
mount | grep cdrom

The last command above tells you to which device your bootable USB is on.

Important! replace <device> in the command below in the terminal with the device in the output of the last command above. Which will be something like /dev/sdb1

syslinux <device>

For a more detailed version of this answer see this answer.

  • This is the solution that worked for me: I couldn't go to live but had to use start up disk creator on a Ubuntu 16 machine to create a start up disk for Ubuntu 16 itself.
    – rivu
    Feb 5, 2018 at 1:06

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