When I try to run the Ubuntu Server 16.04 installer on my USB drive I can get through the language and keyboard dialogues until it says

Error while running 'modprobe -v usb-storage'.

When I hit continue it gives me a light blue screen with a non-functional command line with a black strip at the very bottom. I can Ctrl+C to exit this window but get returned to the error window.

If I hit Esc and wait 30 sec then I get a window saying:

Your installation CD-ROM couldn't be mounted. This probably means that the CD-ROM was not in the drive. If so you can insert it and try again. Retry mounting the CD-ROM?

If I hit 'yes' then it takes me back to the error screen. If I hit 'no' then it takes me to the installation main menu.


Try installing Ubuntu Mini instead. It also gives access to a CLI-only installation, which is exactly what I was looking for when I installed it.

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    But if I'm mistaken this is ubuntu desktop not server – jpb e r Jul 12 '16 at 16:24
  • I do believe it is server. Especially if you choose to install the command line instead of the full OS. – Dev Jul 12 '16 at 16:39
  • Ok I will try it. – jpb e r Jul 12 '16 at 16:44
  • @jpber It will have some issues, but once those are fixed you'll be good to go. – Dev Jul 12 '16 at 16:45
  • @Dev I have never gotten that type of error (that you refer to in your link) on any of my Ubuntu Mini installations; please do not assume that your problems are universal to all users. – Nick Weinberg Jul 12 '16 at 16:49

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