Can't boot Linux via USB
I have been trying to boot Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint LXDE, openSUSE, Fedora, and so on, via USB on my recently built machine using the Universal USB Installer (the most recent version) which has never let me down in the past. I tell my computer to boot from the USB, it does, the Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Mint LXDE/other options come up, I choose the one that allows me to simply try them, stuff starts loading that a newbie like me cannot decipher, and then a blank screen. I left my desktop running for several minutes each time, but nothing. Strangely enough, when using the exact same method with Puppy Linux, it works fine. They also boot up fine on my HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop which is over three years old.
Find below an image of what loads up. The USB and its contents are obviously being recognized, but after selecting to run whatever operating system is currently on there via the USB, a blank screen comes up, or in the case of openSUSE, a desktop background with nothing on it.
My specs are:
- Intel Core i5 2500K
- Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
- 8Gb (2x4Gb) Corsair Vengeance @ 1600Mhz
- 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
- Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Golden Sample
- Antec TruePower New Modular 650W
- Lian-Li PC-K63B First Knight
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Likely need to change the boot parameters. Here's a good place to start:
When I had this problem with Fedora 16, it was because the installer expected the USB drive to have the same volume name as the CD/DVD disc, because it was attempting to mount by volume name.
I don't know if Ubuntu's installer has the same problem, but it is something to look at.
Are you booting 32 or 64bit 'iso/img'? I've had a simlar/same problem on my Asus m5a97 where it would not boot from USB, only in 32bit mode.
Turns out, the bios was so buggy (it still is, but less now) that USB didn't work (at all) in 64bit mode. So booting from the USB stick worked fine, but once the kernel tried to mount the USB stick to read the image, it would not find it and thus fail.
I managed to boot into Ubuntu 12.04! At first, none of those parameters worked, but then I went to help, typed in menu, that brought me back to the menu (the way it's supposed to look like this time), pressed F6, selected nomodeset, and it fully loaded up. The resolution was pretty low and it had a 4:3 aspect ratio but hey, it's an improvement. I couldn't change the resolution or the aspect ratio and it said "Laptop" in the display settings despite me being on a desktop as well. What's more, openSUSE didn't have the nomodeset option, and I doubt Fedora and the other Linux distros not related to Ubuntu will either.
Originally Posted by fuzz
I have tried both 32 bit and 64 bit iso images but neither work unfortunately. I am kind of lost with the second part of your post but if there is a way to change my BIOS so that it is 32 bit then I could test that out too. Windows 7 64 bit runs fine on my desktop.
Originally Posted by oliver
Congrats! I don't know about the other distributions, but the low resolution problem very likely might be due to drivers. Ubuntu has a restricted driver option somewhere in its menus (I haven't used the OS in years). NVIDIA proprietary drivers are quite good, if you're willing to use them.
Originally Posted by FutureSuture