Installing, help?

Swrls

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I'm trying to install with no previous os, however when trying to boot from usb it is asking for windows recovery media and not recognizing the linux ios....ideas?
 


brickwizard

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first thought.. is your machine set to first boot usb on start up?
second thought... can you enter the short boot sequence during startup? [see link below]
third thought, how old is your equipment? is it so old it doesn't support USB boot [dose it have an optical drive you can boot from?]

see https://www.linux.org/threads/a-common-question-how-do-i-boot-to-usb.34368/

hope this may help..
Bwiz
 

Condobloke

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G'day Swrls, Welcome to Linux.org

That could mean a couple of things, but the most likely is that the usb has nothing on it or it is not bootable.

Which app/program did you use to put the .iso onto the usb
 

Swrls

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G'day Swrls, Welcome to Linux.org

That could mean a couple of things, but the most likely is that the usb has nothing on it or it is not bootable.

Which app/program did you use to put the .iso onto the usb
I down loaded Ubuntu on my laptop then just drag and dropped the file to a usb flash drive. The system I'm trying to install it on is a lenovo think centre the small ones m73 I believe. It originally had windows 8 installed but when I received it the hard drive had been formated so when you power it up it's looking for windows and asks for windows media. I went into bios and selected it to boot from usb but came back the same.
 

brickwizard

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just drag and dropped the file to a usb flash drive.
@Condobloke hit the nail on the head you can't drag and drop an iso file , it has to be burnt as a bootable device using one of the available usb bootable programs a popular one for windows users is..unetbootin.github.io
 

captain-sensible

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ok @Swrls the only system where you can drag and drop iso files that i know of is with "Ventoy" https://ventoy.net/en/index.html in all other cases the ".iso" has to be "appropriately- in the right way " copied to a usb stick

Thats can be done using dd command on an already installed linux system or using one of the available tools to do it such as etcher, rufus . on unetbootin i've had problems with it
 

Condobloke

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You have advice from @captain-sensible above.....another alternative would be Balena Etcher

It is simple and quick.

Once you have a bootable usb stick, your approach of booting from that usb stick is the way to go.
 

Swrls

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ok @Swrls the only system where you can drag and drop iso files that i know of is with "Ventoy" https://ventoy.net/en/index.html in all other cases the ".iso" has to be "appropriately- in the right way " copied to a usb stick

Thats can be done using dd command on an already installed linux system or using one of the available tools to do it such as etcher, rufus . on unetbootin i've had problems with it
Thank you for the reply.
 

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