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Xubuntu says " unable to find a medium containing a live file system"

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November 30, 2013 9:44:17 PM

Just to let everyone know its my first time installing a linux distro in my life. So i am trying to get xubuntu on my new pc that i built and i downloaded the xubuntu 12.10 iso. I used unetbootin to burn it to my usb and i changed to bios settings on my computer to boot from the usb with the xubuntu on it. I start up my computer and the menu comes up and i click install xubuntu and then the blue loading screen comes up. After that a message comes up that says "unable to find a medium containing a live file system". Does anyone know what to do? I put a tried to use a different usb and i also connected an empty usb with the xubuntu usb so i can install it on the second usb.

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a b 5 Linux
November 30, 2013 9:58:18 PM

I think that's to do with not being able to find your USB stick. Plug it into a USB 2.0 port, not a USB3.0 one.

Also, use a more recent version. 12.10 is a year old and superseded twice. It won't have the latest drivers.
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November 30, 2013 10:12:21 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
I think that's to do with not being able to find your USB stick. Plug it into a USB 2.0 port, not a USB3.0 one.

Also, use a more recent version. 12.10 is a year old and superseded twice. It won't have the latest drivers.


I plugged it into the usb 2.0 and the same issue appeared. I need to use 12.10 because i am mining litecoins and that OS version seems to be the best.
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a b 5 Linux
November 30, 2013 10:40:41 PM

http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/xubuntu-1304-available-f... says--

"Xubuntu LiveCD no longer available, ISO now larger than 700MB

Starting with 13.04, the Xubuntu images are larger than 700MB so they no longer
fit on traditional CDs. The decision has been voted 8-0 by the Xubuntu team
members and thanks to the extra space, some applications that were removed from
the default installation in Xubuntu 12.10 are now back by default (see below).

One of the reasons for this change is the 'amount of developer time currently
spent keeping the ISO small enough to fit on a CD'."
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And . . .
Judging from troubles noted on various forums with any 12.10 'buntu, I would use the following version of xubuntu--

Link to download Xubuntu-12.04.3-alternate-amd64.iso-- http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu-iso/CDs-Xubuntu/12.04/...
SHA256 sum for the above-- 9a3251c27cf50a47856f9a865d61c6426f559457238c750cc3f249d4ae41ddb0

Suggest using Downthemall with Firefox to download the above, checking the SHA256 (as provided in pull-down window) as the integrity check for the iso downloaded; burn the iso to cd at no more tan 8-10X; run Unetbootin from command line and point to the iso burnt to cd to load the USB stick. At least you will have the iso to use later and/or as so desired.

OP will most likely do as he wishes, anyway, but this is my answer.

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a b 5 Linux
November 30, 2013 11:00:09 PM

Yeah, either run LTS or the latest build. Don't try to use something unsupported. The LTS builds get updated with the drivers from the newer ones, hence the '.3'.
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November 30, 2013 11:26:06 PM

thanks everyone for your answers! i found out that i was booting from the wrong item. After that I had no problems at all installing xubuntu.
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December 19, 2013 11:42:46 AM

penguinmines said:
thanks everyone for your answers! i found out that i was booting from the wrong item. After that I had no problems at all installing xubuntu.


Dear penguinmines, can you say what exactly was wrong and how you fixed this, for I have the very same problem with Xubuntu 12.1 (used for a scrypt mining rig as well), but for me the advise to replug my [Adata USB3] stick with freshly installed 12.1 (while in USB3 port) to USB2 port to make it boot actually does work (found it by trial and error, not by reading this thread). Find it quite sad to run with USB3 stick in USB2 port, but cannot find much info on the issue on the forums. [My mobo is ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+]

Anyone knowledgeable of the origins of advise to replug the USB3 stick to USB2 port to make it boot Xubuntu 12.1 is highly welcome to comment.

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a b 5 Linux
December 19, 2013 8:52:45 PM

12.10, not 12.1. Yes, mathematically it's correct, but in this case we're talking 2012-10-xx.

The old discs won't have the drivers for newer USB3.0 chips. The chipset drivers might work better than the ASMedia ones; change which set of USB3.0 ports it's on.

However, running an old and unsupported version of an OS is a bad idea. I shouldn't even have to be typing this; there is no support available for 12.10, and it will not get security updates.
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