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Can't boot linux from usb

Hi, I'm new to the forums and I don't even know if I'm asking this in the right place, but here's my question: I'm trying to boot Ubuntu on my Dell Dimension e521 and it won't boot. I tried reinstalling linux on the flash drive again, but it still didn't work. I have a windows 7 installer on a flash drive and I tried that and it booted, and I tried to boot the linux one on my laptop and it worked so I don't see why it would boot from a windows installer but not a linux one. Both flash drives are the same size and made by the same company I think. I changed around the boot order in bios but it still just skips over the flash drive and boots straight into windows even if I go into boot options and choose to boot from the flash drive. It says it's usb zip so I tried to select it but it just won't even start! Am I doing anything wrong here and how do I fix it? Thanks for the help :)
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  1. Best answer
    use lili http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ to make your linux flash drive
  2. Best answer selected by Dedededanny.
  3. skittle said:
    use lili http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ to make your linux flash drive

    Thanks! I've wasted countless dvds and reinstalled again and again onto different flash drives. Lili worked great! Thanks!
  4. Actually, I tried Lili to make a bootable flash with ALT-Linux, openSUSE, Mageia, etc. There were 3 flash memory sticks that were used and none of them worked properly: the laptop loads Windows from hard disc. Any ideas, what may fail?
  5. @Volume - make your laptop boot from USB. There is a setting in the BIOS about that, or a F-key to press during BIOS startup.
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