To properly put Ubuntu on USB flash stick, the USB stick must be at least 2 Gigabytes or larger, and you must download and the program "Pen Drive Linux USB installer." If you haven't already, download Ubuntu from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop and follow the instructions below. A help video is included below the instructions.
1. Insert your USB flash stick and empty the contents if you haven't already. Exit out of the autoplay pop-up box.
2. Download 'Pen Drive Linux USB Installer' and load the program. (No Installation just load the downloaded .exe file)
3. In the pull-down menu on the Pen Drive Linux installer program select the proper Ubuntu edition. (Usually Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop)
4. Click Browse and Open the Ubuntu Installation ISO file you Downloaded. The Ubuntu will be located in your default download location. (Usually located in your 'Downloads' or 'Desktop' folder.
5. Choose the USB drive. (Don't select the wrong drive!)
6. Click the 'Create' button.
Your Ubuntu USB is now ready. You can now turn off the computer and get boot straight to the boot menu and select the USB, or alternatively you can goto the BIOS and change the boot order priority to have your USB device listed as first.
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10:32:05 Geek2 so....
10:32:13 Geek2 Lets delete a bunch of stuff
10:32:19 Geek2 Delete whatever you can
10:32:26 Geek2 then move everything to the one partition
10:32:27 guest38 I have one 4GB pen drive
10:32:33 Geek2 good
10:32:38 Geek2 can you stick that in?
10:32:45 guest38 Yes I will delete
10:32:56 Geek2 k let me help you find the largest files
19:42:54 Geek1 which gives you instructions on how to put on a BLANK usb
19:44:02 Geek1 So once you download the iso file...
19:44:04 Geek1 Insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space
19:44:11 Geek1 The easiest way to get up an running with USB is to use the USB installer provided by pendrivelinux.com. You'll need to download and install and follow the instructions.
19:44:32 Geek1 Download Pen Drive Linux's USB Installer http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/#button
19:44:41 Geek1 Select Ubuntu Desktop Edition from the dropdown list
19:45:36 Geek1 Click 'Browse' and open the downloaded ISO file
19:45:52 Geek1 Choose the USB drive and click 'Create'
21:59:39 Geek *day
22:00:31 ant thanks i download that also
22:02:21 ant 26 mins 7 downloaded
22:02:48 Geek cool
22:03:42 ant now on that pen drive
22:04:15 ant step one what do i choose
22:04:18 Geek you dont need to use pendrive program until the download is finished
22:04:47 ant i use that for boot usb one not windows 7
22:05:36 Geek yea you use it for ubuntu
00:28:55 Geek you want the main edition
00:28:58 ant k
00:29:08 Geek http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=95
00:29:19 Geek Ive never put it on a USB but Im sure its pretty straighforward
00:29:23 Geek pen drive linux probably works
00:29:34 Geek Linux mint is the most popular linux distro right now
00:29:41 Geek its easy as hell to use too
00:29:45 Geek way easier than ubuntu
15:02:47 Geek1 yes then you burn it properly on a cd or put it on a usb flash drive
15:03:08 scorpion no
15:03:30 scorpion i just put it in flash as the instruction said
15:03:34 Steve how do i get to windows display settings?
15:03:39 Geek1 did you use pen drive linux?
15:04:00 Geek1 Steve, just RIGHT click oon the desktop and goto "display settings" (I think its display settings..might be just settings)
15:04:24 scorpion n
15:04:27 scorpion no
15:04:34 Geek1 You have to use the program pendrive linux to put it on
15:11:52 scorpion so i download that then browse the ISO file then what
15:12:07 scorpion it would work
15:13:33 Geek1 first you download pen drive linux
15:13:37 Geek1 then you load Pen drive linux
15:13:43 Geek1 then browse
15:13:52 Geek1 Choose the USB drive and click 'Create'.
15:14:01 Steve Okay I am at adjust screen resolution.
15:14:10 Geek1 Just follow directions at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows
15:20:46 Geek1 scorpion, Can you get what on D or E?
15:20:49 Geek1 The iso file?
15:21:16 Geek1 Steve, if you are having that many problems just use VGA and hook up the audio to the TV via a standard 1/8 audio cable
15:21:45 scorpion the os ubuntu
15:21:48 Geek1 You only put the ubuntu iso file on the C drive temporarily....you then put it on the usb drive USING Pen drive Linux Program...then you boot to the USB at startup
15:22:00 Geek1 Your goal is to get ubuntu on the flash drive
15:22:09 Geek1 If you dont have enough space to download ubuntu on C drive..
15:22:10 scorpion ok thnx
15:22:13 Geek1 then yes you can put it on D drive
18:30:04 charles1 my rw is working sketchy, I bought some air to clean it but that didn't work
18:30:37 charles1 how do I load it onto the drive
18:31:03 Geek To boot to a USB flash drive you and you want to put linux on the USB from windows you download a program called pendrive linux and it will properly put the Linux on the USB
18:31:27 Geek I'll get you instrucitons
18:31:29 charles1 I put pen drive on my windows?
18:31:29 Geek one sec
18:31:50 Geek You use an empty USB..I assume you want to setup the Linux USB from windows....
18:31:53 Geek and yes..
18:31:57 Geek you use a program called pen drive linux
18:32:00 Geek one sec
18:32:29 Geek To run Ubuntu from a USB stick, the first thing you need to do is insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space into your PC.
18:32:39 Geek The easiest way to put Ubuntu onto your stick is to use the USB installer provided at pendrivelinux.com. You’ll need to download and install and follow the instructions.
18:32:49 Geek http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/#button
18:33:16 Geek One you have downloaded pen drive linux universal USB installer...
18:33:20 Geek you open it...
18:33:20 Geek and
18:33:22 Geek Select Ubuntu Desktop Edition from the dropdown list.
18:33:46 Geek it has many different linux distros if you dont want to use ubuntu
18:35:24 charles1 ok so which version?
18:36:01 Geek WHich version of what?
18:36:21 Geek http://www.pendrivelinux.com/wp-content/uploads/download-uui.png
18:36:24 Geek oops
18:36:36 Geek trying to get you exact link to pen drive linux if thats what you meant
18:36:37 Geek one sec
18:36:53 Geek http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-220.127.116.11.exe
18:36:56 Geek there we go
18:37:02 Geek thats the actual link
17:23:40 Geek oh okay good. Select SAVE file. NOT open
17:23:52 Geek To run Ubuntu from a USB stick, the first thing you need to do is insert a USB stick with at least 2GB of free space into your PC.
17:24:02 Geek The easiest way to put Ubuntu onto your stick is to use the USB installer provided at pendrivelinux.com. You’ll need to download and install and follow the instructions.
17:24:11 Geek http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/#button
17:24:19 Geek Download Pen Drive Linux's USB Installer
17:24:37 Geek (this is all instructions for after ubuntu downloads
17:24:38 Geek )
17:24:48 Geek Then run Pen Drive Linux USB installer
17:24:51 Geek Select Ubuntu Desktop Edition from the dropdown list.
17:25:05 Geek Click 'Browse' and open the downloaded Ubuntu ISO file.
17:25:15 Geek Choose the USB drive and click 'Create'.
17:25:26 Geek That will create your ubuntu USB.
17:34:55 Aetheria done
17:34:58 Geek and insert the 2 gig USB you want to put ubuntu on
17:35:06 Aetheria ok
17:35:07 Geek then once that 25 min download is done...
17:35:19 Geek You use the program Pen Drive Linux USB installer
17:35:40 Geek Instructions with pictures on how to create a Ubuntu USB are at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows
17:37:33 Aetheria alright, well i going to be watching tv for th next 22 minutes, not really much else to do :)
17:37:44 Geek haha
17:37:59 Geek If I dont reply its because I'm doing chores around the house. Dont worry I check back in often
17:59:38 Aetheria ok, it has finished downloading and asks if i want to open itor not
17:59:56 Geek dont open it
18:00:12 Aetheria ok
18:00:15 Geek now goto http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows and follow the instructions
18:00:30 Geek in the instructions it will tell you how to download Pen Drive Linux USB installer
18:00:44 Geek and use it to PROPERLY put Ubuntu on your 2 gig USB
18:01:52 Aetheria Do i run or save this
18:02:09 Geek run
18:05:30 Aetheria It says to click the USB and then create, but i can only find an open button
18:06:51 Geek You have to download Pen Drive Linux USB installer
18:06:53 Geek then open it
18:07:10 Geek follow the guide at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows and look at the pictures
18:10:14 Aetheria alright im going to have the Linux set to the USB, ill be off IE for a couple of minutes since it has to close it out
18:10:34 Geek k
16:19:23 meatball so just put that on flash usingubuntu then install it
16:19:23 Geek2 has WAY more applications
16:19:26 Geek2 and is already setup
16:19:29 Geek2 its also easier to install
16:19:49 Geek2 meatball, yes but to get linux on a flash drive you NEED to use the program Pen Drive Linux USB installer
16:20:24 Geek2 Austin, one sec I'm looking
16:20:33 Austin Okay Thank you
16:20:36 meatball if i have to install it,i am afraid it will do the same thing all the otherones r doing
16:20:52 connie u can put linux on a flash drive????
16:33:04 Geek and harder to instlal
16:33:06 meatball does he need program in order to put linux on the stick
16:33:07 Geek harder to use
16:33:12 Geek yes
16:33:21 Geek its called Pen Drive Linux USB installer
16:33:27 Geek which doesnt even isntall
16:33:42 meatball i see it now
16:33:43 Geek you just download Pen drive Linux USB installer...run the program...and it runs without any install
16:33:51 Geek so it doesnt even like touch his computer hardly
16:33:55 Geek doesnt install
16:33:59 Geek and you only need to use it once
16:34:18 meatball ok then i go to same site to get mint
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