Unable to boot mini.iso on Dell Inspiron 3180 notebook..

Asked by jfines on 2019-12-02

I have been unable to boot the Ubuntu 18.04 mini.iso on my Inspiron 3180 notebook. I went into bios setup and disabled secure boot and tpm and enabled usb wake but the regular (windoze) operating system just boots anyway. When I enter the boot menu instead of setup (F12) I don't see an option to boot from usb at all and it claims secure boot is on (even though I changed it to disabled in bios setup). I have also tried to enable legacy boot and select usb to boot from but then when I start up I get a black screen and a message like: no boot device found to boot from. I used unetbootin to put the iso on my 16gb usb stick last night. Can anyone help?

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Did you MD5 test the ISO you downloaded?
How did you put the ISO on the USB stick please?

jfines (plongshot) said : #2

I can't seem to find a hash for that...

afaict there isn't a hash for the minimal iso (maybe because it isn't installation media in and of itself but only downloads the files to install) - idk.

jfines (plongshot) said : #3

I used unebootin on windows 10 (on this machine). Currently all I have is win 10 on this machine so downloaded the unetbootin for windows and ran it to create the iso. The iso was stored in a local directory and I selected the option within unetbootin to use that and browsed to the file and selected it for use. I was prompted do I want to let the program make changes to this computer so I'm guessing that meant unietbootin was run in administrator mode.

If you use Rufus is it OK ? I've had mixed results with uNetbootin

jfines (plongshot) said : #5

I will look into that.

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