Does Unetbootin work with Windows ME?

Asked by Dan

Unetbootin seems to install OK on my Windows ME machine, but when it reboots, it boots straight into Windows. It then asks me if I want to remove the installation, so it would appear to be installed correctly.....just doesn't appear at startup like it should.

Help will be greatly appreciated. Can't wait to get rid of Windows!


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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said :

Windows ME apparently uses a different boot mechanism than the other Windows versions, so that's apparently why the UNetbootin entry in the boot menu isn't showing up. If your computer can boot from USB, though, you could run UNetbootin on another computer to create a bootable USB drive, and boot from that to perform the installation.

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Dan (danwadley) said :

Geza, thanks for the quick reply. My laptop (Fujitsu Lifebook P-1000, purchased in Asia 6 years ago) definitely will not boot from USB (I have spent hours researching this). I have tried many different ways to get Linux installed and I thought that UNetbootin was the answer. If not, I think I may have to give up! Any other ideas?


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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said :

You could take out the laptop's hard drive and insert it into another laptop that can boot from USB and install Ubuntu onto the hard drive and transfer it back, assuming they use the same serial connectors. If that isn't an option, though, I'm afraid you'll have to resort to searching around for the Windows ME bootloader documentation, since neither of the automated tools I developed (Wubi or UNetbootin) apparently support Windows ME since we didn't have access to it, and I doubt the other bootloader automation tools (debian installer-loader and Instlux) support Windows ME either.

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