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I recently bought an LG laptop, and im looking to install the latest UBUNTU LTS on it. I used rufus to create a bootable usb using FAT32 file format. It doesnt show up in boot menu list. It only appears on boot menu when i create the USB using NTFS file format, but it wont load ubuntu, and leads me to a black screen, "Minimal bash like line editing is supported..." I managed to find a korean article online with a person with the exact same problem as me, and he managed to solve it by reading the grub bootloader off 1 NTFS usb drive and ubuntu files on a FAT32 drive.

I just want to know how you can read the grub bootloader off of another usb drive. Any steps and instructions would be extremely helpful. Thank you!

  • Try YUMI. – guillermo chamorro Jun 26 at 15:05
  • YUMI to my knowledge, is not able to have the bootloader on a different file format from the iso file, so both the bootloader and files are on FAT32 file format. – Jeon Wonje Jun 26 at 15:26
  • It has the option to format in NTFS – guillermo chamorro Jun 26 at 15:32
  • Is the partition type set to "EFI System"? Or is it a BIOS system and you didn't install a bootloader in the FAT partition but the formatter added a bootloader to the NTFS filesystem? – Timothy Baldwin Jun 26 at 15:56
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PLAN A:

Create the LiveUSB on Windows with Rufus, which will prepare a LiveUSB as a bootable NTFS drive, and install the Hybrid ISO of your choice (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, et al.) from the ISO you downloaded in advance.

PLAN B:

Put the flash drive in a Windows machine, and use Explorer to check the drive letter assigned to it.

Open a command prompt, and run

diskpart 

then enter

list disk  
sel disk N

where N is the drive number for the flashdrive. Then do these steps to wipe it clean and make a 4GB partition

list part 
select part 1
delete part
create part primary size=4000

Leave diskpart with

exit

Open Explorer and

and format it as FAT16, not FAT32, using X as the drive letter assigned to the flash drive (which we found in the first step).

format X:\ /FS:FAT/Q

Now you have a FAT16, not FAT32 drive, readable by your LG laptop, ready to turn into a LiveUSB (as Ubuntu wants less than 2GB) with the LiveUSB creator of your choice.

Thanks to https://www.vmspot.com/format-fat16-usb/ for the suggestion and steps! You can follow along there for illustrations of the process.

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