Ubuntu bootable USB issue

01101001

Weaksauce
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Apr 7, 2005
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Its been years since I've had any involvement with Linux but
I thought I'd try Ubuntu on a bootable USB drive for fun.

I first tried with ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64 / Rufus and the boot failed
and the pc froze. So I decided to start over with ubuntu-20.10-desktop-amd64.

I downloaded the iso and created the bootable usb with Rufus. All went
well until I booted off the usb. The booting would initiate and then would
freeze up 30 or 40 seconds later. I tried it 3 times and the boot up ended
with different errors each time. I ended up formatting the drive and creating
a new one using 'Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.9.8'.

The freeze up happened again and ended with the errors:
ataB failed to resume link ... (SControl)
AHCI controller not available

I'm inclined to call it a day but thought I'd reach out to see if I am doing
something obvioiusly wrong.
 

B00nie

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Nov 1, 2012
Messages
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Its been years since I've had any involvement with Linux but
I thought I'd try Ubuntu on a bootable USB drive for fun.

I first tried with ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64 / Rufus and the boot failed
and the pc froze. So I decided to start over with ubuntu-20.10-desktop-amd64.

I downloaded the iso and created the bootable usb with Rufus. All went
well until I booted off the usb. The booting would initiate and then would
freeze up 30 or 40 seconds later. I tried it 3 times and the boot up ended
with different errors each time. I ended up formatting the drive and creating
a new one using 'Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.9.8'.

The freeze up happened again and ended with the errors:
ataB failed to resume link ... (SControl)
AHCI controller not available

I'm inclined to call it a day but thought I'd reach out to see if I am doing
something obvioiusly wrong.
What sort of hardware were you using and did you set UEFI to legacy mode? Etcher is the best tool for your ISO burning needs.
 

auntjemima

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Mar 1, 2014
Messages
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Its been years since I've had any involvement with Linux but
I thought I'd try Ubuntu on a bootable USB drive for fun.

I first tried with ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64 / Rufus and the boot failed
and the pc froze. So I decided to start over with ubuntu-20.10-desktop-amd64.

I downloaded the iso and created the bootable usb with Rufus. All went
well until I booted off the usb. The booting would initiate and then would
freeze up 30 or 40 seconds later. I tried it 3 times and the boot up ended
with different errors each time. I ended up formatting the drive and creating
a new one using 'Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.9.8'.

The freeze up happened again and ended with the errors:
ataB failed to resume link ... (SControl)
AHCI controller not available

I'm inclined to call it a day but thought I'd reach out to see if I am doing
something obvioiusly wrong.
Sounds like you are on older system or at least trying this on an older one.

Try Rufus with the MBR options instead of UEFI.
 

01101001

Weaksauce
Joined
Apr 7, 2005
Messages
102
I built it on a 6 yr old Win7 / MBR machine & thats the machine the USB failed to boot.

I have just completed a new build (just waiting for the OS to be delivered) and its that machine
I intended to try Ubuntu USB on. I got to thinking maybe the problem is the wireless mouse,
so I copied the files to an even older Win7 machine which has wired a mouse and rebuilt
the usb stick. Low and behold the stick easily booted Ubuntu (Legacy was enabled) on the
new build.

Not a very elegant process but at least I reached my intended goal.

Thank you, gentlemen!
 
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