unetbootin – BOOTMGR Is Missing

I recently spent far longer than I would have liked trying to install xubuntu onto my old Dell Mini 10v. Usually, I’d use unetbootin to create a bootable USB and it’d boot and install fine. However, I kept getting the following error every time I tried this time round:

BOOTMGR is missing.
Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE TO Restart</blockquote>

I tried using older versions of Netbootin that I’d used successfully in the past, but to no avail. After a bit of guesswork and Googling, I discovered that the solution is to format the USB stick as FAT32, not NTFS. Once I’d done that and run Unetbootin again, the laptop booted and installed first time 🙂

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Bob 2012-09-11

You Rock! Thanks

Ulysse 2012-11-08

Thanks you ! It’s so simpler than using Bootice !

Awesome! Thanks… lost too much time with this already… hope it works for me too…

coyote 2013-10-05

Thank You! Why when you remove the f*****in linux partition you should stick with the Grub mbr? is this a sort of ‘linux revenge’

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