No matter what software I use I can't find ISOs on my computer.

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  1. cheater87

    cheater87 Registered Member

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    I found my old Dell laptop and want to put the new version of Ubuntu on it, but no matter what ISO to flash drive software I have It can't find the ISO file. I downloaded it via torrent and regular donload and still nothing is found. What could be causing this?
     
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    Name the software you're using.
     
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    unetbootin and universal USB installer
     
  4. Kerodo

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    Try Rufus, it works fine. All you have to do is point to the ISO from the UI.

    https://rufus.akeo.ie/

    PS - Actually, never mind, I see you're doing it from Ubuntu.
     
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    I just tried rufus to see and not even Windows 7's ISO can be found, my computer hates ISOs. -_-
     
  6. Kerodo

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    Well, if you can find the ISO file in Explorer, then Rufus or any of the others can find it too. If you can't find it in Explorer, then you either didn't download it, or you downloaded it to a location that you didn't expect..
     
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    Asking. Maybe an .iso is a "Hidden File".
     
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    Enabled hidden files an folders and still nothing.
     
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    They are all downloaded in my downloads folder.
     
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    Did you reboot after this?
     
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    Just rebooted, still nothing, I can see the ISOs burning to a CD but JUST not a flash drive.
     
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    I don't get it. Your burning program can see the .iso's? But not when making a bootable flash drive?
     
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    Yup. I don't get it either.
     
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    Can the flash drive see other files?

    Is the flash formatted to exFAT & not FAT32 or NTFS?
     
  15. NormanF

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    Can you see it with Smith Microsoft Stuff-It Expander or PeaZip?
     
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    Do you have WinRAR installed? Can you see RAR files in your folder? If so, make sure WinRAR is not set to associate itself with ISO files.
     
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    I saw this thread yesterday and it got me puzzling , especially regarding "universal USB installer" ( aka pendrive linux ) .

    Exactly which new version of Ubuntu are you trying ?

    "universal USB installer" has a lengthy list of supported distros , and what you see in the "Step 2" drop-down box gets filtered
    according to the option picked in the "Step 1 " box ( and I think there may be an option like " unspecified 64-bit Linux" ? )

    If I'm right , and your chosen distro is still waiting for "catch-up" by the dev , then you will not see your local iso as an option in Step 2 .

    As for Unetbootin , it was a champ in it's day , but those days are gone and there are better free tools around now .
    As mentioned by Kerodo, Rufus is about as good as it gets right now , but maybe not as user- friendly as pendrive linux ?

    "Linux Live USB Creator "
    will sometimes work when others fail .
    When it sees an unfamiliar distro it makes an estimate for a best match , and then your iso should appear as a source option.

    Let us know when you find a fix :)
     
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    Downloaded the latest for Ubuntu 32 bit, downloaded Lili and even that couldn't find the ISO file, the drive has been formatted to everything it can and still nothing!
     
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    Lili is of the nature that it needs to be updated by the developer with the latest versions of Linux in particular Mint 18 which was tried here in our department but did not work. It will most likely work after the update. We liked the looks of Lili but it would not work since Linux Mint 18 was not specified in the drop down box so we went with Universal USB Installer. It just works and quite well at that.

    We did read there may be issues with one or another USB installers if the 64bit version of Linux is attempted. It seems some can only do the 32bit version. The above recommended utility can do 64bit distros. Refer to their page for the distros they support.

    Best regards
     
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    I don't think there is "one perfect tool " for creating bootable flash drives .

    My experience has been that there are certain distros which will only work with one particular USB creator tool ,
    so it sometimes has to be trial-and-error , and good dose of patience.

    As mentioned above , Rufus works more reliably than most .

    I'm just surprised that the OP is having so much trouble with Ubuntu 32-bit !
     
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    I was able to do it on my family computer where it could recognize the ISO.
     
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    So what's this mean for your old Dell?
     
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    I installed it on my old laptop but Ubuntu now doesn't want to accept my user password.
     
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    Can you reinstall over that? Choose to wipe out current Ubuntu.
     
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    Did that, still says invalid password.
     
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