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Quick Note - Install Ubuntu 16.04 via bootable USB

Create a bootable USB for installing Ubuntu on my Secure Boot / UEFI capable Thinkpad.

Hardware Settings#

I'm on a Lenovo Thinkpad 13. Core i5-6200U, 16GB DDR4, 525GB SSD.

In the bios, I have the following options set:

Security > Secure Boot > Secure Boot [Disabled]Security > Virtualization > Intel (R) Virtualization Technology [Enabled]Security > Virtualization > Intel (R) VT-d Feature [Enabled]Startup > UEFI/Legacy Boot [Both]

Bootable USB#

Following the requirements laid out on Ubuntu website

  • A 2GB or larger USB stick/flash drive
  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • Rufus, a free and open source USB stick writing tool
  • An Ubuntu ISO file. See Get Ubuntu for download links

I used the following:

  • 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Switch
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Rufus 2.18
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (ubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso)

note: DO NOT USE unetbootin to burn your iso to usb, tried it several times on 2 different SanDisk usb's and they failed to boot or even be recognized by my laptop as an installable media. Avoid.

Installation#

once you've got this far and start the install the rest is pretty straight forward... I started this note and forgot where I was going with it, but maybe I'll leave it here and come back to update it once I remember :/

References#