Ubuntu – Error when installing: “unable to find a medium containing a live file system”


Error message:

(initramfs) unable to find a live medium containing a live file system

I got this error while trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 from a bootable USB stick on to Asus X64J series laptop. After getting this error the installation fails to start.

I have used the same USB stick on some other laptops and the installation started as usual. Any help will be appreciated.

Best Answer

  • Try changing the following:

    • Switch from a USB 3.0 socket to 2.0
    • Try using a USB hub
    • (If booting from a USB stick) try using a different USB stick

    I'm using 10.04 Ubuntu on Asus 1015PEM, but reports of this affecting 18.04 and newer versions of Ubuntu are still occurring.