Ubuntu – Live USB boot stuck at initramfs prompt

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I'm trying to boot up Ubuntu 14.04.1 on my machine which already has windows installed.
I created a live usb using the Universal USB installer for windows.
The flash drive boots fine but when i select "try ubuntu without installing" it moves ahead and gets stuck at an initramfs prompt.

I read through a bunch of threads but none match my problem.
Any help would be appreciated.

Best Answer

  • I had this issue, and my efi partition was full. I think this caused the issue because installation always stopped at that drive, and displayed the initramfs prompt as stated in this issue.

    I tried many of the fixes on this page and many other pages. It took days to figure out which fix would work.

    I finally created a USB boot drive on my WIN 10 machine using Lili USB Creator, and what do you know? I could install Ubuntu on my Linux-dedicated machine from that USB boot drive. I had tried at least three other USB Boot disk tools or command-line methods.

    Now I have to figure out how to grow my efi partition. It's no longer full, but damn close. Oh and AND WiFi isn't working...yet.

    HW: Lenovo s21e System (finally!): Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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