I down loaded Ubuntu on my laptop then just drag and dropped the file to a usb flash drive. The system I'm trying to install it on is a lenovo think centre the small ones m73 I believe. It originally had windows 8 installed but when I received it the hard drive had been formated so when you power it up it's looking for windows and asks for windows media. I went into bios and selected it to boot from usb but came back the same.G'day Swrls, Welcome to Linux.org
That could mean a couple of things, but the most likely is that the usb has nothing on it or it is not bootable.
Which app/program did you use to put the .iso onto the usb
@Condobloke hit the nail on the head you can't drag and drop an iso file , it has to be burnt as a bootable device using one of the available usb bootable programs a popular one for windows users is..unetbootin.github.iojust drag and dropped the file to a usb flash drive.
Thank you, that will save some hair pulling.lol
Thank you for the reply.ok @Swrls the only system where you can drag and drop iso files that i know of is with "Ventoy" https://ventoy.net/en/index.html in all other cases the ".iso" has to be "appropriately- in the right way " copied to a usb stick
Thats can be done using dd command on an already installed linux system or using one of the available tools to do it such as etcher, rufus . on unetbootin i've had problems with it