It's this computer but with no OS, just a blank hard drive inside, and I am trying to boot off the Kubuntu image on the USB stick to install that.G'day Alex, Welcome to Linux.org
That means exactly what it says. There is no operating system found on whatever you booted to.
What are the specs of your laptop/?
Are you trying to install kubuntu onto your laptop?.....or have I misinterpreted your question?
there's definitely something on the USB stick as I have run Balena etcher multiple times on the stick with the same result.There are two possibilities...maybe three
1. There is nothing on the usb stick. ****
2. You are not booting from that usb stick. This needs to be specific.
How to Enable USB Boot Option on Dell Inspiron N5010 1.Restart the computer and press f2 while starting up. This enters the setup program. 2.Select the Boot tab and change to Legacy Boot, Secure Boot Off. After restarting, this shows the boot sequence and the order can be changed using +/- keys. 3.I then change the boot order to. CD/DVD. USB drive. Hard drive. To specify the boot sequence: /Start the computer and press ESC, F1, F2, F8 or F10 during the initial startup screen. ... /Choose to enter BIOS setup. ... Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab. ... /To give a CD or DVD drive boot sequence priority over the hard drive, move it to the first position in the list.
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3.If anyone here has a Dell (@wizardfromoz may be of help, here)......they will surely know the procedure
...that is very different from mine.
I think "press f2" should be "press f12" (in post #4) to get the boot menu, no?
As the next step I would try to boot an other PC with this USB-Drive ... probably the one with etcher on it. This should be the easiest way to further locate the issue - is it the flashdrive or the notebook.I've tried burning it like that several times with my file and the one you linked, and it is still giving me the same result. even switching it up to Ubuntu just in case both files were somehow getting messed up didn't help.
also, how do I format it to ext4 when I can't write to it?