Do you have the latest BIOS for that machine, as mentioned in post #32?so the USB stick works to boot Kubuntu on my win11 computer, but not the Dell Inspiron. maybe it is salvageable if I can find why it isn't detecting Kubuntu on the flash drive. any ideas? the BIOS menu is pretty bleak when I glance through it.
I've gone through and disabled each option in turn before attempting to boot, and none of the options changed the result, aside from some of the USB port ones, which only made it not detect any stick in the first place.
If your BIOS has a manufacturer's update, then the machine clearly has been thought of as better with such installed, no? I know from experience that BIOS updates can make a difference to it's operation, and that might be just what helps in this case. It may not of course, but if it's there and you do not install it, you will not know what it can do in your case.