How to make a bootable Linux Mint USB stick

Creating the bootable device

    Download a Linux Mint image from here
    If you’re under Ubuntu, use Startup Disk Creator (installed by default)
    If you’re under Windows,  use Univeral USB Installer, free and available here
    The rest is pretty straightforward…

Fixing a common problem

Once your USB device is “ready”, you will get the following error if you try booting from it:



vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image

After some short research I found the following fix, which is very simple to apply, and completely solves the problem:

    Browse the USB device to the syslinux folder
    Open and edit the syslinux.cfg file
    The first line should read: default vesamenu.c32
    Change it to: default live
    Save and close the file

That’s it! You’re now ready to try/install Linux Mint 12 “Lisa”.