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[ubuntu] Can't boot from USB

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Sorry for making such a long post, but I feel a need to vent. Last year the hard drive on my Acer Aspire M1610 started to go bad. About August I was no longer able to boot, and in trying to fix the boot sector I hosed the Windows partition table. Luckily I had an Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Live CD that I had burned out of curiosity (I think I was also hoping to use it for anti-firus work). So I was able to boot from that and installed 10.10 on my herd drive, which then worked, and I later upgraded to 11.04 and then 11.10, but the hard drive kept deteriorating and now I'm not able to boot fr (Hardware)