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New Sadly so
I mostly deal with HP and Dell. Dells tend to not recognize the device is bootable (i.e. it shows in the boot menu, but when selected, the PC boots off the HDD anyway). The HPs will kick off the boot process but then fail to launch the kernel proper. Some will boot off a USB CD/DVD drive so it appears to be an issue properly recognizing USB mass storage devices.
New FWIW, I installed ubuntu on this 16 month old Samsung laptop
using a usb stick. Worked fine.

Maybe stay away from US manufacturers?
New You may be on to something there ;-)
     Debian Wheezy - (Andrew Grygus) - (17)
         Physical media is so last century -NT - (drook) - (11)
             Well, I'm just so last century. - (Andrew Grygus) - (10)
                 Quality service is so last century -NT - (drook)
                 8 GB USB Flash Drives? - (Another Scott) - (8)
                     Re: 8 GB USB Flash Drives? - (Andrew Grygus) - (2)
                         Dunno. Chicken and egg thing I guess. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                             Yes, I've thought of that. - (Andrew Grygus)
                     The catch is USB booting - (scoenye) - (4)
                         Really? That's weird and unfortunate. - (Another Scott) - (3)
                             Sadly so - (scoenye) - (2)
                                 FWIW, I installed ubuntu on this 16 month old Samsung laptop - (jake123) - (1)
                                     You may be on to something there ;-) -NT - (scoenye)
         Latest and greatest? Wheezy is retired. - (scoenye) - (1)
             Fortunately, my clients haven't heard of Jessie. - (Andrew Grygus)
         Re: Debian Wheezy - (pwhysall) - (2)
             maybe because it is the hyperv that is controlling the hardware directly -NT - (boxley)
             Why recompile? - (Andrew Grygus)

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