After reading what the Ubuntu site had to say about problems with bootable flash drives,
QUOTE: "Booting from USB storage can be very handy, but there is no guarantee that it will work with your particular combination of computer and USB drive. Even if you are able to boot from your USB drive on one computer, this does not mean that it is going to work with the next one. You can try experimenting with different settings in your PC's BIOS to make it work.END QUOTE Your solution is one for the books.https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installat...image%20creator
I now have Ubuntu 9.04 and was glad to see some of the nitpicky problems I was having with 8.04 are not in 9.04.
There was one that I had to look around a bit to find. SKYPE. I think Skype is dragging their feet on upgrading their
program for the 9.04.
I used the commands below after some other solutions failed to install Skype.
Open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal). Copy the following code and paste it into the terminal.
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list
Then to get the GPG key
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype
After it installs, you can find Skype under Applications -> Internet -> Skype