Tinycore is pretty minimal, so I don't know if your fried will be impressed or not.
That said, this
says to run it live and install it that way. That's guaranteed to work.
A couple of other options:1.
Open up a commandline, and type, as root:1. dd if=<tinycore_image> of=/dev/<usb_device>
You can get the device name by opening the terminal before plugging the thumbdrive in, waiting a few seconds and typing dmesg
in the window. It will show something like sde: sde1
when it sees it. You'll need the sde
(replace it with what is shown in the command window) device name (of=/dev/sde) for the above command.2.
You can try unetbootin (in most repositories and can be downloaded direct on the internet). This one many not work, but it probably won't give you any errors saying there was a problem. To use this one, you plug the drive in, fdisk and format it as root (will need to be some vfat version, lowercase 'b' always works for me), mount the drive, run unetbootin and point it to the tinycore iso and tell it which device to use in the USB dropdown box.
No matter how you go about it, make sure to try booting it afterward because the lack of errors doesn't automatically mean it will work.