For an explanation on what the MD5 number is read this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM
you compare this number to the MD5 number found on the page you downloaded your mint .iso (http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=94
). It's how you verify the integrity of the downloaded file. The unetbootin link I sent you does indeed have a .deb file if you wanted to manual install unetbootin. But, Linux Mint, unlike Windows, has a "software manager" which allows you to easily install software. The software manager is in the menu. See: http://blogs.computerworld.com/installi ... dows_users
There are several ways to install software in linux: you can use commands (apt-get), you can use synaptic (graphical interface for apt-get), you can manually download the program and install it (like you would in Windows), or you can use the Software Manager (which, like synaptic, is a graphical interface for apt-get, but easier on the eyes).
If you're still unable to get your live USB working, I suggest starting a new thread with an appropriate title as we've moved well beyond "How to formate a usb drive." A new thread with new title might attract additional help for you. If you solved the formating issue you should add "[SOLVED]" to this threads title.
Good luck, and remember, the best way to learn how to use something new (in this case Linux) is to read, read, read, and don't get discouraged.
The Software Manager can be a bit faulty for me. Im still learning my way around it. Mint 12 is so new that a lot of the programs I was trying to install just wouldnt download. But it isnt an issue, Im just going to go back to doing it the tried and true way that I did it in the first place, which was making the key via Windows.
As for the integrity of the ISO. Im not sure what that means. But Im downloading from the same mirror that I downloaded the first go-around. Straight off the Mint website. I see where it says the MD5 code, but I have no idea what Im supposed to compare it too.
Ive done a ton of reading, but the problem is that everyone speaks as if I know what they are refering too. Im a total noob at this. Im not incompetent but just very new. For example, even in your explanation, you start talking about °synaptic° and I have no idea what that means. Or another example is, in the the other thread that I started about this issue, I had some very helpful people assist me, and I got to the point where I thought I had all the steps laid out, and then when I tried to go thru the process I encountered torrents and mirror downloads, two things that I wasnt made aware of ahead of time, I didnt know what they were, and was never forwarned about their existence despite listing out in detail the steps of the process. To be honest, Im still not sure why I needed to download the torrent link on the Mint download page and I received no answers to that question when I posted it. So at that point I just decided to wing it and surprisingly enough, I got the process to work. Unfortunately, I was never told that I probably should have downloaded the 32 bit version for my weak netbook.
My point is, no matter how direct I can be, often some of y'alls answers can go right over a noob's head. And when I go try and read up on a subject, the sites with information are even less helpful. It just sounds like computer-nerd jargon that is not easy to understand. So tutorials are simply not much help.
Thus the reason for this thread.
I appreciate your help. I will start a new thread if I have issues re-installing this 32 bit version of Linux but I do not suspect I will. Im repeating the 64 bit process exactly as I did before so I dont expect any issues.
I will though probably start a thread asking how to use Terminal as it was a pain in the ass when trying to run UNetbootin in Linux. Im sure Im not the only noob going thru these issues.