sorry I forgot to mention, that I'm using Transend 4 gb drive. I've also tried using unetbootin. I tried using the dd command to install the iso on my disk. but nothing seemingly works on my pc. I've even tried installing maverick meerkat and creating a startup disk from that.
the only thing my pc seems to accept from the same disk though is opensuse 11.3 and fedora, copied using the dd command as mentioned in their websites. is there something that I need to do here. let me know if you need more information.