When I restart the machine and select to boot from the new USB, created with Rufus, it does nothing. It only displays "Verifying DMI Pool Data ....."
The machine is an old Acer Aspire with an AMD processor and 2GB RAM.
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It appears your system does not recognize the USB stick as bootable. As you tested the system's functionality (booting from USB) with another USB stick, it looks like your USB stick's partition is missing the "boot" flag, which is crucial.
So, first of all, write your USB stick with
unetbootin (if your USB stick wasn't written with that during the last try). From your post I understand you are using Windows. After using
unetbootin, open the
cmd with Administrator privileges. Now, run
diskpart. This will take you into
diskpart's interactive mode.
To list all currently attached disks, run
list disk and make sure you know which disk is your USB stick (most likely you recognize the disk's size). Select the disk with its corresponding number via
select disk <number>. Now, you can display the partitions on the disk via
list partition. You should get exactly one partition, select it via
select partition <number>. Now, run
active - This command sets the bootable flag. To exit
Now your USB stick should be bootable for your computer. If it's not, check if other computers are bootable via it and report back here, we'll figure it out.