I have an i7 PC with 16gb RAM running Window 7. I want to learn to use Linux booting from the CD before I install it on a HD. I downloaded the 10.04 LTS (64-bit) iso file and ran the md5sum check. OK so far. I burned it to cds twice, once with Windows, once with Nero. In both cases, the individual files and folders are visible in the directory. Does this verify it was burned correctly?
The following is the same for both cd copies... If/when I install Linux, I'll change the BIOS, but for now I'm using F12 at start-up. At first, I get a purple screen with a couple of symbols. No text. Then I get a black screen with a flashing cursor. Then I get a second purple screen with the name Ubuntu and 5 dots changing between white and red. This lasts for about 45 seconds. Then it goes black and I have to cut power to the tower to recover. What am I doing wrong?