Tried installing it every which way, none of them even get me to choose language screen. Each method turns the screen black after just a few seconds and then nothing ever happens until I turn the computer off and back on.
When you say "it" i assume you mean ubuntu 12.04...
So what is the current operating system that your installing 12.04 over? Also do you mean turns the screen black after booting from a boot-able usb/cd or something else?
If this is the case, some of the files in the usb/cd that are for installing the OS could be corrupted, this happened to me aswell. you just need to erase everything off them or use a different one and then run the program to make it bootable and put all the files back on like you did in the first place.
hope this helps :)