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I have just downloaded the Ubuntu file from the website and burned onto a cd. restarted my computer and got the computer to load from the CD drive but it sits on black screen for about 2 mins then says unable to boot, press any key to retry.

Apologies but I don't know if ou need any more info from me but if you do, please ask!

Thanks Paul

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Would you be able to try a USB drive instead, with startup disk creator (if you've already got a linux to work from) or pendrive linux (if working from Windows)? You might have better luck, and it's normally faster to work with than a CD. – Jon Hanna Jul 30 '12 at 15:21
Did you try the CD in a different machine, or another CD in the same machine? – Mitch Jul 30 '12 at 18:36

I'd suggest to try intalling via wubi.

Load the image into virtual cd (like Daemon Tools Lite for Windows), and start Wubi.exe

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