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I just downloaded 12.04 burned it to a cd, and booted to into it on my last built computer. It loads a purple screen, then goes to a dos looking screen with a blinking cursor then loads the ubuntu loader. The lights go from red to white and finally they all turn red. This is when the entire screen goes to noise and just hangs.

Seems like a hardware issue but I can successfully boot into a non genuine windows7 that I'm looking to replace.

I'm not sure what to try, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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You might want to verify the disc you burned is correct. a few seconds after you boot, you should see an icon with a keyboard. Hit escape, and select "Test Media...". If the media checks out, we'll be better able to help you. – CraigM Sep 9 '12 at 22:18
test media passed fine. I am running the Memory Test from the same screen now just for fun. – Steve Sep 10 '12 at 2:47
What are the specs of the computer? – hnasarat Sep 10 '12 at 3:02
its an asrock 775Dual 880 Pro motherboard with an intel processor and corsair ram. It was a computer I built back in 2006 or so? – Steve Sep 10 '12 at 3:22
ran mem test, passed, went to installation and my girlfriend says it looks like a tetris screen. I'm at a loss here... – Steve Sep 10 '12 at 4:48

Perhaps the CD failed to burn properly. Try burning it again, or try using a USB installer:

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this is the second cd i burned from two different downloads on two different computers. hopefully it is correct. I will try the Test media and if not try the usb stick. – Steve Sep 10 '12 at 2:38
trid the usb installer and it didnt' work. same issue. – Steve Sep 10 '12 at 15:03

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