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I am trying to Install Ubuntu 12.04 on my ASUS u36j, right after I choose "Install Ubuntu" the screen just went blank and with no response. My take is that it's stuck on checking Disk for defects.

I tried several times the problem persists, so I chose an option that allows me to do advanced installing and I saw that the default first step is to check the disk for defects. So next time I choose check disk for defects when prompted and the same problem persists, that's how I concluded that it's stuck.

I changed the factory hardrive to a SSD, I tried in my desktop which also uses SSD and it worked.

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did you use the same install disk for both computers? if so I would suspect that the ASUS has a Nvidia or ATI graphics card, if so, you are likely getting the black screen that comes due to a lack of drivers for the video card, see this question on how to get past the black screen My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? –  TrailRider Sep 10 '12 at 23:30
    
Thank you, I viewed them but 12.04 worked a bit different than 10.4 on installation. I tried 10.4 instead and at least it took me to the graphical interface but as soon as I hit choosing the keyboard layout phase the installation stalls. –  Rivm Sep 11 '12 at 1:30
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You may want to try the Alternate Install –  Mitch Sep 11 '12 at 7:32

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