After years of hearing about how much better Linux is than Windows, I finally decided to make the leap starting with Ubuntu Desktop (I've tried to install both the x86 and x64 versions of 12.04 and 12.10). The irony is that even before I can get started, it's already vomiting. After getting the "GNU GRUB version 2.00-7ubuntu11" menu at startup, I choose "Try Ubuntu without installing" and got the following message:
error: failure reading sector 0x5b500 from 'hd1'. Press any key to continue...
After pressing a key, I get the following message:
[1.806271] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0).
Six additional lines of error code appear and then it freezes on this screen. I also noticed that the caps lock key is flashing.
I get the same series of errors if I choose "Install Ubuntu" from the GRUB menu.
Judging by what I've read so far, I'm guessing this is a problem related to newer drivers or hardware but I don't see a solution.
I'm trying to perform the install on a new Lenovo Y580 laptop. Here are the relevant specs:
Current OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (Service Pack 1) 64-bit Hardware: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M