To the gentle membership of the Ubuntu Linux Forum:
After my laptop passed away a few weeks ago, I made up my mind to build n open source system. So I put together a computer for this purpose. I have set the boot sequence to read the cd first, and downloaded the .iso image for Ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit) because, why not?
The cd loads, I choose a language, and I get to a menu. The choices are:
- Try Ubuntu Without Installing
- Install Ubuntu
- Check disc for defects
- Test memory
- Boot from first hard disk
1-3 gives me a black screen with a blinking cursor. Then the cursor stopps blinking and I have to do a hard boot, 4 runs a memory test as promised, and I don't have any data saved on my HDD so I haven't tried 5.
I should add that the 500g HDD is new out of the box with nothing on it. I did format the big partition with ext4 and made a 2g swap file partition which I formatted as "linux swap-file." I used gparted to do this. It was on the system rescue disc I got from sourceforge.
I wish I could reach that menu, choose to install Ubuntu, and have it actually happen. What am I forgetting?
I have gone through the procedures you have mentioned and success is still eluding me. I ran winMD5Sum to verify the iso file, and found that it was correct. Unfortunately I still got black screens when choosing install or try without installing. Then I attempted to install from USB. I changed the boot sequence, and wrote the image to the USB stick using LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.18, and of course verified checksum. No dice. Black screen after install attempt as well as try with out installing.
Do I need to start taking the hardware apart now?
p.s. Only thing I can think of that may be amiss is that the USB stick is formatted in fat 32. Again, I am attempting to install 64 bit 12.10. I will reformat the stick in ext4 and try again while waiting your further advice.
Thanks for your help.