I downloaded the 12.10 server ISO and used Linux Live USB to create a bootable stick. I used this stick to go through the install process. The target is a Lenova Q190. The install process seemed to go fine and it got to the point where it said to remove the media and restart. When I did so the Q190 reported:
Error 1962: No operating system found. Press any key to restart the boot process.
The only thing I could think of was that it was the wrong ISO. I had used the AMD-64 and the Q190 has dual Celerons so I thought maybe I should be using the x86 image. I made a USB stick with that ISO but that one won't even boot on the Q190 so now I'm unsure what try next. It seems to me that GRUB isn't being executed at all. I don't know if it wasn't installed into the boot sector or if it was installed incorrectly. Any ideas?
*recent activity: I created a 12.4 CD and used a USB driver to boot off which worked well. I wanted to remove any fogginess on what the Linux Live USB stick might be doing and move to the older release to see what difference that made (answer: none).
It appears that grub is quite sure it is being installed on the MBR of /dev/sda but still the same result occurs. No operating system found.