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I have brought a new computer with No Operating System with the intention of installing Ubuntu 12.10 and quite excited about it.

New computer is a Zoostorm AMD A4 3300 Dual Core

Despite trying with both a bootable USB and a DVD with Ubuntu 12.10 on them, the computer will ask if I want to install or try it then when I click on install it freezes and does nothing more on a black screen or the purple screen which merely shows "Ubuntu".

When I try to install a Windows 7 Pro from DVD it has no problems.

I am suspecting a clash with hardware but any ideas would be welcome as I really do want to use Ubuntu and not Windows 7 on this machine and brought for the sole purpose of this.

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Here is some info about Boot options which let you choose. for example try to add vga=768 and acpi=off at boot options and then boot your linux Ubuntu boot options [Ubuntu RadeonHD Community ](help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonHD) –  Hojat Taheri Apr 5 '13 at 6:52
    
In the bios settings maby search after secure boot and disable this. –  Thomas15v Apr 5 '13 at 7:01
    
Can you boot a live system with "Try Ubuntu"? –  Takkat Apr 5 '13 at 7:05
    
Well, not sure what I have done but I read on here somewhere and someone suggested (to another problem) pressing F6 and disabling a Nomodost (or something like that). Seems to be working now, although one of the scripts that was running said unable to do something. –  mkilvert Apr 5 '13 at 7:09
    
Well, scrub that!! It looked liked it was installing but when I rebooted it booted to a black screen and wouldn't proceed!!! Any ideas? –  mkilvert Apr 5 '13 at 7:45

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In order to get Ubuntu onto this machine (and my machine is exactly the same specs as above and I was having exactly the same issue) the following guide will help solve the problem:

Live CD won't boot on Lenovo ThinkPad E525

Once you have installed the alternate install 11.10, it will get stuck whilst starting up, at which point press Ctrl+Alt+F1 taking you to the TTY console.

At this point you'll need to type the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fglrx

Once that is finished, reboot the machine (easiest way is to type):

sudo reboot

When Ubuntu starts you might have a greyed box in the bottom right hand corner that says "AMD Unsupported Hardware", simply use the following guide to resolve that:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1904997

From this point I upgraded Ubuntu, since 11.10 is no longer supported (Ubuntu will tell you this), to 12.04. I will probably follow the upgrade path to 13.04 at some stage, but for now, I have a working Ubuntu installation on the machine.

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