I am trying to install Ubuntu on my new Toshiba notebook but cannot get past the first steps of booting. I try to install 13.10 (64-bit) from USB, the result is always the same: I get to the black screen letting me choose to try or install ubuntu (which, as I read, tells me I am in UEFI mode, which I should be, since there is already Windows 8 installed). However, booting always stops after a few lines and I get a black screen with nothing happening anymore. Everything happens very fast and I can't even read the last lines before the screen goes black.
I have tried to change the boot options, removing
quiet splash and adding
nomodeset acpi=off nolapic no splash (according to some suggestions I found googling). In that way I can at least read the last messages before the booting stops:
ata1.00: QC timeout (cmd 0xec) ata1.00: failed to identify (I/O error, ERR_mask=0x4) ata1: limiting SATA link speed to1.5 Gbps ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 310)
Then after a delay Busybox starts and I get the message:
(Initramfs) Unable to find medium containing a live file system
I am quite desperate already and would appreciate any suggestions on what this could relate to and how to solve it.