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Well I'm elbow deep in new territory, built my first PC and decided to load it with Ubuntu.

I have no idea where I am...

Here's the skinny.

This is my stuff:

  • ASRock 970 Extreme3.0 R2.0
  • AMD FX 4130 quad core
  • Radeon SAPPHIRE HD7870
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm SATA3
  • 2 x 4GB Kingston DDR3 HyperX Genesis 1600 MHz
  • Corsair 650W

Made a USB boot drive with that linux pen drive installer (tried 13.10, then tried 12.04.3).

v13.10 gives me a black/purple screen after the load screen. Running the "check disc for defects" showed there were two files with errors. So I loaded v12.04.3 and then it said there were 3 files with errors. I tried to run before installing but the next message was

"an error occurred while mounting"

So. Where do I start? Is it possible my HDD is DOA?

Thanks very much in advance.

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Not sure if it makes a difference but Im trying to boot with a USB3.0 on a 3.0 port – user236972 Jan 17 '14 at 19:29
It does. Try disabling USB3.0 or plug it into a 2.0 port – the_Seppi Jan 17 '14 at 21:03
Tried with 2.0, same problem. – user236972 Jan 17 '14 at 21:48
Live Ubuntu should leave the fingers from your disks as long as you don't tell him so... What happens if you unplug all HDD's temporarily? – the_Seppi Jan 17 '14 at 21:59
It says failed to mount – user236972 Jan 17 '14 at 22:21
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You could try creating the bootstick with UNetBootin instead of PenDriveLinux. UNetBootIn is the least buggy bootstick creator I know.

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