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A few months ago, I've downloaded the Ubuntu 13.10 .iso file and made an usb flashdrive of it. It did not work, the boot seemed to start (that purple screen shows up) but not the screen asking about the language and the Try Ubuntu or Install Ubuntu options (I call 'Hello Screen').

At first I blamed my old notebook. Old but reliable machine witch never have let me down.

I've tried several flashdrives and tried to boot several different pcs and also downloaded several .iso files.

The 12.04 LTS files worked just fine in the first attempt.

Recently my desktop box had a hard disk problem and is not mounting one of the partitions. I believe it is the '/' partition or the '/home' partition.

I downloaded a new copy of the .iso file and decided to burn a dvd to start the machine and try to fix it or, eventually, install the OS again.

After burning the DVD the same symptom (no 'Hello Screen') came again. My PC is not a super new machine but is far from an old one. It is an Intel i7-930 with 6GB and an Intel motherboard (DX58SO).

I wonder if anyone is facing a similar problem and how to work around it so I can use 13.10 .iso file.

While writing this post I am downloading and burning the 12.04 .iso file to a dvd so I can try to work around the problem of the non-mounting partition. Wish me luck! ;-)

Since I'm not an advanced user in console mode, I need quite detailed instructions, please.

Best regards. Gil

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Did you md5sum check the downloaded iso? See help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM Check the number against the listing in the link for your release listed at releases.ubuntu.com under the MD5SUMS link. –  ubfan1 Mar 3 at 22:38
    
follow this and this tutorials –  JohnnyEnglish Mar 3 at 22:44
    
ubfan1 - The MD5SUM returns a perfect match. It would be a tremendous coincidence to have the same symptom with every .iso image downloaded. Thanks –  Gil Branco Mar 5 at 13:31
    
JohnnyD. - Thank you for your support. I'll try your suggested tutorials soon. –  Gil Branco Mar 5 at 13:57

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