Whenever I try and boot up any distro I get stuck at the syslinux line with a blinking cursor. I know this question has been asked many times before but every answer I found is from years ago, which none seemed to have worked for me, and I’m not sure if their even applicable to newer versions of the distros I've used.
I don't have access to a cd burner and I can't order a disk with a specific distro installed, so this common answer is out of the question for me.
I'm currently running on Windows 7 on an acer aspire.
I've tried 5 distros (ubuntu, zorin, puppy, fedora and mint), same outcome in all of them.
I’ve tried creating my live usb with unetbootin and pendrive, same outcome and I’ve checked MD5SUM, everything’s fine.
I used 3 different usb sticks, an hp 10 gig, a sandisk 8 gig(i've read sandisk usb's have issues and I’ve tried the fixes for it, still nothing), and a 7 gig with a worn off label.
I've tried formatting these stick in FAT32, exFat, and ntfs (these are the only options I’m given when I format them) same outcome every time.
I've tried with partitioning my system (with windows disk manager and again with gparted) and without partitioning anything, no change, and I cant even get to the point to let ubuntu's partitioner start up.
I used the solution at Wont boot from USB, stops at SYSLINUX copyright and can't install with usb pen drive, SYSLINUX problem, same results.
I have been able to get ubuntu to install using wubi but the 30 gig partition it does is nowhere near enough memory for me.
I just want to be able to use my usb to install a distro, I’m not trying to make a persistent usb to carry all my data with it or anything like that.
Can anybody tell me what I could try next, or what additional info I should try and give?