I am a total beginner to both Linux and Ubuntu.
I have a netbook, an Acer Aspire One D255 with Windows 7.
I want to boot from USB (no cd-drive on netbook) to first try Ubuntu and perhaps install it if it works fine.
I created a bootable USB (as shown on the Ubuntu website) , with Ubuntu Netbook Remix (10.10) I booted, and on startup, a purple screen with at the bottom a stickfigure in a circle and next it something (a harmonica? a chocolate bar? a strip of ram?) This shows for a second or 2, and then I get a black screen with a blinking cursor, and nothing happens after this.
Then, I created a bootable USB with the most recent desktop-version (11.04) It boots, it gives me menu, but if I press a key, everything freezes. When I don't press a key, it starts running from USB, and it does performs 2 loading steps and then noting... total freeze...
What is going on and what am I doing wrong?
Update: I tried waiting for 15 minutes but I still did not get a response.
Loading /casper/initrd.lz............... ready.