Sorry if I'm doing this all wrong; I am barely computer literate, stumbling through this rather ungracefully...
I have an Acer Aspire One which I threw in my closet a few months back when I got a new laptop (birthday + spotty netbook internet connection + generous mom). Unfortunately, I need it to work again, and when I opened it, it would not boot, saying simply "Error 17." Somebody suggested that I put ubuntu on it and see if it worked. Never done anything like that before.
I went to the Ubuntu site and followed directions for putting the files on a flash drive. Seemed to work initially: got a preliminary screen with the ubuntu logo asking what I wanted to do (run ubuntu on the computer, burn to hard drive, etc.). However, after I chose (I tried both of the first two), I got a long, rapidly moving list of commands or something (?) in which the words "device error," "logic block" and "killing" come up a lot (I can be more specific). After a minute or two, a purple screen with blinking white/red dots and the ubuntu logo on it comes up... and stays there. Nothing else happens.
I tried first with a flash drive, then a different flash drive, then a CD (which didn't boot up anything at all and simply caused "Error 17" - may not have worked because the external CD drive doesn't "like" my netbook). I tried first the 11.10 version, then the 10.04 version. All the same problem. No idea if I can fix this.