I downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 and wanted to install it on my Asus f5gl series laptop. (It is around four years old by now).
I created a bootable USB stick installer following the instructions on the Ubuntu page. I can get my laptop to recognize the USB stick, but I can neither boot it nor use it to install.
If I boot the Ubuntu install USB stick, it starts, plays the intro sound and shows the wallpaper and the mouse pointer. But then nothing else happens.
If I try to install then sort of the same thing happens. It starts, does the same thing as before and the install window pops up. But there is no text in the window. I can move the mouse pointer but I can not click on anything.
Does anyone know what might be wrong? I have searched the web for people with similar problems but so far no luck. Can it be related, somehow, to my laptop specs? Should I install an older version?
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I have already tried to install Ubuntu on Windows (with Wubi). The same thing happened. I could only see the wallpaper and the mouse pointer but nothing else.
My disk is a Hitachi HTS542525K9A00. If I go into the BIOS, I only get an option related to SATA to toggle between enhanced and compatible. (I don't recall the name of the option.)