I had Windows 7 running on a Lenovo SL400 laptop without UEFI (double checked) with NTFS/MBR set up. An install of (MD5-checked) Ubuntu 13.04 Server (note that, no GUI) from a flash drive resulted in no boot, no details as to what was going on, just a white blinking underline cursor on a black screen.
I then used a DOS booting flash drive to reformat the hard drive to FAT32, then reinstalled; failed again, same failure.
So, I loaded Bodhi onto the flash drive, used it to wipe the HD with
dd then ran
badblocks +w to completely scrub the drive before putting Ubuntu Server 13.04 back on the flash drive and re-reinstalling; failed again.
It happens whether the BIOS is set to AHCI or Compatibility Mode. It happens whether I use LVM or just ext4 & swap directly on the hard drive (500GB WD).
How can I install Ubuntu server successfully?
Here's more detail: http://paste.ubuntu.com/6274751/