Hello everybody, first year IT student as well as first time Linux user here.
I've tried running Linux under many distributions including KBE, Zorin, Ubuntu, Fedora, Backtrack 5 and one or two others and each time my desktop (eMachines ET1331G-03w w/Geforce 9800GT-EE) or my school laptop (Satellite C655-S5132) with a pendrive using UNetbootin or with fedora, their live USB creator, and both computers seem to go to sleep or hibernation mode after inside of Linux for a few minutes. On my desktop the keyboard and mouse don't respond either. I've waited it out and they never recover or wake up.
On my laptop I've managed to boot into safe mode and got it to install alongside my windows but now every time I boot into the Linux I get a fault error and the system restarts.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.