Booting/Installing ubuntu just stops/blank screen
I am quite a confident windows user, but otherwise very new to Ubuntu, and after some exploration last year with my laptop, I wish to now use Ubuntu exclusively on my desktop. However I am having difficulty installing.
I have tried both CD and USB methods, following the methods suggested on the main download page. Each time I get stuck at either a blinking _ (cd method) or a screen very similar to the screenshot hopefully attached to this post (usb method).
I have tested both usb and cd on my laptop and it will boot from them, so I am assuming that they have been created properly and are working as intended, and that the issue is with my desktop hardware perhaps?
I tried unplugging all unecessairy devices (everything bar a ps2 keyboard and usb mouse) the only thing I've not tried is to remove a pci sound card from the mobo.
intel core i7 960 (overclocked, will this affect and install?)
12GB DDR3, on standard clock
SSD system drive and HDD data drive
nvidia gtx 580
asus xonar d2
acpi x64 based pc
cannot recall the mobo id at the moment and reluctant to open the pc at this hour
Cannot think other any other relevant details currently. I've tried to look for similar errors on the forums and web in general but can't see anyone with an exact same issue, and fixes for similar ones have not proved successful for me.
Any help is much appreciated, thank you.