I can't get a recent version to install and boot twice.
Basically, due to various installer issues, I've been stuck on Karmic since it's release. I've never gotten a clean install of anything newer to function correctly, so I was too afraid to update my working, but really showing it's age, Karmic install. I have a dual boot with Precise, but after the first reboot, I was unable to use the login manager. I can log into a shell, but attempts to invoke graphics from it fail. Last night, I tried to do an install of Quantal over it, but it was a miserable failure. With all the other post-Karmic versions, I at least made it to the interactive part of the installer. This one displayed an error message warning of a GPU lockup, then alternated between errors about being unable to idle threads (it may have been cores, etc; I can check for sure when I get home) 2 and 3. Every few cycles of this, a garbled screen would display for about 5 seconds. Based on the blue, black, and white displayed, I can tell it was meant to be the first interactive page of the installer. It was the exact same each time it appeared. Each time one of the errors displayed, a number at the beggining of the line would increment up. I decided to just let it run and see what happens, and after at least an hour or two, it finally stopped it's seizure and only displayed the same garbled screen. Any help in getting Quantal installed, or Precise to behave long enough to try and update would be much appreciated. When I get home in about 4 hours, I can provide exact text of error messages, or more information if needed. The machine in question is the one in my signiture.
Laptop: MSI CR700, 17.3" WXGA++ 16:9 1600X900 NVIDIA MCP79MVL GeForce 8200M G 512MB shared, Dual core Intel T4200 2GHZ 800MHZ 1MB, 320GB SATA, 4GB RAM (max), 6.5lbs