Re: Live CD Won't Boot
Looks like a bad burn. If using CD, please torrent ISO rather than download, as torrent is a self-auditing/correcting technology. Torrent from Ubuntu site and no other. If you cannot torrent for some reason, then make sure you MD5 the ISO, and checksum the burned image. Instructions here. Once confident of burn, run session as a LiveDVD/USB to make sure everything is working before installing. This includes running gparted (be careful!) to see if all HDDs are recognized. A good installation howto is here.
Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
Guru: It's bad to jump off cliffs. Let's look at better options.
Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.