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    Exclamation Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Hi, I would like to run Ubuntu just from the CD but that doesn't seem to work. I have a HP Computer with Windows 7 currently, I have downloaded and burned Ubuntu on a CD and rebooted. Startup loads the ubuntu GNU GRUB system, but it is different than what it was on my old computer. A black screen with a white HUD gets displayed (I remember it being purple background) and I have 3 options: Demo Ubuntu, Install Ubuntu, and Check the disc for errors. Whichever option I pick, I get a messed up screen; it has black strips on the top and bottom, the bottom strip has white lines in it, and the middle has a few BSOD-ish screens, they are blue, have white writing that can't be made out, and there are a few of them tiled there. What is going on? Did my download fail? Did my burn fail? Does my computer not support ubuntu? Whats wrong?

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    It sounds like a problem with the disk itself.
    Does the screen look something like this?:

    It probably shouldn't-that's the Windows 1.0 BSOD.
    You should try burning a new disk.
    Backups are amazing. 99% of data loss can be prevented by spending less than $100 on an external drive.
    If you have seen an error, there is a good chance someone else has, too. Google is your friend.

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    I have a 64-bit computer btw, I have tried both the 32-bit and 64-bit version now on a few CDs with no luck. I am using Cyberlink Power2Go CD burner.

    On the 32-bit, I do not get the GNU GRUB screen, just the 'normal' "Circleguy -> Keyboard" startup image.

    Pics: http://imgur.com/a/EZBDT

    Whats wrong?
    Last edited by aaronfranke; August 2nd, 2012 at 05:30 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Sounds like you got a new version of Space Invaders

    More seriously, did you have a look at your BIOS settings?
    Try maybe a Reset to Defaults, have a look at the various options?
    Do you have any special / strange PCI cards, USB (...) connected devices? (that you could remove and try again)

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kleenux View Post
    Sounds like you got a new version of Space Invaders

    More seriously, did you have a look at your BIOS settings?
    Try maybe a Reset to Defaults, have a look at the various options?
    Do you have any special / strange PCI cards, USB (...) connected devices? (that you could remove and try again)
    I am honestly not sure.
    My computer model is HP h8-1237c, I can provide more info but I honestly don't know how to do anything with BIOS

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronfranke View Post
    I am honestly not sure.
    My computer model is HP h8-1237c, I can provide more info but I honestly don't know how to do anything with BIOS
    Well, lets check for any PCI or USB cards first.
    PCI cards are the in the slots on the back of the computer. There are usually 3 or 4 of them, and some may be plugged up since they aren't being used. Are there any? If so, take a picture of it and post it here.
    USB ports are on both the front and back of the computer usually. Look for anything plugged into them. Follow the cord. If it isn't leading to a USB mouse or keyboard, list what it is here. If you have no idea what it is, take a picture and post it here. We can then determine what is on your machine that could be inhibiting it.
    We should do that before playing around with the BIOS.
    Backups are amazing. 99% of data loss can be prevented by spending less than $100 on an external drive.
    If you have seen an error, there is a good chance someone else has, too. Google is your friend.

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubun2to View Post
    Well, lets check for any PCI or USB cards first.
    PCI cards are the in the slots on the back of the computer. There are usually 3 or 4 of them, and some may be plugged up since they aren't being used. Are there any? If so, take a picture of it and post it here.
    USB ports are on both the front and back of the computer usually. Look for anything plugged into them. Follow the cord. If it isn't leading to a USB mouse or keyboard, list what it is here. If you have no idea what it is, take a picture and post it here. We can then determine what is on your machine that could be inhibiting it.
    We should do that before playing around with the BIOS.

    Are those the PCI cards? One is being used for my monitor plug and the other 3 are unused.

    The only devices plugged into my USB are a keyboard, mouse, and a webcam.

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    the "Circleguy -> Keyboard" is the accessibility icon. If you press any key you get a menu. Try f6 and nomodeset if a video issue which is very common. I have had to use nomodeset for all recent versions until I install the nVidia driver.
    But some older and some very new computers may need other boot options.

    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Ubuntu gives me a BSOD-ish screen on demo?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronfranke View Post

    Are those the PCI cards? One is being used for my monitor plug and the other 3 are unused.

    The only devices plugged into my USB are a keyboard, mouse, and a webcam.
    Yes, the things you are plugging the monitor cables into are PCI cards. It is most likely a problem with the graphics card.
    It appears (from the images you posted) that you have no integrated graphics. But, that's what I'm guessing at from the shots you've provided. Take enough pictures so that we can see everything on the back.
    Try booting to a live CD.
    The webcam shouldn't cause problems.
    Also, we need to know the graphics card type.
    1. Boot to Windows.
    2. Log in.
    3. Click on the Start button.
    4. Right click on Computer.
    5. Select Properties.
    6. Go to the Device Manager, which is on the sidebar on the left of the window that just opened.
    7. Go to Video Adapter, Video Cards, or whatever it's called. Figure out the manufacturer and model and post it here. If you can't find it, just post a screenshot of where you are stuck (you can take them by pressing CTRL + PRNT SCR, and paste it in Paint, then save the image and upload it online).
    Backups are amazing. 99% of data loss can be prevented by spending less than $100 on an external drive.
    If you have seen an error, there is a good chance someone else has, too. Google is your friend.

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