I just bought the book "Ubuntu Unleashed 2012 Edition: Covering 11.10 and 12.04 (7th Edition) " by Matthew Helmke. Included was the DVD with Ubuntu 11.10 onboard.

Before we go forward, my system is as follows:
HP Elitebook 8460p Notebook
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M (2.50 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
300 Gig HD
4 Gig Memory
2.50 Gig proc. Speed
I have Windows 7 installed on a first 100 Gig partition on the hard-drive. The rest is unallocated.

My plan is to install Ubuntu in a following partition of about 100 Gig and let Grub 2 do the work of selecting which one to boot to.

The disk comes up OK asking you to select a language (English). Then I can select either of "Try without installing" or "Install on Hard Drive" and it will still quit at about the same place. An Ubuntu symbol comes up on the screen and the little dots mark time as if something is loading for a number of seconds. Then it breaks down and dumps me into an Ash shell with the following error message:
---> Unable to find a meduim contianing a live file system <---
I can navigate around using the Ash Shell with such commands as LS and CD.

I had originally tried an minimized system Ubuntu .iso file downloaded from the internet and had the exact same problem.

I know that linux can run this machine. I have a Knoppix 7.0 disk that will completely launch the system from the CD tray. I can use this system to get online, manipulate files, and have used GParted to manipulate partitioning.

It is possible for me to create the partition I want, following windows, and then copy all the files from the DVD over to the newly created partition. But then I don't know how to make Grub2 load as the boot-loader and point to both of my systems.

What should I do? Relitive Linux Newbie, Gary