PC SPECS: Home built machine, she is a few years old now, anyhow here is the hardware.
Current OS: Windows 7 Home premium 64 Bit
MB: Gigabyte; Model: GA-MA785GM-US2H
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9750 Quad Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHZ
Memory: 6144 MB RAM
Display: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Sound: Realtek high definition audio driver: RTVHD64.sys
I have tried doing the boot via the disk, and the boot via the windows installer. Upon loading the windows installer first the boot screen ask me which OS I wish to operate in. Choosing Ubuntu the prompts me to a screen selection of which boot method I wish to use with Ubuntu. There is a countdown timer on the screen, once it hits zero. Nothing happens. So I reset the machine and try again, this time selecting one option after the other, every option gives me a black CMD prompt on a black background with the blinking cursor... I wait a few min at each window. Nothing occurs. The only option that gets Ubuntu to load is the "workaround" method. Of course once I get into the OS there is an error message, dealing with the partitioning of my drives. I slide it out of the way and play with the start options. The applications and what have you appear my network connection is not noticed at this point.
I reboot my machine. Start in Windows and remove Ubuntu thinking something may have gone wrong in the download process, I download the version and burn it to a CD, I open the cd to make sure the files have been properly written to the disk. After doing so I restart my machine, Boot from CD, then the pink Ubuntu Background comes up with a white icon at the bottom center that appears to be a circle with something in it... a few minutes later the screen goes black and I am at the CMD screen again.
I plan on trying the 64 Bit system today and see if that works. I will get back with you to let you know any further information.
Any suggestions on what went wrong so that I may further step through the portal known as "Linux" would be a great help, I don't like just getting my toes wet, I need to dive into the ocean to experience the pool.