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Sorry for getting back to this so late, had some pretty important stuff come at me in life.
How are you burning dvd?
Are you using unetbootin for usb.
Also most distros you can boot in failsafe mode.
for DVD's i'm using imgburn on lowest write speed, the discs work in other desktops so no problem there, checksums even verify.
for USBs i've used UNetbootin and also LinuxLive USB Creator
I would try a live CD or a diagnostic CD with memory check (probably you can try to remove one of the SDRAMs).
Reset your BIOS/UEFI settings and set all settings for voltages and clockspeed/timing of the RAM to "auto".
After that test your RAM with Memtest86+.
Memtest86+ Comes up with no errors on several passes, i've thought it was the RAM a long time ago and it passed before, decided to give it another test just incase and still comes up clean with no errors.
Last edited by staticextasy; 05-30-2013 at 05:44 PM.
Have you tried to flash the motherboard with the latest BIOS?
Didn't think about that, so I checked out to see if I had an update and I did. I always get a little worried when doing BIOS Updates because of the damage that can be done...
Anyways, I flashed the newest BIOS and sure enough a live copy of the latest Ubuntu booted right up. I don't know what may have changed but after flashing the BIOS, I also loaded the defaults up and fixed the boot order before i booted it into Linux.
I'm going to give a few other distros a try and see if all is well, Hopefully this is the last you'll hear from me.
Distribution: Linux Mint 15/Ubuntu 13.10/Debian 7/SUSE 11.x/openSUSE 12.3/RHEL 6.4/Fedora 18/Slackware, and 5 more
I've seen similar things before on some of my systems, and what I did was use a live cd variation of said distro, mount the installation partition to /mnt or another directory, and then sudo chroot /mnt to chroot into it, the install a new kernel, and then run update-grub, or update the grub file manually, and boot into that new kernel.