Is this on the machine it was originally installed on? If so, how far does it actually get, does it get into/past grub? or does it fail to even get to the splashscreen?
Also I don't think this plan will work quite as well as you maybe hoping anyway since only the drivers for the first machine it comes across are essentially going to be installed into the kernel and so requiring sorting out drivers each time for each machine (I could be wrong tho, keeping up with what linux distribution does what exactly isn't a major hobby). I would suggest it would work if you can place a live Distribution on a USB Stick however, the full installed version of Ubuntu I wouldn't be so sure about.
Last edited by r3sistance; 07-31-2010 at 12:16 AM.