unetbootin just gives me a black screen on boot
I have an Acer Aspire 5102 WLMi laptop, that I purchased 5 years ago. It has the following:
AMD Turion 64x2 Mobile Technology TL50 (1.6GHz, 512 KB L2 cache)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
120GB PATA HDD hard drive (60 gigs for the C: drive FAT32, 60 for the D: drive, NTFS)
I have Windows XP Media Center edition installed on my pc, and I want to install linux. This is my first time installing linux on anything. My laptop's cd drive doesn't work, so I wanted to boot from a USB or from hard disk. I googled around and found unetbootin, which I ran. When I ask it to use the hard disk, I select Debian stable and the one where it loads everything up beforehand, not the netboot. This is because the netboot option wasn't working - it gave me a similar problem. Anyways, I boot up, and I have a choice between unetbootin and windows xp. When I choose unetbootin, it says:
Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format
Press any key to continue ...
When I press a key, it goes to a screen that says:
GRUB4DOS 0.4.3 2007-12-25, Memory: 631K / 893M, CodeEnd: 0x40D50
When I select Unetbootin, it goes back to the previous screen, and I get stuck in this cycle.
When I configured unetbootin to do the netboot option, after I select Unetbootin it goes to a completely blank, black screen and stays there, not booting. I tried it using a USB to boot, and it gave the same errors.
Any ideas on what's going on, or some tips on how to install linux on my laptop given that I can't use cd's and I don't have access to another linux machine? Thank you for any help.