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I have a PC which had Windows 7 installed on an SSD. I decided to blow away the Windows 7 installation and replace it with Ubuntu from a 64 bit iso file. My LAN doesn't use DHCP (I set all IP addresses to static IP addresses on LAN machines).
During the installation process I got a message saying that there was no Internet connection. Before rebooting (particularly when I tried this again using a live DVD) I set eth0 static IP, subnet mask, gateway manually,
On reboot I could see that Linux tried to boot but then it just hangs and dies.
I have since tried using Xubuntu and Mageia and I get the same problem.
Then I deleted all the partitions on the SSD and reinstalled Windows 7 64 bit and everything works again. So I am left with the knowledge that there is nothing wrong with my computer.
Clearly, though there is something that one needs to do in order to be able to successfully install Ubuntu or Xubuntu or Mageia on a PC as the installation routines don't seem to do what is necessary on their own.
This looks rather like a problem with hardware compatibility then with the network or the SSD.
I would recommend to try it with a distribution that does not hide the boot-messages behind a fancy splash-screen, so that you can see what is going on and where it actually hangs.
You should also give us all available information about the hardware involved.
I can't see anything wrong or known as incompatible with that setup, so I would recommend to install a distribution that show the boot-messages or, if it is possible (I don't know that), to disable the splash-screen, so that you can see the boor-messages and see where it actually hangs.