My ultimate goal right now is to get Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit (cannot
be 32 bit) installed on my internal hard drive (in particular, dual-booting with Win7).
When I try to start the LiveCD, it gives me an error that says "The installer encountered an unrecoverable error. A desktop session will now be run so that you may investigate the problem or try installing again." Now, I know that that
problem is common, but the solutions given online make no difference. And that's not even close to being the extent of my problem.
(FYI, this happens after
the keyboard icon where I can push a button to bring up a menu.)
After that, it successfully takes me to a LiveCD desktop (where I'm typing this now, actually). But, it doesn't see my hard drive. It shows my external drive, but not my internal. It also seems to think I have a floppy drive. And when I try to install, it doesn't show my internal drive.
I tried restarting, obviously, tried reburning the disk. I checked the disk integrity and it's ok. I tried installing without going to the desktop first, made no difference. I tried the previous version so that I could upgrade (with hesitance, I've had bad luck with upgrading recently), and it still couldn't see my hard drive.
Then I tried the alternate cd. While loading, it told me to make sure the disk was in the drive because it wasn't reading it. So, I did a disk check on that and got the message "The ./pool/main/b/branding-ubuntu_0.4-0ubuntu1_all.deb file failed the MD5 checksum verification. Your CD-ROM or this file may have been corrupted."
I tried reburning it. Nero didn't even give me an option about what speed, it burned it at 10x. Same problem.
I tried googling the problem, but, as so often happens when I google Linux problems, the most recent solutions come from 2006.
Here's some links to my specs (it's a custom-built machine):
(Edit: Note that this is a different machine than the one described in my sig.)
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, 3x USB power
If it's relevant, optical drive that I'm using to burn the disks and install the OS: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
I think that's all that's relevant, but I can post more if you need it.
I'm going to continue trying solutions, but in the meantime I'd really appreciate if anyone could help me out.