Ok, I've finally tired of bothering with Window's endless garbage, and wanted to get into Linux. Hearing that Ubuntu was good for a Linux newb, I wanted to try this distro.
So, I've reformatted the hard drive, took out the extra partitions, and wanted to put new partitions in to dual boot Ubuntu Linux, and then have Windows on the side for gaming, and until I fully understand how to use Linux.
Fdisk doesn't partition ext2/3 filesystems, which I heard was what Linux used...(?) and Ranish Partition Manager gives me a weird error message.
So, I figured I could just set up the partitions in Linux.
After several failed attempts to set up a successful ISO disk in Nero, I burned the ISO image to a disk using DeepBurner. Lo and behold, the lovely initial screen showed up, and I nearly cried in joy, only to be kicked in the face mere minutes later by a red screen and a dialogue box that says "Unable to detect and mount CD-Rom" It said I could try moving on to another step, to see if it would resolve itself, but any step I tried after that refused to work.
Is this some sort of incompatibility with my hardware? (I've seen other users with the same problem on the main Ubunut forums, and an ASUS motherboard seems to be common to all of us, though this may or may not be a coincidence)
Or am I supposed to somehow "mount" the CD first? I have no idea how to do this...if anyone could help, I'd greatly appreciate it.