Ubuntu 7.10 doesn't boot

I've tried installing Ubuntu 7.1 (both from a Live CD and from a "text" based CD)--in both cases, the system does not boot up and I get a blank screen and none of the keys are active. The computer is a Dell X200 (800MHz) machine.  I know nothing about computers and am strictly a user.  I would appreciate any guidance--please don;t be afraid to treat me like a three year old.Thanks,Matt

Thats it, go to your room.

Sounds like a relatively old pc and may not have much memory, have a look at the last post 'missing os'.You may have more luck with xubuntu.

Honestly, if I were you I

Honestly, if I were you I would try a Debian net install.  It's almost identical to Ubuntu, without the giant overweight OS (doesn't have all the widgets and will run smoother on an older machine).  Older machines can run modern linux well if done properly, but a full Ubuntu Gutsy install is a bit much for an 800MHz machine.  Either try the Debian net install or Xubuntu, both are leighter weight and will have fewer complications overall.

Ubuntu 7.10 doesn't boot

I am using 7.10 on a Compaq laptop Presario 1200xl500 which has 766mhz celeron chip. In order to run it, I had to increase the memory to 320mb from 192 which is the maximum for this unit. (8mb of the memory is being used for the video.)I am very pleased being able to use this laptop which had been sitting gathering dust for 5 years.

Had same problem

I had the same problem.  Did you create a separate partition for "/etc"?  It a bug in the LiveCD that if you create a separate partition for "/etc" you'll get the BSOD (Black Screen of Death).  Here's a link to my posting on UbuntuForums:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=4457393#post4457393