Ubuntu :: Cannot Boot Into 9.10 LiveCD?

Mar 20, 2010

Recently I got a new computer:
Intel core 2 duo E7500 chipset
Gigabyte s-series GA-G41M-Es2l
Intel G41 express chipset.
I inserted the ubuntu 9.10 disc in and I clicked on livecd option and few seconds latter I got a trace back report. Is it that my motherboard doesn't support ubuntu or what is wrong. Why can't I boot into livecd?

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i do software (learn keyboard) for blind people. I selected ubuntu and festival and TTS. Please i NEED (mandatory for disabled people) live cd what can be inserted into cdrom and everything is done - automatic boot, settings done, software is on start-up... created own distribution, programed software, done settings, but what kills me is : How i can run AUTOMATIC (without asking, no enter) boot from CD-ROOM. Now CD asking :

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