I have used Ubuntu (and other flavors of Linux) before. The Live Ubuntu (9.14 or 10.10) Live CDs used to work fine.
When I upgraded to Windows 7 (on the exact same hardware), I upgraded the BIOS using a .exe file. Now I’m thinking that has been the problem.
When I pop in the Live CD during the BIOS checks, it goes past the splash screen, then freezes at the Radiance background, but the cursor works (read “moves as I move the mouse”). It stays like that for 30 minutes.
I need the Live CD to manage the partitions. I’m thinking of a fresh install of Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I really like GParted. So what I need to know basically is how to downgrade the BIOS, preferably within Windows.