can't boot to CD for test drive ubuntu 10.10

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http://www.ubuntux.org – Try ing to boot to CD but get fatal error and boot hangs on ubuntu splash screen. My gaoal is to install ubuntu to a seperate disk drive on system I built about 2 1/2 years ago. The system currently consists of: windows xp media 2 GB RAM 2 SATA drives configured in STRIPE Mode. 1 sli graphics card MSI DIAMOND mother board AMD duo core chip (4400) The 3rd hard drive is 500 GB ( not yet installed) It is to be independent of windows ). I dowloaded the 64 bit version of ubuntu 10.10, but boot to the CD fails.( FATAL ERROR) After the test drive I was going to install the New HD and Then UBUNTU on (Distributions)