Trouble installing or booting into Ubuntu or Fedora using a live USB or DVD on a new Lenovo E31

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I've tried a live USB with Ubuntu 12.04.1 (both i386 and AMD 64-bit) as well as 11.10, as well as Ubuntu 10.04 on a DVD and Fedora 17 on a live USB. In all cases, selecting the option to boot into Ubuntu or install Ubuntu causes the machine to lock up in various places (for example, in a couple of cases the screen just blanks out after I select to try Ubuntu, and in another case a checklist that has some items like SATA 0:0:0:0 shows up and freezes before it would successfully boot to the home screen). The machine does successfully boot into Windows (I've tried this on two separate E31's, one (HowTos)