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[ubuntu] Lenovo W520 won't boot any distro from HD. UEFI is turned off and legacy mode is on.

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I've tried Ubuntu, Mint, etc. No luck with any of them. The live CD works fine. I've tried this with 2 different hard drives, no luck. UEFI is turned off and legacy mode is on. I've tried turning nVidia Optimus off too. All I get is a blinking cursor. Can anyone help me? I was under the impression that the W520 is very Linux friendly, so far this has been pretty discouraging. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, -lolthisismyname (Hardware)