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Ubuntu Partition on Windows 8 Machine

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http://askubuntu.com – I have an ASUS Q400A, running Windows 8, and would like to add an Ubuntu 12.04 partition to the hard drive. However, each time that I select the "Install Ubuntu" option from the boot menu, the screen goes blank, and the computer idles until I shut it down. I have burned two different DVDs from two different downloads, and finally tried to boot from a USB drive. I have shrunken the Windows partition to make space (yes I know Ubuntu usually gives you the option to do this during installation), as well as changed the boot command by replacing 'quiet splash' with 'nomodeset', in hopes that the (HowTos)