Ubuntu Server 12.10 (or 12.04) install wont start (VM in ESXi host)

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http://askubuntu.com – I have a working ESXi host running several other working Ubuntu VMs. I am attempting to install Ubuntu on a new host. I have tried 12.10 and 12.04.1 both with the same result. After selecting the language if I select "Install Ubuntu Server" or "Check disc for defects" nothing happens. No error messages, the screen doesn't go blank, it just sits at that menu and becomes unresponsive. I've redownloaded the iso several times. There is no CD/DVD drive to fail (I'm virtually mounting the iso), I've completely deleted and reacreated the VM and its disks several times and still running into the (HowTos)