Ok so this is pretty odd. I have an old machine, AMD, 3GB of ram. I can load windows onto the disk fine, it formats the drive, then when it goes to restart to boot from the disk, i get a bluescreen(related to video drivers) and i i take out a stick of ram, any stick, it will boot up fine and finish the install.
I have installed ubuntu on my computer and a friends computer without any issues and then another friend also wanted ubuntu after seeing how much better it preforms compared to windows. So I installed it on there computer and they needed to run a windows only program and we got a bluescreen error that had to due with volsnap.sys.
After I tried to install Ubuntu 12.10 into my Windows 7 a black screen came up and nothing happened for over five minutes. So I force shutdown my computer and started again on the linux CD. I partitioned the Linux partitions manually and installed Ubuntu.
I already got two bluescreens this morning when running Putty (Version 0.63.0.0, which is the newest version as far as I can tell). I have a microcontroller that sends data to a serial->usb converter. The driver for the converter is called "Prolific USB-To-Serial Comm Port (COM12)". The driver version number is 22.214.171.1243 (date October 17th, 2013). So this seems to be up to date as well.