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linux netbook install hang

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Last Modified: 2012-07-20
I've tried a couple of different flavors (ubuntu, mandriva) of linux and several different apps to convert my iso so that my usb stick is bootable, but they all hang on startup with the
syslinux (4.04, 4.06, etc) edd boot screen and it will go no farther.
Am I not setting something up correctly, or is this a potential compatibility problem?
I'm not familiar with linux installations, so I'm looking for guidance from those that have gone before me.  Trying to wipe out everything on the disk and install a fresh copy...
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