I recently bought a new computer with the following specs
AMD Phenom II X4 970
Asus M4A87TD mobo
4 GB DDR3
HD 6950 Video card
Corsair 600 W PSU
I transferred my old HDD, erased my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and the Ubuntu OS worked like a charm. Then I installed Windows 7, installed the mobo drivers, installed the graphics drivers, installed Crysis and played it for a while.
My point here is that this is NOT a hardware issue. all the hardware worked fine up until today.
After installing windows 7, I got around to reinstalling GRUB as Windows mule-headadly erases all previous boat loaders. I ran ubuntu from a live CD and reinstalled GRUB. This caused 2 problems
1)Grub now is a limitted console with no OS's to select.
2)When I try to load a live CD (or live USB) the mobo no longer loads. Just a blank screen. This blank screen persists even if I remove the CD/USB. If I restart there is no change. If I turn off, wait 1+ hours and turn on there is still no change. The only way to get around this is to unplug the computer, wait and restart.
I tried resetting the CMOS and the problem returned after putting the live CD/USB in.
I can't imagine how a USB stick or a CD could affect the BIOS. I am really stumped. I seriously need some advice.