All of the menu options do the same thing. Select one and the menu stays on the screen and nothing happens.
I have never seen/read about each and every menu not working in such a way.
There are cases where "some" of the menus don't work because some incompatibility (or bug), but "all" of them failing the way you described?
I did no customizing before burning.
I did a hash test on the ISO and it is valid.
I apologize in advance, but if we want to troubleshoot, I have no choice but to request/ask this. Could you follow (again) the tutorial at http://wiki.ultimatebootcd.com/index.php?title=Tutorials:Calculating_Hash_Sum
here YOUR CALCULATED hash codes? With Arpoon's Checksum (linked in the tutorial) you can calculate several of them, including SHA-256. With your SHA256
code posted here, I can recheck ubcd503.iso and confirm it.
I did a burn image through PowerISO, which I have done many, many, many times before.
Good, but the specific media you used THIS time could still have a problem, or it could have developed some problem. In theory, your optical drive could be experiencing a problem.
Running a "Verify" (or equivalent) function to compare the ISO image with the real CD media should take you a couple of minutes. If you have the possibility to "Verify" it using the same optical drive where you are trying to use UBCD, AND also try an additional optical drive to "Verify" the same CD media, that's even better.
Just to be clear, "Verify" is NOT the same as comparing the contents.
I have tested the burned ISO on a real PC (one I am trying to operate on) and through my VM. Both act the same.
That's the most strange thing. Having a problem on a real PC, that's one thing. But not being able to use the original ISO image
in a VM, must say something about the configuration of the VM (since I myself can correctly use the original UBCD503.ISO in a VirtualBox VM with no "general" problems).
Or maybe... Are you using the optical media itself in your VM (instead of the original ISO image)?
Any other suggestions, besides looking in the announcements section?
Besides my requests in this post (and I'll wait for your feedback), my suggestion to look in the announcements section of the forum was for you to be able to try the latest ubcd available, which, among other updates, uses an updated Syslinux version (it still have some syslinux-related issues), but it may
solve your problem.
To be clear, Syslinux itself shouldn't
be the problem in this particular case, but currently nobody can discard anything.
Before you start all again using the latest non-stable version, I would recommend trying first the other (more simple) suggestions/requests/troubleshooting and giving here the feedback.
I really would like to get these tools working as I am trying to make some progress of blowing away my hard drive and starting over with a fresh format and install. Unfortunately I don't have a DOS boot floppy or the means to make one and this CD seems to be what I need.
I don't know the exact details of what you are trying to achieve, but it is not so important if you can't use "any" of the tools in UBCD. In any case, try following the requests/suggestions here, come back with feedback, and we'll see how to resolve the problem (or give some workaround).