Tried to install Kubuntu 6.06, but faced several crashes! The very same disc did install nicely on two other PCs, but on this third one all I faced was problems: it took three times to get the system up and running (before the installation): first time it rebooted just before X started (or during it), second time it only gave me console (though I selected the same Start in secure graphics mode every time) and third time let me in.
Then I tried installation. 8 tries later the shortest try was a crash right away when I clicked the "install" icon, longest took me as far as formatting root partition to ext3 and starting to format swap - crash. First idea of the reason of the crashes was that KPPP had some bug since that's what I first tried - apparently it didn't, since every program seemed to crash after some testing. And after a while X itself would die as well..
So: could it be the CD drive causing the problems? I tried both DVD read-only drive (52x?) and a CD-RW drive (48x), it didn't matter. Though I installed Windows ME after this (really got to have some OS onboard), using the same CD drive, and it didn't complain anything - so could it really be the CD drive? Or perhaps lack of memory? The PC was a 1,2GHz/384MB Fujitsu, GeForce2 (64MB? or 128? dunno) and I thought it had hardware very suitable for Linux (the memory should be sufficient too, I've installed on lower amounts too, succesfully); I've installed Ubuntu, among others, on a more rare hardware than that without problems. And I couldn't think of what was causing this..reading the error messages, logfiles etc. the crashes seemed to be just random.
The CD drive is what I can think of; it has had some reading problems (both of them) before, but could that produce a series of crashes?
I hate it, since the installer would only take less than 30 minutes to install (I've tried) and installing WindowsME takes 1-2 hours depending on how big a HD one has to format. I really wanted this to install..but on the other hand, if it wasn't the CD but some other piece of hardware, then the hardware-installed version would crash too, right?
I don't have much time left to try on this..I need a running OS, and as scary as it sounds, Windows ME is beginning to sound like an alternative, though MS is dropping the support for it. Yesterday I didn't know if I was to laugh or cry to myself, since after all these years using Linux and seeing the installers grow better and better, I face a very ordinary PC with good hardware on it and am unable to even tell what is causing the crashes
So - any ideas if it could be the CD drive? Any other easy (i.e. no magic needed) way of installing Kubuntu - I can use USB flash memory keys, a 2nd (very small old ~300MB) HD and that's about it, in addition to CDs.