Originally Posted by AnGabhar
I am trying to install Slackware 13.1 from a DVD out of one of the Linux magazines. My system is a Toshiba L505D, Win 7 64 bit, dual processor, 3Gb RAM, 320 Gb HD.
When I attempt to load the hugesmp.s or the huge.s at the prompt, the installation will get to the following point and stall (I gave it 20 minutes):
Ubuntu can be installed as a file within Windows using wubi. You can use Windows compmgmt.msc to set up your partitions in advance. I don't guarantee it but it might solve your problem:
If that works, Ubuntu can later be migrated to a partition of its own:
I came across your post because I was having the same problem with installing Sabayon on my MSI U100 Netbook.
Sabayon booted fine from my LiveCD in all the various forms which, together with the fact that I have been able to install all kinds of distros before, led me to the conclusion that the problem was not my machine but something else.
I had Windows XP installed in a primary partition on the machine. I also had Ubuntu installed on a logical drive of an extended partition and a swap file partition on another logical drive of the extended partition. In addition I had several empty logical drives on the extended partition. When installing Sabayon, I selected an empty partition and gave the same swapfile partition as Ubuntu, which I had done before with other installations without problems. I also did not let Sabayon intall a bootloader. After install, I booted Ubuntu and did a 'sudo update-grub', which found the Sabayon install and listed it in grub on the next boot. However, the Sabayon install died at the above mentioned point. I re-installed but the same error came up.
Next I wiped all partitions except for Windows. I created a primary 4GB partition for swap although 2GB would probably be enough given my 2GB of memory. I also created another primary partition, which is not relevant to this discussion. Finally I created an extended partition with a bunch of logical drives.
I installed Saboyan on a 12 GB logical drive and designated the 4GB primary partiton as swap. I also let Saboyan use it's own boot loader.
Success! Saboyan booted up fine.
Possible causes of the problem are -
1) swap file must be on primary partition, cannot be shared, or swap file too small.
2) must use Saboyan's boot loader
3) other linux installations somehow interfere
4) install partition must be fresh and unformatted
The cause, at least in my case, could be any one or a combination of the above. Further investigation may narrow it down. Anyway, I offer these as possible clues to follow up.
I now have to re-install Ubuntu myself to see what happens. If I discover anything further I'll add to this post then.