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Old 12-26-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
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Ubuntu install problems with Dell Inspiron 6000

I just got a I6000, and I'm trying to put Ubuntu on it. I've tried with several different install and live discs, and none of them are working. The screen starts to flicker on and off as soon as it gets into the setup. The screen will only be visible for a fraction of a second before flickering back to black for a few seconds. I can't get more than a few steps into the install before it gets too difficult to just click through choosing the default language and time settings.

I've looked around, and haven't been able to find anyone having similar problems with this. My only guess is that it's a problem with the ATI Mobility Radeon X300 video card, but no one else seems to be having problems with it. Even so, one of my desktops has an ATI card in it, and it works fine just picking up the default driver.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?
Old 12-27-2005, 12:26 PM   #2
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WIth laptops (and any distro that uses graphical installs) sometimes the display can flicker or not come up at all. I know that with my previous dells (i8000 and i8600) the install was okay, but afterwards, in order to make X work, I had to specifically add modelines to xorg.conf to make it work... I'm not in front of an Ubuntu installer (or linux comp at all) at the moment, but is there a text or low res install option?
Old 12-27-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Aye, I managed to get it working. I had to type "linux vga=771" into the boot prompt at the start of the installer.
Old 12-27-2005, 12:45 PM   #4
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I was just about to respond to that - I found a stray ubuntu install disc. I take it that it worked then?
Old 01-11-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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same problem

I have an Inspiron 6000 w/ ATI x300 as well, and I am having the same problem but with installing FC4. I'm going to try that fix now...
Old 01-21-2006, 10:55 AM   #6
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XryanX and lexx11

I had the same problem, and i have the same laptop (I6000). Here is the solution:

When you are at boot promt u have to see the options, i think clicking on F2... and find the option to but the frame buffer off...

i dont remember exactly but thats why am telloing to find the option..

(maybe is "linux debian\framebuffer = false" )

dont remember the commaand, i repeat. But the thing is NO FRAME BUFFER.

hope u can solve it.

(that happend with FC4 too)


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