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Old 02-10-2007, 04:42 PM   #1
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Can't seem to install Linux?


I have an old HP Pavilion 6730 running Win98SE. I wanted to get rid of Windows and install Ubuntu Linux but it hangs midway through. Tried two other Linux distros and they do the exact same thing. It had a shutdown problem in Win98. Anyone know the answer to this? Many thanks.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like it might be bad hardware. Have you checked out all the components and run memtest86+? Also, it would help if you provided the hardware specs. You might be below what some of the more "heavyweight" Linux distros are designed to handle.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 05:06 PM   #3
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More info please -- did you remove Win98, or are you trying to dual boot? Also, what is the size of your hard drive? Do you physically have enough room to do the install?
 
Old 02-10-2007, 05:10 PM   #4
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Here are the specs out of the box:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=58757&lang=en

My experience with i810 chipset, expect some problems, not all Linux systems istall well with it. Mandrake 10.2, Red Hat 9, are some of the best on that system with 128mb ram minimum.

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Old 02-10-2007, 05:15 PM   #5
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What are the two other distro's you tried?

You could try something like Debian. I have a 300Mhz laptop that I installed Debian on. I tried Ubuntu on it and it would just hang on the live disc boot up.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 05:17 PM   #6
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Erk - you would want that memory maxxed out to run Ubuntu; slowly.
Even something like Knoppix is going to give grief on 64 Meg - you'll need some (Linux) swap space. Probably pre-allocated.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 05:56 PM   #7
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The machines been modified. It has 256 megs of ram, two HDD's and a replacement gaming video card. I know win98se had a shutdown issue. I wasn't able to fix it.

I tried Kubuntu as well as Freespire. Both hanged at the exact same spot as Ubuntu. Thanks.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 06:18 PM   #8
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Where did they hang? Did they produce any error or warning messages at that point? Ity seems like your specs are sufficient, although Ubuntu won't be blazing fast on that hardware. Did you try checking the memory as I suggested? Often bad memory or bad CDs are the cause of installation related woes.
 
Old 02-10-2007, 06:57 PM   #9
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Also:

The original CD-ROM may not have good read capability with burnt discs, I have a Pavilion 8765c which has a burner also, the burner has a superior laser as with most burners compared to OEM CD-ROM, try cleaning the drive, if you have added a burner you can disable the CD-ROM in the bios, then the computer will look to the burner for bootable media. You may also be able to set the burner to be next after floppy in the order of bootable devices. Or if none of this is possible, see if you can borrow a newer CD-ROM or burner to do the install, that may solve it.
If it has the Asus newam mobo, it will work with pc 133 ram as most parts places do not carry pc 100 no more, but approx half the mobos that are designed for pc 100 will have major quirks/problems with pc 133 that a salesperson says can replace pc 100. If you have the Asus cusi-m mobo as I suspect you do because of the processor, that one has problems with pc 133 ram.

Suggestions before downloading anything else.

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:39 AM   #10
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puppy linux might be the easiest way to find out-its a smaller download. did you take a look at the checksums?
 
  


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