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A consumer grade machine like that likely wouldn't have ECC memory installed anyway (it's more for higher end servers and workstations). Can you try booting off the Ubuntu advanced install or server disk in failsafe mode? Chances are, Ubuntu is having some sort of problem with one of the hardware components on the system. If you can do a failsafe boot maybe you can get some additional diagnostic information. Can you tell us at what point in the boot the kernel panic occurs? Is it before or after the init program is run?
Hmmm ... not sure if init has really been loaded. A couple quick questions?
- Have you verified the checksums of the iso files that you used to burn the disks?
- Can you test the disks out in another machine to make sure that they're good?
- Can you copy down and post a few of the lines above the kernel panic message?
Not much help there, I am afraid. I note that the Dimension 4700 is a pretty old system (Pentium 4 era). How much memory (RAM) is installed? Are there any peripheral PCI or PCI express cards installed. If so, the auto hardware detection may be having trouble with them, and it may be desirable to remove them during the install.
My best suggestion at this point is to burn an Ubuntu server install disk or the network install disk, which require fewer resources and IIRC do not attempt to load up a graphical desktop. You might have a bit more luck with these, and you can always add the graphical desktop later.
I can get into boot menu screens for Lubuntu and Xubuntu. Worked out how to use the F6 and corresponding command line. Tried adjusting screen resolution. Used "-- vga=xxx" according to instructions but get a blank screen each time, not even the pile of data I copied for you. I dont know if I should be typing in a VESA hex-number instead of the 3-digit one
Also, I cant trace whether my server is 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit,... but I must have used the relevant 3 digit number by now, in my efforts.