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Old 03-02-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
jimc2603
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I can't get beyond the opening intro


Hello! I have a Sony laptop CPU 2.80GHz HDD 60Gb and 512Mb RAM. I have defragmented.I downloaded Ubuntu 9 and burned to CD and all begins well as follows:
1 booting logo
2 Opening dialog screen
3 screen full of text(lasts about 5 seconds)
4 a screen full of mosaic patterns appears
5 a mauve screen flashes (with small rectangular patterns on it
6 that's it - I have to switch off after 10 minutes or more!

Sent for the CD from Canonical - same happens as above.
A friendly suggestion offered was to try the alternate iso. I downloaded this and unzipped the files. These are scattered around the desktop in folders and files. How do I burn these to a disk?(get them together or just start with the"install" folder?)
Please help. I'd like to persevere.Hello! I have a Sony laptop CPU 2.80GHz HDD 60Gb and 512Mb RAM. I have defragmented.I downloaded Ubuntu 9 and burned to CD and all begins well as follows:
1 booting logo
2 Opening dialog screen
3 screen full of text(lasts about 5 seconds)
4 a screen full of mosaic patterns appears
5 a mauve screen flashes (with small rectangular patterns on it
6 that's it - I have to switch off after 10 minutes or more!

Sent for the CD from Canonical - same happens as above.
A friendly suggestion offered was to try the alternate iso. I downloaded this and unzipped the files. These are scattered around the desktop in folders and files. How do I burn these to a disk?(get them together or just start with the"install" folder?)
Please help. I'd like to persevere.
 
Old 03-02-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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Which .iso files did you download? 32 bit or 64 bit? Did you do a md5sum check on the image before you burned the CD?

If not, you have no idea if the download is good, or not. How did you burn the image? See this link for help with burning the image.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/LQ_ISO

Pay attention to this -

http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...sum_in_Windows

This is the only way you know the download is good.
 
Old 03-02-2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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possibly trouble with the xserver and display configuration?

Try ctrl + alt + F2

See if you get a command prompt to login. If you can login that way post the output from the xorg logfile /var/log/Xorg.0.log
 
Old 03-03-2010, 08:58 AM   #4
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Hi Bret381 and camorri~
Thanks for your replies ~ as a beginner I don't quite understand all your points or quite how to remedy them. But you may recall from my original message I have been sent a CD from Canonical so that should be faultless (yes?) but it produces the same problem (sticking after half way)~ suggesting my computer may be part of the problem
This morning I did buy the Linux Complete Manual at my local paper shop and in the introduction there is a sentence about Sony Vaio laptop giving a problem!
 
Old 03-03-2010, 09:13 AM   #5
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well it should be, but thats not a 100% gaurantee. As I mentioned earlier, after you linux install boots up and you get to the muave screen that it hangs on switch to tty2 by pressing ctrl + alt + F2 simultaneously. This should give you a console login with no gui. enter your username that you set up during the install and press enter and then the password and press enter. This should put you at a prompt similar to yourname@hostname $

from this prompt issued the following command:

Code:
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | less
For now, just press the enter key to move down the log and see if you find anywhere that says there is an error. If so we can move on with more
 
Old 03-03-2010, 09:27 AM   #6
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OK it's a Sony Vaio laptop.

What specific model?
 
Old 03-03-2010, 10:24 AM   #7
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Google...

You would be well served by searching, using the exact name and model number of your Vaio and linux, linux boot troubles/problems, or the like. We have our own Google, by the way.

http://www.google.com/linux

As a fall-back and fault finder, you can use a live-cd of KNOPPIX 6.2.1, with any of the cheatcodes that seem appropriate. Use the cheatcode options suggested by any of the results that you get from your Google search. If you can get KNOPPIX to boot, use the information from there to help you with your other linux.

ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/linux/knoppi...cheatcodes.txt

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Old 03-03-2010, 10:56 AM   #8
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Fresh CD

The first problem I see is that you may have downloaded the 64 BIT Ubuntu, your laptop is 32 bit meaning 64 Bit wont boot. When downloading a file make sure it dosent say AMD64 or *86-64 at the end of the file name. If you have determined you have downloaded the proper file, use the ISO burner that you like, I prefer Active@ ISO Burner. As to make Files into one ISO use Free ISO Creator. I do not advise using it to make Linux files as they may become corrupted when forming files into an ISO. Using the correct file and a fresh CD-r with a good ISO burner you should have Ubuntu up and running.
 
Old 03-03-2010, 02:53 PM   #9
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Burn...

You have to burn the downloaded file as an image file or it will not boot.

When you think that you have a good linux CD, try it on another machine and use the self check function you should find in the CD boot menu to verify that you have a good CD.

You will at at least then know that the problem is your Vaio and not the CD.

It would help if you were to post the exact model number of your Vaio

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Old 03-03-2010, 03:44 PM   #10
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My laptop is a Sony Vaio Model: PCG-GRT916V
 
Old 03-03-2010, 03:49 PM   #11
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At the boot screen did you try
Quote:
F4. Graphics Modes. If video is unacceptable during the operation of the CD, selecting the "Safe graphics mode" may provide better results during LiveCD operation or until video issues can be resolved after installation.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
 
Old 03-03-2010, 04:58 PM   #12
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In case it helps...

These are the specifications. It is a 32-bit machine with an Nvidia graphics chip. Mind the Danish.

http://support.vaio.sony.eu/computin...m=PCG-GRT916V#

If you downloaded that KNOPPIX 6.2.1, you could try booting with "knoppix xmodule=nv screen=1400x1050"

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Old 03-03-2010, 06:07 PM   #13
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Tried the safe graphics F4 - no help ~ didn't go as far into the start up as previously. Tested for errors and memory - seemed OK.
I suppose I need to uninstall the stuff I have on my desktop before I can download "knoppix xmodule = nv screen+1400x1050" (Do I burn that as an ISO image on to a CD?)
If I get nowhere with the Canonical CD then I think it must be my machine (agree?)
I'm certain I downloaded the 32 bit.
 
Old 03-03-2010, 06:23 PM   #14
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No XP...

If you don't still have an operating system on the Vaio you will have to find another machine to download any live-cd. Then just download the KNOPPIX file and burn it, using a burning program that will burn the file as an image file. You could go out and buy a few rewritable CDs. It makes things cheap and easy.

You don't have to remove anything as long as you have enough disk capacity for the downloaded ISO file.

Do you in fact still have XP and does the Vaio function well? Could you give a more exact description of how far beyond the POST screen you can get? Is there a Ubuntu splash screen? What is the "dialogue screen" you mentioned? Do you get as far as the booting menu?

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Old 03-03-2010, 06:44 PM   #15
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Running windows XP sp3. Runs reasonably though rather slowly. Have CDs to burn. on both my burned Cd and acquired one I get as far as the little circle (booting up?) a few music notes then the mauve flashing screen (more details as in my first post, above)I'll try knoppix tomorrow. The only other laptop with a CD reader(only) that I have is an old Win 98 Compaq with 64 MB RAM(so I don't expect anything to run on that - and in windows it takes about 20 minutes to start up - a quick suitable Linux for that would be marvelous!)
 
  


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