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Old 02-24-2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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Is it possible to install one distro and then "overwrite" it with Ubuntu


Hi everyone,

I seem to be unable to install Ubuntu at all (see this).

I was wondering if I can try installing another distro, and once the kernel and basics are up and running "update it" to Ubuntu without reinstalling the kernel and video drivers (once the Nvidia propietary drivers are up and running, all should be ok?

If yes, what would be the best distro to install and use as a launchpad to install Ubuntu?

Thanks!!!
 
Old 02-24-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Debian squeeze is a good 1. What burner software are you using? It looks like you're using winsxp.
There's a free program called cdburnerxp. Make it your default iso burner.
 
Old 02-24-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s#Ubuntu-based

I read something on hear before that mixing Ubuntu on anything that is not Ubuntu including Debian doesn't work. Debian and Ubuntu do have similarities as they do influence each other. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...onsole-863509/

Perhaps put a clean working distribution on one partition and the non working Ubuntu on the other. Don't quit on the problem until it is solved.

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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I seriously doubt it. I recommend one of the following approaches:

1. Troubleshoot your graphics problem with Ubuntu. Nvidia cards aren't that rare; sign up for an account over at ubuntuforums.org and don't give up until you figure it out.

2. Find another distro that supports your hardware and embrace it. distrowatch.com is a great resource.

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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I would actually check to see if the machine will boot the debian installer.
Is there anything in the ubuntu8 installation you want to save or recover?
Everything worked out the box with my squeeze installation. With Debian all you have to do is select "advanced options" then "expert mode" and it brings you to the same graphical installer, but the difference is that you can select the non-free drivers.
 
Old 02-24-2011, 12:04 PM   #6
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but the difference is that you can select the non-free drivers.
No you can't. The installer will ask you if you want to have the non-free repos enabled, but that has no influence on what is installed.
 
Old 02-24-2011, 12:23 PM   #7
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I seriously doubt it. I recommend one of the following approaches:

1. Troubleshoot your graphics problem with Ubuntu. Nvidia cards aren't that rare; sign up for an account over at ubuntuforums.org and don't give up until you figure it out.

2. Find another distro that supports your hardware and embrace it. distrowatch.com is a great resource.
Concerning 1, I've run out of ideas. It is difficult to troubleshoot something that starts and then dies before you get a chance of doing anything.

BTW, is there any option for telling the kernel during boot "use VGA modes". I've tried "xforcevesa", but no luck, so if I could start in VGA at least could get me going...
 
Old 02-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #8
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Try a live distribution like PuppyLinux or Kinnopix or DamnSmallLinux and see if that boots and from there see the xorg.conf or any config. These three usually almost always work.
 
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Concerning 1, I've run out of ideas. It is difficult to troubleshoot something that starts and then dies before you get a chance of doing anything.

BTW, is there any option for telling the kernel during boot "use VGA modes". I've tried "xforcevesa", but no luck, so if I could start in VGA at least could get me going...
As I have stated also in the thread you linked, try the Alternate CD from Ubuntu to install it, it comes with a text-based installer. If you have installed it, it will be much easier to troubleshoot it.
 
Old 02-24-2011, 03:11 PM   #10
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Grab an earlier LiveCD and in the terminal run
Code:
lspci
the is a lower case L not a 1 (one) and post the contents back here.

There was a Linux Kernel that caused a great deal of angst amongst some Ubuntu users, me included, that required a command line parameter to be adjusted. Not sure if it was 2.6.32 or 2.6.35.

This should not stop you installing with an AlternateCD but if it is what I think it is you will have some difficulty rebooting until you edit the GRUB command line parameters. So what is important at the moment is you find out your video cards details with lspci and then look up Ubuntu and your cards details to see what it comes up with.
 
  


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