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Old 09-10-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
AL DE SILVA
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Just installed ubuntu version 5.10


When I try to start gdm, I get this message:
* Starting GNOME Display Manager ... [fail]

gdm fails to start - what might i have done wrong during installation? Thanks
 
Old 09-10-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Hi Al and welcome to LQ!
For starters you have a VERY VERY OLD version of Ubuntu. Why not burn a more recent (as in 2011) version of Ubuntu and install that?
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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Depending on the age of the computer, it might have hardware significantly newer than such an old Ubuntu.
 
Old 09-10-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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Indeed 5.1 is a very OLD version of Ubuntu, released in 2005 and support ended in 2007. If you have a unique need to use that version, you might want to try to update the kernel to a more recent one that is compatible for that version. What particular reason do you have to be using Ubuntu 5.10
 
Old 09-11-2011, 02:59 AM   #5
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Smile

I just happened to have a CD with 5.10 on it. I'll download the latest version and try again.
now I'm reading up more about Ubuntu on the website. Many thanks for your help folks. If I run
into problems again I'll read the FAQs - failing that I'llpost another message. If it still fails
I'll need to re-install windows on the laptop (
Peace to all
AL
 
Old 09-11-2011, 03:12 AM   #6
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It would be helpful to know the specs of that machine to know if a recent Ubuntu will run on it.
 
Old 09-12-2011, 06:59 AM   #7
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Hi, my laptop is a lenovo T60 with an Intel T1300 processor,
speed 1.66 GHz and memory of 2048MB.

How do i uninstall ubuntu v 5.10 so that I can try and install the latest version?
 
Old 09-12-2011, 07:04 AM   #8
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How do i uninstall ubuntu v 5.10 so that I can try and install the latest version?
No need to uninstall.
Download the latest iso, burn it to CD/DVD and boot from the CD.
Let the installer format the drive, and install the latest version.
If you have important files you don't want to loose, first make a backup.

Kind regards
 
Old 09-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #9
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The processor speed is on the slow side, but it should be fine with a recent Ubuntu. Most linux distro's dont require a high speed processor.
 
  


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