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Old 12-01-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
sikesusmc
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linux distros will not work for my laptop


hi.

i have an: acer aspire 5336
running currently on: windows 7 home
processor: intel celeron
ram: 3g
system: 64

none of the linux distros work on my comp except for ubuntu 10.04 which is kinda old. i dont even want to use ubuntu really. i have (on dvds):

fedora 16
ubuntu 11.10
linux mint (most recent)

^ they should all be most recent by 12/1/11

i burned everything correctly. heres what happens with ALL distros:

- i run boot with d: drive
- it loads a normal graphics-based screen like a logo and prompts me to install
- i click install
- the cd drive reads but then the screen goes completely black, no commands work

after mashing buttons for a few seconds a bunch of text goes on the screen and deletes fast so fast i cant read it then it boots off the hard drive.

any reason why this is doing this?

i have an intel based graphics card could that be why? its a walmart laptop i got it for school. why wont it work?
 
Old 12-01-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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Are you trying a dual boot or a fresh install of Linux?
Your hardware looks pretty supportive as it can run Ubuntu 10.04
are all the linux distros u tried 64-bit?
 
Old 12-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Are you trying a dual boot or a fresh install of Linux?
Your hardware looks pretty supportive as it can run Ubuntu 10.04
are all the linux distros u tried 64-bit?
im trying to fresh install and all of the distros are 64 i think fedora is 32
 
Old 12-01-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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What symptoms or errors occur that lead you to say Linux distros do not work?
 
Old 12-01-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
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There is a bug associated with Ubuntu and the box u have. Read here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/806978
some help here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1742352
...and if you don't wanna run Ubuntu and are trying fedora.... give centos 5.7 64bit a shot. I had no problem installing it on any machines.
 
Old 12-01-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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^ i dont want ubuntu at all it was a test. frank i dont know if they all dont work but id like to either use fedora or mint. what could i do? the screen just goes black when i try to boot it up and install the os
 
Old 12-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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Heres what i found out
linux installation is unable to detect your laptop screen (specially newer ones)
The solution is either to
pass bootloader paramater "vga=2" to ke kernel or you can just do
boot: linux vga=ask
OR
simply follow a text installation of linux as
boot: linux text
and when the os installs, just need to configure the display.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
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Heres what i found out
linux installation is unable to detect your laptop screen (specially newer ones)
The solution is either to
pass bootloader paramater "vga=2" to ke kernel or you can just do
boot: linux vga=ask
OR
simply follow a text installation of linux as
boot: linux text
and when the os installs, just need to configure the display.
thank you so much. i have 1 more problem. i am on linux right now, i got it to work by passing nomodeset. when i go to my monitor settings, it says unknown monitor. how to i get ubuntu to recognize my monitor without nomodeset?
 
Old 12-02-2011, 05:52 PM   #9
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I'm glad you sorted the installation part.
I almost never user GUI on my Linux, but take a look at this
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1364460
Gud luck.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #10
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If the display is adequate, I wouldn't worry about trying to make the autodetect work.

If you have to enter "nomodeset" on every boot, it is possible to configure GRUB to pass display information to the boot process. I've never done it, but here's a link:

http://harrison3001.blogspot.com/200...ps-to-set.html

Regarding Mint or Fedora, I would suggest booting to their Live CDs, then looking at their respective control centers and seeing whether the monitor was recognized. In your place, I would pick the one best passed that test.

My understanding is that these days it is the kernel that probes the hardware. If this is a really really new model of monitor, it could be that it hasn't made it into the kernel yet. Just guessing.
 
  


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