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Old 09-23-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Linux Mint 11 stalls during installation to older HP Pavillion notebook


I am a newbie to Linux, got a 32 bit disk of Mint 11 with a British magazine and I've been attempting to install it into an old-ish HP Pavillion notebook (ze4125.) There is no other operating system on the hard drive. I changed the order in the bios to recognize the dvd drive first in the boot up sequence and the Mint dvd appears to start to do "something" but it never gets to the screen in which you click on the icon of the dvd to finally install the OS. Is this a case of a bad DVD?? Incompatible hardware?? or what?? I briefly had Ubuntu working on a Sony laptop under similar circumstances (no other OS on the HD) but wrote over it to install Windows7 (Curses! Why'd I do that???) Suggestions are appreciated as to how I can get Mint11 onto this computer.
 
Old 09-23-2011, 12:43 AM   #2
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Well you could always download the latest disc from their website and see if it works. At least then you could narrow down whether or not it's a bad disc. You could also try booting the disc you got in another computer. You don't have to make any changes, but toss it in another computer and see if it boots ok.
 
Old 09-23-2011, 04:34 AM   #3
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As dudeman41465 suggested you can download & burn another copy or LM 11. I would also suggest looking at other distro's as LM 11 tends to have more overhead and not as quick as some other distros's for "older" machines.

The above link gives you summary information on a multitude of distros.
 
Old 09-24-2011, 07:09 AM   #4
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I tried the suggestion about attempting to use the Mint11 disk on my Sony laptop. I really went beyond that suggestion and eventually I installed Mint11 permanently onto the hard drive. CONCLUSION: The Mint11 DVD was not defective.
I attempted to install Ubuntu 11.04
 
Old 09-24-2011, 07:54 AM   #5
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MY COMPLETE REPLY:
Thanks for your suggestions!!!!! I tried using the Mint 11 disk on my Sony laptop without installing it: it worked! Eventually I installed Mint 11 permanently onto the Sony's hard drive and I now have a dual boot laptop that works perfectly. CONCLUSION: The Mint 11 DVD was NOT defective.

I again attempted to install Mint 11 and later, with the same bad results, Ubuntu 11.04, onto the older HP Pavillion laptop. They both installed but would not boot.

After much messing around with the HP Pavillion the following message appeared on the screen in red (and I was starting to see red!): "40.688042 AC'97 1 access is not valid [oxrrrrrrrr]removing mixer, [40.688120] ali mixer 1 creating error." I hope this means something to somebody. . . . .

I do not think the old HP is up to either Mint 11 or Ubuntu 11.04.

Does anyone have a suggestion about where I can find some Linux variety (and which Linux variety and where might I find it?) that might be compatible with my older HP Pavillion ze4125 laptop computer?
 
Old 09-24-2011, 08:28 AM   #6
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You can google Linux on older computers.
You can try AntiX, Lubuntu, Puppy, MacPup, Slitaz to name a few but it depends upon what you will be using the computer to do.
I expect your computer (the HP) didn't meet the minimum hardware requirements for Mint 11 or Ubuntu. They are usually posted on the website.
 
Old 09-24-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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Does anyone have a suggestion about where I can find some Linux variety (and which Linux variety and where might I find it?) that might be compatible with my older HP Pavillion ze4125 laptop computer?
Debian 6 (Squeeze) will work on older machines. It even has a 486 version of the 2.6.32 kernel. If you have 512 MB, or even 256 MB, of RAM it will still work albeit slower than it would on 1GB RAM. I used to run it on my 8 year old Acer with 256 MB RAM yet Ubuntu couldn't run properly with 512 MB RAM.
 
  


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