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I just got an old laptop from a friend.... Toshiba Satellite a10-s811 and i tried to install linux.... I am new to this (VERY NEW...) After searching in google i found out that there are users who installed linux successfully (so i thought there was no hardware problem....)
The problem is : i boot from the ubuntu cd an the whole thing stops at the brown screen -> there is no install icon.... when i boot from the kubuntu cd the procedure is very slow, not reacting immediately when i click at the install icon, 15 minutes each procedure (language, time etc) and never finishes. When i boot from an XP cd everything goes well...
I dont know whats the problem and i cant find anything on the internet - I really want to start using linux sooo... some help?
Even if i wont find out whats the problem.... THANK U !
How old is the Laptop? If its old old like a pI or a pII with little ram then yes you will have problems with a newer, or should I say full linux install.
I have a pI 266cpu laptop with 384 meg of ram 4.5gb HD I installed slackware 11 on it with Fluxbox as the Windows Manager and it's usable. If your laptop has about the same specs as mine slackware would be a good choice, or maybe DSL (Damn Small Linux). Being new to Linux I would give slackware a try though.
it has a celeron 2.4, 80gb hdd and 256 ram soooo..
what i cant understand is why others have installed Ubuntu successfully at the same laptop (from what i've read at least)- which means there is no problem with the motherboard or anything else (i think i should repeat, unfortunately, that xp run so my hardware is OK) - and i cant
i burned two copies of ubuntu an kubuntu (total 4), on cds and dvds from two different desktop pcs (in case it was the cdrom or the cds). All had the same result..
Thanks for your answers anyway and i am really sorry 4 making the mistake to post this here and not to the laptop section!
Does the laptop have a windows operating system installed? Do you have the ability to connect to the internet? If so, you could use unetbootin to install many different distributions. Ubuntu is a great one.
I had same problem with 7.10 not going very far off live cd so I redownloaded the image and burned again and it came up. Might not be the case since all the other versions are giving ya heck also, but I just thought I would mention it.
Wish ya luck,