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Could anyone explain this?
I downloaded kubuntu 9.10 livecd, fedora live cd & dvd 32-bit(i386 & i686 to be exact)(at least 7 different linux distributions).
They don't work for me.
Kubuntu makes that loading logo and after a minute the HDD freezes. I've installed ubuntu based OS's a million times but never had this problem ever.
Just to say that I am a newbie so don't take it out on me.
pentium 3.06 (family 15 model 4 if that means anything- could you check if it is 64bit)
That is all I know about this PC.
motherboard foxconn, don't know the model.
Sorry for not knowing the motherboard, I gotta check it out.
Last edited by grim2008; 12-19-2009 at 07:49 AM.
Reason: new information
No, I just wanted to know if my processor is capable of 64 bit.
1. Vista 32bit
2. Working GGGGREEAT!
3&4. Live cd's don't work, but I also tried installing kubuntu without booting livecd and it doesn't work
I always have *buntu on the side if anything happens, and I also have asus eee 701 so I use it on that one too. It's like an accessory for me.
I would suggest that you look at using a 'md5sum' or hash check for any of the downloads. This will insure that the image(s) are valid.
The 'md5sum' or 'hash' is very important to learn to use and too regularly get in the habit of utilizing it. You can get a sum checker for M$ if need be; 'md5sum.exe'. Download & excute this on the M$ install to verify any of the downloads you perform.
For GNU/Linux the 'man md5sum' will get you all the information to perform the check. You can get the 'man command' from the 'cli' at anytime.
If you downloaded the CD/DVD ISO then be sure to check the md5sum for the original ISO. From the cli on a GNU/Linux install;
~#cd /downloadisolocation #cdromiso.iso cdromiso.md5
~#md5sum -c cdromiso.md5 #substitute the correct name to check
This will check the download ISO with the known md5sum that you also get with the ISO. You should do the check for any download that you might perform, even a LiveCD. Plus burn the image. Sometimes you may need to lower the burn rate to get a valid burn.
These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Fedora 12- shows the menu i choose install and then lots of error messages mainly saying unable to boot kernel.
Kubuntu 9.10- shows the menu i choose boot live cd, shows the load icon and then it says something(i'll get back to you on that one)
i choose install- nothing on the screen for as long as you like, HDD&CD not reading
The images are good, I assure you. I am a linux newbie but not a PC newb too.
I just tried kubuntu 7.04 which worked for me before on previous computers. Shows the boot menu and I choose install (live cd mode), shows the load icon, then shows error
"kernel panic - not syncing"(there are other errors but I think they're all linked to this one)
As I said the images are good, out of 5 images at least one must be ok. Also note that this is the first time I tried installing linux on THIS computer.
Also, if it is of any value, after I restarted my computer the cd jammed for about one minute but it's just FYI.
I would like to try installing directly from the boot menu but I don't think it would do any good because I already tried that with kubuntu 9.10.
Also, kubuntu 7.04 is not a cd distribution but a dvd one. (32bit, also live cd)
My thoughts on this are (take it easy on me, I don't know linux much) that KDE isn't the problem here, and maybe bios update would be good.
Additional info on my comp- RAM=2x2GB DDRII. Motherboard DFI cm35-ec, also it turns out the processor is 64bit capable.
I read the wrong inscription, it turns out my motherboard isn't cm35-ec, it was the old motherboard I used, sorry. I'm still having problems finding out which one it is.
CD drive isn't defective, I use it a lot. (I installed windows few days ago)
I googled this "kernel panic" and they say BIOS update helped them. Could this work for me?
Presumably you identified your motherboard as a "FOXCONN 915M12-GV-6LS" after posting and then edited the post.
Unfortunately there are no FOXCONN motherboards listed on the LQ hardware compatibility list (HCL) for motherboards -- it's an unusual brand and there are few netsearch hits on it in conjunction with Linux. Here's the most promising (unfortunately without a final update from the OP) and here is a full list.
Updating the BIOS may help. There's no sure way to know without trying it, even for popular motherboards with plenty of Linux users sharing their experience and a manufacturer which posts details of bugs fixed in BIOS releases. With this board you'll just have to try. That's a good reason for choosing boards from popular manufacturers with mature support websites.
I really don't understand BIOS and motherboard very good.
Foxconn 915M12-GV-6LS is my current motherboard but I found out that 915GL7MH-S is another name for it(not 100% sure about it dough). Phoenix is my bios developer. And the only OS it supports is Vista and maybe windows 7.
What I need to do now is find out which BIOS I can use and then flash it.
Might you direct me to any forum or thread which could solve my problem?
Buying another MB is not an option for me since i'm stuck with this one for another few years.