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Old 06-12-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 10.4 iso freezes after initial screen


Compaq Laptop
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2 megs ram and 1.4gig clock
Downloades and burned umu 10.4 desktop i386
At boot it goes to a purple screen with Ubuntu and five dots changing from white to red.
After while it went to a blank screen and would not come out with ctrlA;tF1 or ctrl alt Backspace. had to power cycle to get out.

Had an old Ubuntu 6.10 ISO from a while back and it boots nicely.

Any thoughts on how to get the ubuntu 10.4 Demo up and running?
 
Old 06-12-2010, 06:55 PM   #2
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Does any other Live CD work on your machine?
Did you check the MD5/SHA/DES sum to see if it matched the original?
 
Old 06-12-2010, 09:22 PM   #3
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The old 6.10 iso works fine.
haven't chedked the check sum yet. Don't knwo how to do that, so will have to play with it

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Old 06-13-2010, 03:31 PM   #4
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Found that Ubuntu 10.4 Desktop i386 loads up and runs on the Dell 64 laptop which sort of says the Down load and burn functions were good.
Since the burn was done on the Dell, I downloaded another copy from the ubuntu site and burned it on the Compaq.
Same behavior. Runs and loads the Demo on the Dell and fails to run the demo on the Compaq.
On both machines, on boot from CD select Demo and gets a purple screen with a star. Then a blank screen and then another Purple screen with Ubuntu logo and five dots that change colors red to white and back again. Then a blank screen and then where the Dell starts up ubuntu, the Compaq just hangs at the blank screen and has to be powered down to get out of it C A F1 and C A Bacjspace do not work.
 
Old 06-13-2010, 05:07 PM   #5
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Compaq Laptop
Celeron Processor
2 megs ram and 1.4gig clock
Downloades and burned umu 10.4 desktop i386
At boot it goes to a purple screen with Ubuntu and five dots changing from white to red.
After while it went to a blank screen and would not come out with ctrlA;tF1 or ctrl alt Backspace. had to power cycle to get out.

Had an old Ubuntu 6.10 ISO from a while back and it boots nicely.

Any thoughts on how to get the ubuntu 10.4 Demo up and running?
2 MB of RAM... Ubuntu is like Windows. It just LOVES huge amounts of RAM.

Better run it with a Slackware 7 system in text mode.
 
Old 06-14-2010, 07:11 AM   #6
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2 MB of RAM... Ubuntu is like Windows. It just LOVES huge amounts of RAM.

Better run it with a Slackware 7 system in text mode.
Hmm Guess you could be right. Guess I should look around for a list of system repuirements for the Ubuntu Dexktop Demo. Thing is I also burned the Netbook iso and it exhibits the same behavior where it runs on the Dell as a Demo and fails in the same way on the Compaq.
Any thought on where to find the system Reqs for ubuntu 10.4?
 
Old 06-14-2010, 08:02 AM   #7
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Might be the video card on the Compaq. Have you tried using the nomodeset parameter on the kernel line when booting?
 
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Might be the video card on the Compaq. Have you tried using the nomodeset parameter on the kernel line when booting?
No I haven't. Do not know how to do that. I have the ISO CD inserted in the CDRW and I reboot the laptop and it goes through the process to failure. I don't know how to provide parameters in that process.

Can you help me?
 
Old 06-15-2010, 07:00 AM   #9
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You'll need to read the screen. When the menu screen comes up, highlight the entry Try Ubuntu without installing and hit the tab key to edit. There will be a line that starts with the word append; just append the word nomodeset to it and continue the boot process.

Worst case scenario: it doesn't work - no harm done.
 
Old 06-16-2010, 05:02 AM   #10
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No I haven't. Do not know how to do that. I have the ISO CD inserted in the CDRW and I reboot the laptop and it goes through the process to failure. I don't know how to provide parameters in that process.

Can you help me?
I can only speak for Slackware installs... It starts up in text mode installer with a 'boot : ' prompt. In a 2 meg RAM case you would enter a 'lowram' option.

But afaik, even Slackware would not start with just 2 megabytes of RAM. Sure it's not 2 GB? Even a lowly 386 already had a minimum of 4 MB. Early Linuxes required 4 MB as a bare minimum. Modern ones, like this one, require at least 64 MB.
 
Old 06-16-2010, 07:58 AM   #11
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I can only speak for Slackware installs... It starts up in text mode installer with a 'boot : ' prompt. In a 2 meg RAM case you would enter a 'lowram' option.

But afaik, even Slackware would not start with just 2 megabytes of RAM. Sure it's not 2 GB? Even a lowly 386 already had a minimum of 4 MB. Early Linuxes required 4 MB as a bare minimum. Modern ones, like this one, require at least 64 MB.
Yes of course, Gigabytes. Sorry about that.
Still boots up to point of failure with no ability to add/change Boot parameters.
So unable to use "nomodeset" parameter.

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Old 06-17-2010, 05:48 AM   #12
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Yes of course, Gigabytes. Sorry about that.
Still boots up to point of failure with no ability to add/change Boot parameters.
So unable to use "nomodeset" parameter.
Do yourself (and us) a favor and get a Live CD from www.slax.org and run that.

Slax is a good indicator. If slax runs, you know things can be done on your laptop.

For Linux, 2 GB is infinity.
 
Old 06-17-2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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Do yourself (and us) a favor and get a Live CD from www.slax.org and run that.

Slax is a good indicator. If slax runs, you know things can be done on your laptop.

For Linux, 2 GB is infinity.
Sort of a non issue now, I rolled back to ubuntu 9.10 and the Demo runs great. Its usable for my purposes. We will see what Ubu 10.10 comes up with.
Thanks for the response and thought.
 
  


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