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Old 02-09-2009, 02:13 AM   #1
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Ubuntu-804 in Dell Dimension.. troiubles installing...


I tried formating the hd, and tried installing the Ubuntu-804 image Cd.. nothing happens?

I reinstalled W2000, and installed Ubuntu-804 "in windows", but I can't get it to load?

I want to dump W2000, and run only Ubuntu-804... I'm reading that a lot of folks are having a difficult time trying to get Dells to take Ubuntu...
Does anyone know what the problem with Dell toward Ubuntu is?

Has anyone installed Ubuntu into a Dell Dimension successfully?
How did you do it?
 
Old 02-09-2009, 03:03 AM   #2
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Do not know what Dimension exactly is but I use Hardy on Optiplex and it installed without problems so I guess you provide more info on your problems.
 
Old 02-09-2009, 04:19 AM   #3
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"Dell Dimension" is the model of this Dell tower...
It's got an 18-gig hd, and 300 megs of ram...
It's a bugger trying to get Ubuntu to install in it...
 
Old 02-09-2009, 04:54 AM   #4
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If you could tell what problems you have or what errors you get?
Your system seems to be less on resources. So why not try a distro that is bit lighter than Ubuntu. It will have Gnome. If you need Ubuntu and you can try out Xubuntu which is Ubuntu with Xfce.
 
Old 03-03-2009, 08:40 PM   #5
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If you could tell what problems you have or what errors you get?
Your system seems to be less on resources. So why not try a distro that is bit lighter than Ubuntu. It will have Gnome. If you need Ubuntu and you can try out Xubuntu which is Ubuntu with Xfce.

I do the install of Ubuntu-810, but when it's time to reboot, all I get is loading script, stopping at command prompt... I've tried all the suggested codes to get it to boot into an Ubuntu desktop... None ever work...

Dell Dimension 4100
BIOS A06
Pentium 3
933 Mghtz
512 RAM (PC 133)
19-gig hd...

I formatted it, and reinstalled Windows 2000.. then installed Ubuntu without making changes to the Windows OS...
At boot I have the option of Windows or Ubuntu...
Seems windows is working faster with Ubuntu also on the drive...

I did try Xubuntu on it, but I found Xubuntu a little too basic/featureless OS.. then came time to go for its updates, and the same thing happened when it came time for its reboot.. it stops at command prompt...
 
Old 03-03-2009, 10:55 PM   #6
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Ubuntu does have problems with reboot at least on dell. I too face problems when it comes to reboot. When I do need to reboot I prefer to shutdown and then start it again. Xubuntu is good for your resources but with 512 megs of ram Gnome should work but will lack speed.
 
Old 03-04-2009, 01:06 AM   #7
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I installed Ubuntu in the Dell with W2000, but I can't get Ubuntu to boot up.. It stops at the command... How did you get yours to show an Ubuntu desktop?..

As far as "speed".. both the Dell and the Compaq are running 500 megs of RAM.. and I just ran through a bout of trying to get the Compaq to mount floppies, and I accidentally set a suggested Sudo code, but had failed to notice that the S in sudo wasn't highlighted when I copied and pasted it into terminal.. I hit enter, and terminal asked if I wanted to install "udo".. and now it seems to have sped-up Ubuntu just a little, and the floppy is working too.. and I now have a floppy icon in the side panel...I didn't know there is an "udo", till I had this little accident... Now I'm wondering if there's a "do"..? I should try to install "do"..(lol)...
 
Old 03-04-2009, 01:17 AM   #8
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What do you mean that it stops at command? You say that you get a terminal rather than the graphical interface? If that is the case then login using your user name and password and type

startx
 
Old 03-04-2009, 11:43 PM   #9
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It didnt ask for name and password, and it rejected that, but running "startx" brought up a bit of useful info, that I hadn't seen before:


"framebuffer Bpp 32 not supported for this chipset"

"Screens found but none have a usable configuration"


Obviously the problems why I can't get an Ubuntu Screen on this Dell, and probably why so many are having the same troubles with Dells, and with G3-iMacs...

I'm supposing I need to download a whole different Ubuntu Image CD..?
I doubt that just a couple terminal codes could fix this mess...
 
Old 03-05-2009, 12:37 AM   #10
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This could be something related to the xorg.conf in /etc/X11. Look into it. It is supposedly not configured correctly. try to reconfigure your video.
 
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Do you happen to know how to configure the video when you can't get into Ubuntu, except for command prompt, with W2000 is still active in this hd..?

Maybe the problem so many are having is just this particular model cheapy flat screen we've purchased at wallmart..?

I'm almost at the point, if I lost it, I would load the 9mm with hollow points, and shoot the computer.. Like I saw several years ago, a bullet hole in the middle of the screen of a brand new hitachi television, set at the curb in the city's spring cleanup, in front of a cop's house, like elvis pretzel-head did to his TV's..
 
Old 03-05-2009, 11:02 PM   #12
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Code:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
This should get you going. This will reconfigure your x and create a new xorg.conf.
 
Old 03-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #13
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It didn't work... I tried three times...
It ends up at command prompt after keyboard...
 
Old 03-07-2009, 09:16 AM   #14
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It didn't work... It hangs at third keyboard settings, then jumps back to command... Reboot does nothing different...

I suppose this specific Bios isn't supported by Ubuntu...

How do you change an old Dell's Bios..? It probably ain't worth the effort...
I'll get me a bunch more towers at garage sales, in a month or two, and toss the dell into the pile of dell skeletons in the scrap-metal pile... But I tried... This Dell makes a good Windows PC, but it obviously ends there... The Windows attacks seem to have stopped since I switched to Ubuntu..? I suppose the corporations have finally realized that they can't RV rob my data on the PC worn as a skin-graft... I bet they $drool when they $thinks on $it...

What it mean in Ubuntu, "Bios not supported"..? besides Bios not supported...
 
  


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