Originally Posted by starchaser_66
Have inserted an older distro of Ubuntu 9.10 and have received a [ 504.174099 ] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
If you are using an older computer, I would recommend Lubuntu since it is the lightest and fastest member of the Ubuntu family.
said, 9.10 is no longer supported, so do not use that.
What ever Linux distro you use, be sure to burn the CD (or DVD) at the slowest possible speed to avoid errors.
Also, be sure to check the md5sum of the iso image you downloaded to be sure it is not corrupted. See this:
And to check md5sum on Windows:
Then after you burn the disc at the slowest possible speed, be sure to verify the integrity of the disc you have burned:
This will take a minute or two to run. If the integrity check passes with no errors then the disc is valid.
The md5sums and the disc integrity are the first things you should verify when you get install failures like this.