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Old 08-28-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
nOmArch
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Question Ubuntu Install hangs after GUI loads


dunno if anyone can help me out here, but i got an old pc from work (athlon 1.2ghz, 128mb ram, cdrom, 20Gb HDD) and ive tried installing ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 and 8.04 to no avail.

i put the disc in (in this case 8.04) and the usual screen pops up asking if i want to try ubuntu or install it.

i choose install and everything seems to happen as normal, the orange progress bar etc. etc. until it gets into the GUi (abstract pic of a heron) and then it doesnt do anything at all, the cdrom and hdd carry on flashing and whirring like they're transferring data and then after about 10 - 15 minutes they both just stop dead and nothing happen.

i've swapped out the ram (which was fine) the hdd (which was also fine) and the cdrom (again no problems there) and its still doing the same damn thing. i know the discs are good as i have used all three of them to install and upgrade ubuntu on a couple of pc's.

anyone got any ideas or is there a way i can force a diagnostic install (if suh a thing exists) or at least some sort of command line so i can see where and what the problem actually is.

funny thing, i tried installing xp on it just to see what would happen and it worked perfectly up until it worked out how much ram it had and promptly told me xp wont run on 128mb (which i already know) and i dont want to run windows on it anyway.



thanks

nOmArch

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Old 08-28-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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well, on this era, 128 megs are not enough to play with the lastest release.
I 've an old laptop with only 256 megs, the only way I found to install my favorite distro, is through an ssh connection.
So, you can try to do the same, if available. What I'm not sure with Ubuntu.

So sorry, but I don't have a good opinion with ubuntu
 
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Try Xubuntu - uses XFCE, a lighter DM; 128 Meg is a bit small for a standard Ubuntu these days. Might also be an issue with the video card - old Dells for example used a fiddle with the video memory. I got Hardy going on one, but was a hack - got it up in 800x600 (I think) then updated for the i810 driver, and it works.
Sorta.
 
Old 08-28-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by nOmArch View Post
dunno if anyone can help me out here, but i got an old pc from work (athlon 1.2ghz, 128mb ram, cdrom, 20Gb HDD) and ive tried installing ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 and 8.04 to no avail.

i put the disc in (in this case 8.04) and the usual screen pops up asking if i want to try ubuntu or install it.

i choose install and everything seems to happen as normal, the orange progress bar etc. etc. until it gets into the GUi (abstract pic of a heron) and then it doesnt do anything at all, the cdrom and hdd carry on flashing and whirring like they're transferring data and then after about 10 - 15 minutes they both just stop dead and nothing happen.

i've swapped out the ram (which was fine) the hdd (which was also fine) and the cdrom (again no problems there) and its still doing the same damn thing. i know the discs are good as i have used all three of them to install and upgrade ubuntu on a couple of pc's.

anyone got any ideas or is there a way i can force a diagnostic install (if suh a thing exists) or at least some sort of command line so i can see where and what the problem actually is.

funny thing, i tried installing xp on it just to see what would happen and it worked perfectly up until it worked out how much ram it had and promptly told me xp wont run on 128mb (which i already know) and i dont want to run windows on it anyway.



thanks

nOmArch
Just curious, when you were downloading those ISO images.. did you see this message....

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Desktop CD

The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of CD is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MB of RAM to install from this CD...
Do I need to point out the obvious?

If you'd have *really* looked hard, you might have saw this gem...

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The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

    * creating pre-configured OEM systems;
    * setting up automated deployments;
    * upgrading from older installations without network access;
    * LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
    * installs on systems with less than about 384MB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably). 

In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package.
Conclusion.. Use the alternate install CD, to get a system installed, once installed, Install the Fluxbox GUI.. which will run far better on that little RAM.

http://ftp-mirror.internap.com/pub/u...releases/8.04/

IGF
 
Old 08-28-2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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Try Xubuntu - uses XFCE, a lighter DM; 128 Meg is a bit small for a standard Ubuntu these days. Might also be an issue with the video card - old Dells for example used a fiddle with the video memory. I got Hardy going on one, but was a hack - got it up in 800x600 (I think) then updated for the i810 driver, and it works.
Sorta.
Xfce is a good suggestion, but I've found Xubuntu.. especially the last couple releases... to be almost completely equal to Gnome. If you really want *light*.. you're gonna have to look at Flux, ice, enlightenment, etc.
 
Old 08-29-2008, 08:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys!

looks like i need to find some more ram.

btw i did look at a requirements page for ubuntu and it said 128 was fine, ahh well, at least pc133 ram should be cheap as chips
 
  


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