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Old 01-04-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
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Ubuntu Installation Hangup


Hi -
I recently inherited a decommissioned PC from work and thought I'd give this Linux thing a try -- I've heard a lot of great things about it! Anyway, I downloaded the Ubuntu ISO onto a CD and it boots the thing up OK to the opening screen, but when I select the Install option, it sits for a looooong time and then goes to a black screen with the message:
hda: timeout waiting for DMA
The very old Windows screen comes up if I don't boot from the CD, so I think it's OK, but I'm not such a techie (yet, anyway) that I can do a lot of serious troubleshooting. If anyone can help me out here...?
 
Old 01-04-2007, 03:20 PM   #2
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you might have a bad CD drive, or IDE bus.
 
Old 01-04-2007, 03:27 PM   #3
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I saw something on Google that made me think of the CD drive so I took one that I know is good from another machine -- still not working right
What can make an IDE bus go bad? I know this thing worked when I took it...
 
Old 01-04-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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Hey,

Sometimes things just go bad. Shit happens, I like to say. I had a friend that had BOTH of his IDE controllers go bad. Within two days of each other, too. Talk about bad luck. Your best bet is to try another CD. If that doesn't work, you'll need to purchase a new motherboard. If you're not comfortable with doing that, consult a local PC repair guy, or go to your local computer store. They'll be more than happy to help you out.

Regards,

Brandon

edit: To answer your question... ESD (electrostatic discharge) can mess up your controller, age and regular wear and tear can deteriote it to a non-working state.

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Old 01-04-2007, 10:32 PM   #5
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As it turns out, something did happen with the hardware: it was RAM that had gone bad, though, not anything else. After much Googling for documentation about this specific PC and using that to dig into the boot sequence, I narrowed it down to a memory error. Fortunately, only about a third of the total RAM had to be pulled, so I was still able to carry on and install it. Thanks for the tip, guys! It definitely pointed me in the right direction
 
  


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