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Old 04-21-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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unable to install ubuntu or any linux?


I had ubuntu 10.04 on my mother's gateway computer. It's the same one I was having trouble with the video I posted in here just a few days ago. I got a video card on the way. Anyway, here is what happened to it. The display on ubuntu netbook kept flashing on everything that opened. Like a key was stuck or something (unplugged keyboard, same thing) So I decided to try a video card I had from an older computer.
It didn't work, it was worst then the one in it. So I took it out and rebooted it back with the normal setup. This time, it won't boot. Says "mounting /dev or /root/dev failed: No such file or directory"
So I need to reinstall it. I tried ubuntu 10.04 lts but it got stuck at the time zone when I click next. So I tried another distro and the same thing happened. So I need help please.

How do I get this working again? My mom needs it.
 
Old 04-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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Does it boot with the Live mode? Have you tried the alternate install disk? Also do a memory test. It is good thing to have in hand other live cds from other distros, try out as well Slitaz and Archbang and yet take a look at Tinycore.

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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ok, I'm going to try the alternate download.

Yes it will boot to the live cd and work fine. Just when I click install it hangs on the time zone everytime with every distro I have tried.

I did a memory test all night and it passed. So I don't know what the deal is. It just may be that video port going out which will be fixed soon with another video card.

thank you for the reply and I'll keep you posted if the alternate installation works or not.
 
Old 04-21-2012, 08:23 AM   #4
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What are the specs on the machine? I read in your post something about a graphics card being ordered and it makes me think you are using on board integrated graphics in the meantime. Could you outline the specs of the macine? That would help troubleshoot.
 
Old 04-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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I might have found the problem. I booted to a live cd from another distro called Vector Linux. It says that the hard drive has a lot of bad sectors in it. I guess computers are like old cars, get a lot of miles on them, everything seems to go out. Anybody got a cheap SATA hdd you want to sell or give away?
 
Old 04-21-2012, 08:52 AM   #6
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I might have found the problem. I booted to a live cd from another distro called Vector Linux. It says that the hard drive has a lot of bad sectors in it. I guess computers are like old cars, get a lot of miles on them, everything seems to go out. Anybody got a cheap SATA hdd you want to sell or give away?
Drives are not so expensive these days, so shop around

Yes, they do age like cars and crash too
 
Old 04-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #7
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Hey I got xubuntu installed and it's working fine! Hopefully I won't have any other issues. Thank you so much. The next time I have issues, I'll outline the specs. So I'll go ahead and call this thrend resolved, even though I resolved it myself. lol hey I'm learning and am very open to advise.
 
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:44 AM   #8
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Way to go !! I'm glad you got it !!

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