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Old 11-10-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
runningclam
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Unable to load Ubuntu on an HP w/a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4.


I have tried booting from USB drive, CD/ROM and a 2GB memory stick to no avail. I've changed the boot record for each device respectively. Neither 10.10, 10.04 or 9.04 will load. There is also no joy with the 32 or 64 bit versions of 10.10. I'd prefer to have a dual-boot system, but at this point I wouldn't mind ditching Windows altogether.
 
Old 11-10-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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What, precisely, does "Unable to load" mean?
 
Old 11-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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System will not recognize any boot information on either disc or stick. It will access them in turn, but will boot windows from the hard disk which is 3rd in the current boot order. It will, however, boot windows form the CD/ROM.

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Old 11-10-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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So you mean "can't boot the Ubuntu media."

So, troubleshoot.

I assume you have set your BIOS to boot from CDROM first.

If you burnt a DVD, does the system have a DVD drive?

Does the CD work in other machines (reading or booting)?

Does burning a new CD work?

Did you download the right ISO image for your machine? Does the md5sum match the published value?
 
Old 11-11-2010, 12:17 PM   #5
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OK,BIOs is currently set to boot from USB to CD/ROM to hard drive, but no matter what order I use, it will sequence through to each device and boot from the HD.

The CD does not work on another machine. I can access the files with Explorer, but the best I can do is launch WUBI. I gives me a window that asks me to reboot. I do that and the machine boots back to windows.

Burning a new CD hasn't worked.

As far as the ISO image and md5sum I didn't even know what they were until you mentioned them. I downloaded a program to check the md5, but this will take a while. (It's something of a challenge when you need to wiki a translation every few words or so. I am not familiar with most of the references.)

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Old 11-11-2010, 04:52 PM   #6
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Might be a whole lot easier if you install VMplayer. You won't have to burn cd's.
 
  


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