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Old 01-16-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
mathblaster1
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unetbootin just gives me a black screen on boot


I have an Acer Aspire 5102 WLMi laptop, that I purchased 5 years ago. It has the following:

AMD Turion 64x2 Mobile Technology TL50 (1.6GHz, 512 KB L2 cache)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
120GB PATA HDD hard drive (60 gigs for the C: drive FAT32, 60 for the D: drive, NTFS)

I have Windows XP Media Center edition installed on my pc, and I want to install linux. This is my first time installing linux on anything. My laptop's cd drive doesn't work, so I wanted to boot from a USB or from hard disk. I googled around and found unetbootin, which I ran. When I ask it to use the hard disk, I select Debian stable and the one where it loads everything up beforehand, not the netboot. This is because the netboot option wasn't working - it gave me a similar problem. Anyways, I boot up, and I have a choice between unetbootin and windows xp. When I choose unetbootin, it says:

Booting 'Unetbootin'

(hd0,1)
Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
kernel /unetbtin/ubnkern

Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format

Press any key to continue ...


When I press a key, it goes to a screen that says:

GRUB4DOS 0.4.3 2007-12-25, Memory: 631K / 893M, CodeEnd: 0x40D50

Unetbootin


When I select Unetbootin, it goes back to the previous screen, and I get stuck in this cycle.



When I configured unetbootin to do the netboot option, after I select Unetbootin it goes to a completely blank, black screen and stays there, not booting. I tried it using a USB to boot, and it gave the same errors.

Any ideas on what's going on, or some tips on how to install linux on my laptop given that I can't use cd's and I don't have access to another linux machine? Thank you for any help.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Research threads that install from hdd, I've seen them but haven't tried.
http://www.instantfundas.com/2007/08...ctly-from.html

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Old 01-17-2011, 12:33 AM   #3
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Acers have networkboot
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...-a-259464.html
 
  


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