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I installed Kubuntu 8.1 via cds burned from downloads both from an australian mirror and also from canonical and had the same problem !!! When booting the program stalled when it got to the kde screen.My comp is an acer veriton 5500 on wnich I have W2k and was previously experimenting more or less successfully with 8.04. WHY? I have reloaded 8.04 which is working;
however after loading 298 files via update manager I now have 2 kernels 22 and 16.My son tells me not to worry just make sure I always boot the same version which he amended for me.Since posting this I updated successfully to 8.1 via updater but after one or two successful sessions the system hangs on boot at the kde screen
I see a lot of people have looked and no one replied, so I am guessing that your problem may be unique. I am not (yet) familiar with Kubuntu 8.10, but as a general rule, things get broken when you update from one version to another instead of reinstalling. The safer, but more troublesome, method is to do a fresh install when moving from one version to another. If no one else comes up with a better idea (and I hope someone does), you can try that. Incidentally, if you do not have /home on a separate partition, consider reading up on how that is done and use it during your next install. That will allow you to leave all your personal files and settings in the /home directory (partition) and only reinstall the OS on /. I hope that makes sense. Good luck in any case.
Just for info: I am busy for the past say 16hours with the network-based upgrade of Kubuntu 8.04 to 8.10. I have my data (more like /home) directory on a separate partition --- so I am taking some chance proudly. I actually want the KDE4 that comes with Kubuntu 8.10.
BTW: The original version 8.04 I have is not plain Kubuntu, but a Ubuntu with a kde-desktop installed. This makes me think that anything wrong can happen to the system.
Once my update is complete I will come back and share my experience.
I burned yet another cd via download from another australian mirror.As far as I can tell the cd is good but as before booting still hangs albeit a bit further into the process. It got as far as the first notes of the alert for boot completed and showed
2 icons down where the system tray normally lives,one says session type the other menu. clicking on the icons produces dialogues but no further response .
Sorry !! I should have said I used Windows for the download and to burn the cd. Although I do have 8.04 loaded and working I have lost my web connection and have still to prevail upon my son to reconnect me.
It is hard to say what is going on. Although you may have done it, you did not mention whether you have run md5sum on your download to confirm that it is error free. If you have not, please do so to check. (I cannot recall, but maybe there is a media check on the installation disk. This can also be used.)
You mentioned download, so if your downloads have errors (by checking per the previous paragraph) you might consider using a torrent to get large files such as the CD and DVD-sized Linux distributions, since the error checking they have on the little pieces while the torrent is running seems to work well.
Finally, this may be very "old school," but in years gone by the "alternate install" CDs were less troublesome than the Live CDs. You might also consider trying an alternate install version. Such disks have a Debian-style installer.
Dear Cogar, thanks for your interest and help.I do not know what I am doing wrong. I have gone back to 8.04 reinstalled several times with varying results. First I lost my web connection. on reinstalling I got it back and loaded seamonkey which worked but when I logged on today my connection was gone.I reinstalled 8.04 got back on line with konqueror which I find clumsy , I dont understand why I should lose and get back my web connection randomly as it seems, particularly as it happened between log off and log on while my computer was off
Are you just having problems connecting with that one application, or do you lose connectivity altogether? I personally deal with a "cranky" DSL Modem/Wireless Gateway (Actiontec GT701-WG) that likes to overwrite my first DNS address with the gateway address, causing slow or non-functioning connections. For example, the eth0 connection can work fine when I configure the settings, but are messed up during subsequent reboots. If that is similar to your problem, it may be a configuration issue, not a problem with the particular distribution version. If it is not the same, a more specific description of the problems you are having and even the hardware involved is needed for clues.
Thans again for your interest and time. Iam sticking with 8.04 for a while . With all my installing and uninstalling I lost my network settings . My son has reset things and all seems well for the present. Iam using seamonkey 1.1.12 becaus I find konqueror and firefox fiddly ; I do want to go to seamonkey 1.1.14 but dont want to fiddle for a while . thanks again