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Old 08-22-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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What am I doing wrong? Freezing during installation


Hello, I am very new to Linux and would like help. On my new laptop I decided to change Linux versions I have all the newest versions of Ubuntu, Mint and also have Ubuntu version 10.4 and Ubuntu version 9. Although, all the versions apart from Ubuntu version 9 freeze during the install screen or shortly after. An example, in Ubuntu 10 it will ask me what language I wish to use for the install and then it will go to the screen with the options to "Install Ubuntu", etc. As soon as I click the install button the laptop freezes. I waited about half an hour and the screen was just frozen at the install screen, and it always does this.
With Ubuntu 11 it will let me click install and it will show the 4 orange dot loading screen however about 2-3 minutes after this the orange dots freeze and just like the previous it doesn't move and does this every time. I tried installing linux mint 11 and again, it freezes shortly after pressing the install button. I get a black screen. I've tried everything and have tested my RAM and hardrive and there is nothing bad to report.
I removed the splash screen code in the options so I could see exactly whats going on and it shows a lot of errors.
I am very new to Linux, I downloaded all the linux versions I mentioned from the official websites. and burned the .iso files to seperate DVD-R disks using either Free easy burner or IMGBurn
if that somehow makes a difference. Ubuntu 9 is the only version that works but my laptop is pretty new and can't deal with my hardware for a lot of things and I do not have a connection on my new laptop which i want to use for Linux versions so I can't update anything. I hope I have made enough sense.

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:33 AM   #2
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...I removed the splash screen code in the options so I could see exactly whats going on and it shows a lot of errors.
We need to know what these are - even if you have to write them down - guess if you have to (numbers).
If the screen stops with errors on screen, take a photo and upload it somewhere for us.
 
Old 08-22-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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It would also help if we can have more info about that laptop (model and maker, maybe amount of RAM, which graphics card(s)).
 
Old 08-22-2011, 09:47 AM   #4
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During installation of RHEL6, Centos, etc... when you are installing you can get to more information about what is going on by using CTRL-ALT-F1, F2, F3, F4, which will give you syslog information, backend installation things, etc...

Perhaps this technique will give you some indication where the installation is freezing. (Out of the sky, I am going to take Video Card for 100$)
 
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it is a HP laptop and it has 6 gigs of RAM, AMD64. I hope I can get some help, the only thing I can think of is it has something to do with writing the .iso to DVD-R or something I'm not very technical but I've done everything I have read to do in order to make a linux disk.
 
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it is a HP laptop and it has 6 gigs of RAM, AMD64. I hope I can get some help, the only thing I can think of is it has something to do with writing the .iso to DVD-R or something I'm not very technical but I've done everything I have read to do in order to make a linux disk.
Um,.. do any of these OS installs have a "Verify Media" option at the beginning? That would prove that either you have a good disk or a bad disk at least.
 
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"verify media"

It gives me the option to check the integrity on all the Linux versions, but most of them freeze whilst presses the check the integrity button. The only ones that checks everything and lets me install usually is Ubuntu 9, Mint checks everything and says no errors found, but always freezes and gives me a black screen. most of the errors run down so fast I can't read of them sorry,
 
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It would also help if we can have more info about that laptop (model and maker, maybe amount of RAM, which graphics card(s)).
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(Out of the sky, I am going to take Video Card for 100$)
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