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Old 01-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy Why can't I install ubuntu on my computer?


I have a Dell Dimension 4600, its about five years old, and every time I go into the boot menu and try to boot off of my ubuntu live disk an annoying message comes up and says, "Failed, please strike any key to try again." Do I need to replace parts inside my computer? Is my computer completely useless? HELP!
 
Old 01-19-2011, 08:25 AM   #2
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I don't think that a five years old computer is useless. Your error message let me think that the CD isn't recognized as bootable. How did you burn it, as image or as data disc?
 
Old 01-19-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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Try using the CD on a different computer and see if it works.
That might help narrow down the issues.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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I have a Dell Dimension 4600, its about five years old, and every time I go into the boot menu...
This implies you've already got an operating system on the computer???
Probably Windows??? If you can boot into Windows then the computer should be OK.
As per the previous posts, Prove the CD on a different system as it's the most likely thing to be faulty
If you've no operating system at all you could download and burn a different Linux version to check it out; Mint, Puppy, etc.

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I don't think that a five years old computer is useless. Your error message let me think that the CD isn't recognized as bootable. How did you burn it, as image or as data disc?
I burned as a live image, I installed ubuntu on another computer with the same disk.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 04:00 PM   #6
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Have you tried to boot a different CD with your computer? Maybe the drive is damaged? With boot menu, do you mean the menu from your BIOS?
 
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If you have an external USB CD/DVD drive, you could try that.

Since it's a Dell, I'm guessing that the "boot menu" you refer to is the one that you can select by hitting a function key during the memory check (my Dells say something like "press F2 for setup and F12 for boot menu").

An external drive should show in that menu if it's connected and powered up during boot. That could help see if the problem might be the internal drive.

Also, it's a long shot, but if you've got one handy, it might be worth running a drive cleaning disc through the drive. I've never put much stock in those things, but once in a while they seem to help.
 
Old 01-20-2011, 03:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for trying to help everybody, but I've found the problem. Whatever the BIOS works through, I think it's the motherboard, would have needed to be replaced. There is no problem with the CD, or my process of downloading and burning the .iso, the problem is that the BIOS is not working properly.
 
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You could try flashing the BIOS if it's a software rather than hardware problem.

The Dell website should have the file. Have your service tag number (sticker on back of machine) handy when you go there and the website should take you right to the correct place.
 
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Before replacing the mainboard, I would try to first reset the BIOS (use the jumper on the mainboard or take the battery out for an hour), and if that doesn't help, I would also try to flash it with the newest version.

Did you test it with a different CD-drive? Wouldn't be funny to replace the motherboard and then recognize that the drive is faulty.
 
Old 01-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #11
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You could try flashing the BIOS if it's a software rather than hardware problem.

The Dell website should have the file. Have your service tag number (sticker on back of machine) handy when you go there and the website should take you right to the correct place.
Thanks, this solved the problem.
 
  


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