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I keep having trouble with Ubuntu's installer. this spans many versions. it won't go beyond the splash screen. it acts like a defective cd but the cd verifies correctly. i'm about to try again with 12.10 desktop. my pc is a stock HP Pentium 4 and it runs Vector fine, but a lot of apps and hardware i want works better on Ubuntu. how do i get a dump of what it's trying so i can diagnose the problem?
I would do so if i could get it to install. tried xUbuntu, Kubuntu (used to love this one), and a couple others. i can add and pull as needed once i can get it to the point of laying out and formatting my disk. After the initial boot splash, it just sits there and does nothing... As if the kernel is defective.
Did you search for your hardware on ubuntuforums.org to see if this is a known issue? (maybe with known solution?)
Ubuntu has kind of a bad reputation for regressions in hardware support; did you try some other distros? Try: Debian, Slackware, CentOS, and other very stable distros with excellent support for older hardware like yours.