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Old 11-24-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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ubuntu install problem

Sorry for bringing this here, but I figured I would ask here as well (I already posted on the ubuntu forums.)

i have tried both 8.10 and 8.04 and they have the same problem. When the orange loading bar starts to fill it freezes at around 80%. A few times it will make it past that and get to a black screen with a text prompt in the top left corner that sits blinking.

General specs are 2gb ram, amd 3400, geforce 7950, 32 bit...

i had suse working on it for a little but wanted to try ubuntu. Currently XP is on it running fine.

also...if i install ubuntu, can i switch it to kde after the install if i find that i dont like gnome?

Any suggestions? and sorry if this is a double post.

Are there any distros close to ubuntu, or should i run with suse? The distro quiz said either ubuntu or suse, but i figred I would ask here too
Old 11-24-2008, 11:24 AM   #2
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try logging to see whats going down

sudo vim /etc/default/bootlogd
# Run bootlogd at startup ?
and change to enabled=yes

so atleast you know why its freezing

Old 11-24-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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Where do i put in that command? the boot options under f6?
Old 11-24-2008, 12:07 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by ryansheakennedy View Post
Any suggestions? and sorry if this is a double post.
Hopefully you can hit escape during boot and get the boot menu. Then select the first entry using the up and down keys. Press 'e' to edit it. Then select the "kernel" line and press 'e' to edit it. Remove the "quiet" and "splash" at the end, and press 'b' to boot. Those changes should cause all the boot messages to display on the console. Then you will see what is causing it to hang.
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After it ran through all the text it went black. The last line was not on long enough for me to catch it. This time though i noticed the CD Drive stops responding entirely after the screen goes black. The disc stops spinning and the eject button does not work. Im not sure if that helps or not...
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May be this is too silly but see that u are not connected to any network while installing ubuntu.
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well i used noapic and noalpic and it ra. Its up and running now. While installing it had a few weird problems:

buffering SR0 I/O Error
black screen white text save one letter that was pink.
error informing kernel of disc size change. Device or resource busy

Any ideas about these? Please tell me it doesn't mean my hardware is failing

Old 11-27-2008, 07:57 PM   #8
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sr0 would be your dvd drive. It may have poor support at this time (or more likely, the motherboard controller that handles the dvd drive). If you can determine the type of motherboard, check google to see whether other people are reporting similar problems.


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