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Installing to a Compaq Armada M300

Posted 09-07-2009 at 06:38 AM by trevorparsons

I'm installing Ubuntu on a Compaq Armada M300 laptop acquired as a cast-off from a client.

I tried the regular Jaunty 9.04 install disk, which failed while trying to boot into the live system, and also during the boot of the direct installer.

I then tried the alternate install disk. This failed while trying to enable the framebuffer. The screen slowly faded to white and back down to black, and stuck there.

For further amusement, I tried the netboot install. This also stopped with the same framebuffer problem.

The solution is, when the disk boots and comes up with the "Boot:" prompt, type
install fb=false
and enter. This will start the ncurses installer without trying to load the framebuffer.

As a side-note, when I was typing the above I found that I the embedded numberpad characters instead of letters. Holding down the function key while typing cured this.
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