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Old 02-05-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Question Cannot install linux


Hey,

Lately I've managed to put together an old PC that I want to use as a linux server. It's not state of the art and it's quite old.

The thing is that when I try to install Ubuntu 7.10 I only get a black screen after the liveCD boot menu. When I try to install Ubuntu 6.06 it gives me I/O error. When I try to install Linux Mint on it, I get the same I/O error (Mint is based on Ubuntu as far as I know).

I've tried with different RAM DIMMS ( but all of them are quite old and could be faulty), I've tried with another CD/DVD ROM, but nothing.

On the other hand winXP installed just fine...

I know I'd be better off with a new machine, but still, what could it be ?
 
Old 02-05-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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It's probably kernel related. Try another distro and see if the problem disappears. Ubuntu is probably not the best choice for a server anyway. Take a look at mandriva or one of the RHEL clones like centos. They are more geared toward server use. Slackware is also very good for servers but not really aimed at inexperienced linux users.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 08:18 AM   #3
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I also had an issue booting the liveCD on an older machine and I had to choose the failsafe graphics boot (not sure if that is the correct wording for the option). I think it is a kernel/module issue with the video driver. Try that out. Also like kilgoretrout said its probably better using another distro for a server.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 09:05 AM   #4
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Hi,

Hardware specifications?

Legacy hardware can be a problem with new distributions. Broken BIOS can be problem with booting a install cd. If your hardware is older then you might want/need to roll back to earlier versions of a distribution.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 09:31 AM   #5
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If your problem persists with various Ubuntu-related distros, try something else. I agree with the RedHat (Fedora) suggestion, but I would suggest Slackware:

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Originally Posted by kilgoretrout View Post
Slackware is also very good for servers but not really aimed at inexperienced linux users.
Just for the OP's sake, I must disagree. Slackware provides a breadth of applications and makes it easy to get a server up and running, for whatever purpose you need (server, desktop, etc). The best thing that Slackware has that I did not find with other distros is a good handbook aimed at beginners: there's the Slackbook and SlackBasics, both of which I recommend. I found the Ubuntu installation process to be useless to me when I was a beginner (I had no idea what was going on with the machine, it was all clouded behind shadowy earth-toned windows).

Also, if you have any Unix experience, you're likely to find Slackware very familiar: I was surprised to find out I already knew a lot of the stuff in the above-mentioned books from my old Unix days.

Are you set on using Linux? You might consider FreeBSD as well.

Almost all distros (and LQ) offer hardware compatibility lists that you can check before installing.

Joel
 
Old 02-06-2008, 02:00 AM   #6
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I have Ubuntu and centOS installed on different systems and (without praising myself) I think that I can complete a distro installation. And I know Ubuntu is probably not the best choice as a server ( I had ubuntu server installed for quite a while ).

I've also tried the "Safe graphic install" but it's the same.

I guess it's either the RAM or some other thing I didn't thought about.

Thanks anyway
 
Old 02-06-2008, 12:02 PM   #7
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If you think it's your ram, run memtest on it for several hours. IIRC, the sidux livecd has a boot option to run memtest. You can check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic utilities; all the majors now have bootable iso versions on their websites.

However, I still think it may very well be as issue with the ubuntu kernel, particularly how it handles your ide controller. You may want to try searching the ubuntu forums for compatibility issues with your motherboard/chipset. The fact that winxp installs and functions indicates this is probably not a hardware problem in the sense of faulty ram or bad hard drive. If other linux distros install OK, then it is clearly an ubuntu issue. There may be some cheat codes/kernel parameters you can try with the ubuntu installation. The most common ones are "noapic nolapic acpi=off". Also, in your bios setup disable "Plug and Play"; that can cause problems with certain distros.
 
  


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