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Old 03-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Instaaling Ubuntu on Toshiba Portage 100- doesd not work

TOSHIBA Portage 100 does not like Ubuntu

This elderly notebook has come my way; and I thought it would be nice get rid of XP Pro and make it a totally Linux machine.
To this end several magazine distro's and a dedicated CD of UBUNTU 10 are available.
All have been tried and all have failed to either load the 'Run from disc' option or to do a total install.
Each attempt failure is the same for all.
The UBUNTU screen comes up and shows progress bar.
A restart is indicated.
POST asks select Windoze or Ubuntu.
Select Ubuntu- the load screen runs then comes message ''Failed to find shell to load to''
Several thoughts come to mind- not enough HD space-10 Gb available- or the build wont allow it.
Intel Mobile premium M 1.4
HD Max 32 Gb

One last hindrance Taking the HD out to format externally is a NoNo it is situated internally in the unit with no external access 'hatch'
Last thought the XP installation seems different somehow- works OK but shows it's difference in the 'Shut-down; sequence-- the stand by/hibernate button is greyed out thus does not work.

Any thoughts welcome'
Old 03-16-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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well my guess would be you do not have enough disk space, especially if windows is still on it. Ubuntu requires 5gb of disk space to be installed. if you want to make it a "totally linux machine" why not format the drive? if you dont want to format it, try resizing your partitions. if that doesn't work you may have a faulty hard drive, have you run check harddisk?
fyi: im running debian 6.0.7 on an compaq n600c, Ubuntu 12.10 was the first distro i tried to install and i had similar issues. it would install then restart and nothing was there. debian and backtrack work great side by side, 30gb hdd 1gb ram 1.2 ghz processor. if all else fails, try debian.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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On a machine with those specs Xubuntu or Lubuntu would be a better choice.


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