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Old 10-29-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
John Sundsby
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My old Dell Latitude freezes on booting Kubuntu 6.06

A few days ago I installed Kubuntu 6.06 on an old laptop from 1999/2000 (Dell Latitude CPI A400 XT with 200 MB RAM, 6,2 GB harddisk and 400 Mhz freq.) from a live CD (iso386). BIOS revision A05. Now I have problems booting from the harddisk. The display frezes at "Loading hardware drivers" and the laptop shuts down some times. In Recovery mode in Grub I succeed booting. Kubuntu works satisfactorily but slow when booted.

Is my laptop too old for Kubuntu 6.06, or are there any changes I can make in BIOS etc. to get past the "Load hardware drivers" when booting from the harddisk. When I disconnect or connect some pheripherals like printer, internet connections some times booting succeeds. But I am not able to see a system in it.
I am a newbie in Linux.

Old 10-29-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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maybe an acpi problem. suppose your old lappi has no acpi. booting with noapic/noacpi boot option at the grub prompt should help since it boots with failsafe which actually excludes acpi. also check your ram with memtest, could be related also to that.


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