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Old 12-21-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
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Help with installing linux


I am trying to install ubuntu 10.8 linux on my old pc which was made in 1999 and runs XP slowly. I have tried to install ubuntu linux by using a ISO image on a disc but it is not working. I know the disc is good because I tried it on a newer XP PC and I could open it. On the old computer I used BIOS to list the CD-ROM as the 1st boot thing. I don't know why it is not booting the CD. In "My Computer" I tried to open the CD-DVD drive but it says please insert disc but the disc is in. Any one know any thing that could help me?

the specs of the old pc are
Gateway Performance 500 Deluxe
Intel Pentium 3 500MHz with 512k Cache
128MB 100MHz SDRAM
20.4GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA hard drive
 
Old 12-21-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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You probably need a newer cdrom drive to read the disk. You aren't going to run ubuntu very well on that rig as it is. You might want to look at DamnSmall Linux and/or Puppy linux which are made for old computers
 
Old 12-21-2008, 09:24 PM   #3
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you mean i would have to buy a new cdrom drive.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 10:25 PM   #4
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you mean i would have to buy a new cdrom drive.
Most likely
 
Old 12-22-2008, 12:38 AM   #5
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Maybe its just the cd drive can't read the format..Is it a cd-rw??maybe it cant read the cd-rw..if thats the case whatever distro you decide on..burn the iso to a cd-r..
 
Old 12-22-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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i did burn the ISO cd to a cd-r(twice i tried it). i have also tried puppy linux threw UNETbootin on a USB drive but that did not work either. idk what is wrong
 
Old 12-22-2008, 01:49 PM   #7
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i did burn the ISO cd to a cd-r(twice i tried it). i have also tried puppy linux threw UNETbootin on a USB drive but that did not work either. idk what is wrong
Your hardware probably doesn't support usb booting
 
  


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