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Old 11-04-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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latest ubuntu stalls on installation to a win 98 hdd

Hi ,new to Linux and learning computers and software!I am trying to load ubuntu onto an older win 98 drive; and want to wipe out 98.My intention is to make it useable in an XP running computer.however, it stalls on loading at what looks like arguments.Any ideas? thanks

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Old 11-04-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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Which version of Ubuntu are you trying to install ?
And what are you're computers spec ?
Beside stalls did it gives error messages .
Old 11-04-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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I strongly suggest running a live cd first. If you can't boot your pc from it, then it means you'll have trouble installing on the local drive.
get it here:
How much ram do you have? I would suggest 512MB or 1GB as a minimum. Not something common at the time of Windows 98 ...
And 20 GB of disk should do it. Do you have that?

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I confirm "16pide" words: my win98 PC had a 6GB HDD and 32MB RAM.
Ubuntu did not start at all.

So, put
-> more RAM ?
-> bigger CPU ?
-> run a livecd (knoppix or tinycorelinux) in any case (and look at the internet page of this distro what is the minimum RAM)

Your target is a bit curious (I perhaps did not understand): overtake the HDD to a XP PC?
You dont need to install linux on the HDD for this.
Simply put the HDD into a free IDE connector; make the BIOS recognizing it. Thats it.
Then if you want a XP/Linux multiboot, this is another story (quite good documented in the internet)

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Thanks for all your help,but, managed to repair on my own. I'm learning slow but sure.


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