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Old 12-12-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Linux Installation Hangs

Hello all...........
Iam a newbie to linux.
I have been trying to install linux on my machine since 2 days.
When I tried to install Ubuntu 9.10, a blank screen appears after I press the "Install Ubuntu" button. I tried to install using the USB, ending at the same situation(blank screen after pressing "Install Ubuntu" button).
And even I tried installing OpenSUSE. It hanged up in the mid showing no progress. The last message being displayed is :" serial 0000:01:04.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21

Can anyone figure out the problem....!?

Thanks in advance....
Old 12-12-2009, 08:35 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ phani.exe!'

Now, er... can you give more info on your computer specs?
ram, graphics, make, etc?

also, try booting with the safe graphics settings at the boot menu
also, use the boot codes like noapic noacpi noirqbalance , etc
in ubuntu it should be F6 or something?
Old 12-12-2009, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks Linus............
Tried using safe graphics, noacpi,noirqbalance....but did not work..
And the machine specs are 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, IntelP4 3.00GHz Processor..
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Are you trying to install from a Live CD? (I think that's the only way Ubuntu installs - but not sue about Suse.) I'm not sure how good the error messages are for that sort of install.

If you have the download ability you could try Mandriva Free:

Click on the little Download ISO image (free) bit. It's 4.3G, but this gives you a lot of detail on install on exactly where it's failing, you can choose KDE or Gnome (or others a a desktop) and it's very newb friendly.

Other than that, we need more details of exactly where it's falling over with what you've tried.
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Thank u DiBosco,
I have tried installing Mandriva...
The installation process hanged showing up the last message: "serial 0000:01:04.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21"

Hope this helps in identifying the problem.
Old 12-12-2009, 10:30 AM   #6
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Smile Your graphics ar somthing are

  • do you have two graphics cards
  • does your system use a non supported peice of hardware that don't sow up
  • press [esc] when booting
  • let us know were the system hangs
  • as the other guy said try live mode press [F3] I think and choose vesa to boot it will let you install from desktop
as a side note try using puppy linux to see if boots.It will not install anything it will just run in ram.
Old 12-12-2009, 10:40 AM   #7
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Dear all,
When I tried to install Windows XP, it posed no problems that I have noticed during installation of different linux distros.And ran smoothly.
What's going wrong with Linux?
Old 12-12-2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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have you tried ide=generic or noprobe as boot options
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tried ide=generic and noprobe....
did not work out............!
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Still waiting for specs.
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Have you tried a older version of distro with a older kernel..Sometimes things will work fine and then next kernel version causes issues. Like right now..On my laptop..Im running Debian Squeeze.. And with new kernel Im getting boot errors when I have a cd in drive..Sector read errors as I believe ..It doesnt cause a problem..Just spits out the messages..But point Im making is maybe something in kernel might cause have issue with your gear. Step back to older version of kernel..2.2.28 or so..
If you google the message it brings up alot of stuff to sort thru..
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Thank u Stratotak...
I'll try with an older version..and would reply back soon..
Old 12-13-2009, 05:27 AM   #13
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Dear Stratotak,
ur suggestion to try an older version worked the magic.
I tried to install an older version of Arch-Linux , which did not throw me any problems. And Arch Linux was successfully installed.
After that I got tempted to boot from Mandriva Live CD. But this time, it ran great. Got Mandriva successfully installed on my machine.

And finally, Many Thanks to this Forum.


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