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Old 12-24-2005, 07:45 PM   #1
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Trouble installing a 64-bit Distro

Ok, I don't know if this is the best place, but I couldn't really think of anywhere else it belongs and when it comes to 64-bit stuff I am a newbie.

I am trying to get a 64-bit distro installed to take advantage of my new Athlon64 CPU. I've been using Ubuntu for the past 6 months and it's my distro of choice, but I am having a heck of a time installing it, as everytime I try I get an error.

I've gone through at least 5 different disks and have even attempted an install of Gentoo and Debian, which were also unsuccessful.

My latest attempt was with an Ubuntu 5.10 64bit install disk. The ISO was fine and the CD was burned at a low speed. I tried the install and at about 30% into the base system intall I got these errors:

Base system installation error.
The debootstrap program exited with an error (return value 1)
Check /target/var/log/bootstrap.log for the details
Failed to install the base system.
The base system installation into /target/ failed.
Check /target/var/log/bootstrap.log for the details
The thing is that /target/var/log/ doesn't have anything in it. After I got this error I tried the "Check CD Integrity" option that is available on the install disk, and it went through successfully.

I really don't know where to go from here. I'm trying an internet install of Suse 10.0, but I won't know if that works for a while.

Is it possible that something is goofed up with my hardware? I'm able to install most 32bit distros that I have just fine, but the 64bit version are proving to be a real pain in my butt.

My system specs:
ASRock Socket 939 Dual SATA Motherboard
Athlon64 3200+
2gigs of Corsair DDR 3200 RAM
Maxtor 200Gb IDE harddrive
Western Digital 80Gb IDE Harddrive
3Com network card

Anything you can do to help will be hugely appreciated.

Old 12-25-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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I do not see anything unusual in your hardware. I've no trouble with any of the 64 bit distros.

Are you trying the beta and rc versions?

I would suggest trying Ubuntu 6.04 if you havn't already. It comes with the most up-to-date kernel.


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