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Old 07-21-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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Ubuntu 7.04 Install from live cd freezes - Suggestions on how to resolve

I have an extra computer with a msi board, p4, 512 memory that was running ubuntu 7.04. This machine has been running ubuntu for more than 6 months without problems. The original install was desktop, and I removed most applications (Gimp, OpenOffice etc) so that I could turn this machine into a file server for a network of 1 windows box, 1 dual boot laptop, and my original linux 7.04 machine. I wanted to use the existing 40 gb else where, so I plugged in a 10 gb, and attempted to install 7.04 from cd.

The 7.04 and a 6.04 disk both go to the live cd stage, but freeze at either screen 1 or screen 2 of the install. On the original attempt at installing, the installer had problems (which I did not log) with formating the hard drive. I used a sys rescue cd with gparted, and formated wo problems to a single ext3 partition. I am still unable to install, and unable to determine why. I can reinstall the original hd, but I would like some suggestions, as I learn a little more each time I overcome these problems.

1. Can a defective hard drive cause these problems? If it formats without difficulty in Gparted, does that mean it is a good hard drive?

2. Can anyone suggest test or commands that might assist in resolving this problem.

3. Is is possible to perform the install from the live cd via the command line with the cd from ubuntu?

Thank you,

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The Ubuntu installer used to have a pretty brain-dead wrapper for the partitioner. Why not use the current level - 8.04 ???.
To use a CLI installer, get the alternate CD - not a liveCD, but allows you to assign partitions better IMHO. I've used it forever in preference to the GUI installer/liveCD.
Old 07-24-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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Wish I had heard of the alternative CD-Seems to solve...

..the problems at least on this machine.

I downloaded the 8.04 Ubuntu alternative CD, and it seems to work. Clearly it went past the partitioning portion of the install process.

Thank you, and I will update this posting at the completion of the install.



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