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Old 07-25-2009, 03:36 AM   #1
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cannot install ubuntu from live cd

Iam running winxp in my c drive. I tried to install ubuntu 6 from alive cd, but after booting up,it asks to go through the six steps like language,city etc. after choosing languge and moving forward it comes to select city and just hangs up...I kept it for long time,still not working. Iam having system with P4 2.3ghz,256mb ram and 40gb hard disk. Can u tell me what is the problem?????
Old 07-25-2009, 05:15 AM   #2
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The Desktop (LiveCD) disk uses a lot of memory to install. The Alternate disk (straight install) only uses 64Mb to install and is probably better for you.

256Mb of RAM is the abslute minimum to run Ubuntu on. Could you increase the amount of RAM?
Old 08-02-2009, 08:49 AM   #3
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first try testing the installation media.. it might be corrupted.. i dont think 256mb of ram is too small for a live cd to work.of course it will take some time to load..but it works fine with me.. me too got 256mb ram but no problem with ubuntu live cd.
Old 08-03-2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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I figured out that when if you select the "Install Ubuntu" option at the live CD boot prompt it will go straight to the installer without even loading GNOME. I used to have 256 MB of ram on my computer, and the installer was a bit slow (you have to wait a minute between each question while it loads, and have a swap partition on your hard disk too). If you don't have a swap partition on there you can use parted on the command line terminals to create a new swap partition. (250 MB is a good size for it)
Old 08-05-2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by smammas View Post
Iam running winxp in my c drive. I tried to install ubuntu 6 from alive cd...
Is Ubuntu 6 the version of Ubuntu you are trying to install? Ubuntu 6 (ie, Ubuntu 6.06 and 6.10) are not supported anymore; and I doubt that their repositories are still available, so you won't be able to get updates or install new software.
If you want a LTS (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntu, go with 8.04. If you want the newest version (which is what you would want for a home desktop or laptop), then go with 9.04. You can get them both here:
You may need the alternate install CD ( a text based installer) to install Ubuntu since you only have 256mb RAM. You can get that here:
To burn the iso image to CD from Windows, use Infra Recorder:
and burn the CD at the slowest possible speed. When the CD boots up, choose the option "check disc for defects". This will take a minute or two to run. If it passes, the disc is good and you can proceed to install Ubuntu.

Last edited by tommcd; 08-05-2009 at 02:24 AM.
Old 08-08-2009, 01:55 PM   #6
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better try the alternateCD for the latest Ubuntu9.04, but i guess that requires a bare minimum of 512MB RAM .


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