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Old 12-18-2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy Install problem Ubuntu 64 bit on Dell Studio XPS 8000

So my new toy arrived today after 30 days delivery time (and several calls/emails to Dell about the delays). It is as follows:

Intel i7-860
WD VelociRaptor 150 GB primary drive (I added this)
WD Black Caviar 750 GB secondary drive (from Dell)
nVIdia GeForce GT220 1 GB video card

I booted from a Ubuntu CD and chose install. The kernel loads, I get the Ubuntu screen with the bar moving back and forth and then I am dumped into a shell. I have tried running live, install and checking disk for defects. Same issue. The memory test works.

I downloaded the ISO again and burned to a fresh CD. Same result. I do not have another 64 bit system to check the CD but I do not think that is the problem.

Any ideas???

Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit installs OK. However, I want to use the LTS version for a number of reasons (such as I will have to spend $120 to update VMWare Workstation to run on 9.10 and I have 8.04 LTS running on 3 other machines and I know its quirks).

Thank for any advice.

Old 12-19-2009, 07:51 AM   #2
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Your system is probably too new for Ubuntu 8.04. Your computer's motherboard chipset, your video card, and probably other things are too new to be supported by the kernel in 8.04. This would explain why 9.10 works ok but 8.04 does not.
I don't think you will be able to use 8.04 on such a new system. The next version of Ubuntu, 10.04 Lucid Lynx, will be a LTS release. So you could use 9.10 until 10.04 comes out. Then you could install 10.04 run with that for a few years until the next LTS release.
You probably know this already, but you can use Virtual Box and VMware Server on Ubuntu 9.10 for free:

That sounds like a nice system btw. Is Ubuntu 9.10 running well on it?

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Old 12-19-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
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Thanks tommcd,

I was hoping to use 8.04 until 10.04 was out and had a little age on it. Oh well, that's progress. I have tried Virtual Box some time back, however, I had trouble with bridged networking and USB. They worked OK in VMWare and I got a discount price on the workstation product on Cyber Monday a couple of years back. I may look at Virtual Box again. Had not heard of KVM - that always was "keyboard video mouse" to me as in a switch box to use the same input and monitor for multiple machines. I may look into that also. For now I can build VMWare machines on an older 8.04 box and run them under VMWare Player on the new box. That seems to work well.

For now I need to try and get two monitors to work on this 1GB video card. That is more storage than my first my first 7 hard drives put together :-)




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