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Old 08-08-2005, 09:54 AM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu (n00b problems)

I've been trying to install Ubuntu on an IBM Thinkpad T20 for the last 2 days with little success.

I've deleted all partitions on the 30GB HD and let the installer create a single partition across the whole drive with a 1.3 gb swap parition.

The installer gets to the stage where the CD ejects itself and reboots, then it starts extracting packages off the HD, this continues for some time and then I get an error message along the lines of:

"there was a problem installing the selected software

one or more packages failed to install. this may be due to bugs in the packages, or you may be out of disk space or experiencing some other problem...

Simply trying to install those packages (or a slightly different set of packages) again this may work around the problme or at least move the installation process along a little further. You will now enter the aptitude, a package management frontend which will give you the opertunity to do this.

it you decide not to try again, bear in mind that some packages on your system will be in a btokern state until you manually resolve the problem"
I was then taken into the cruelly-named Aptitude (an aptitude test to see if I'm intelligent enough to use linux?) - which made no sense to me at all, I poked around the menus a bit but I didn't know what the hell I was doing.

The list of 'installed packages' and 'not yet installed packages' were both the same?? I ended up rebooting the PC to see if it would boot, just with a few apps broken, but I got a login prompt which just brought me to a completely alien command line, which I knew no commands for. Great.

Any idea what the hell is happening here?
I thought Ubuntu was supposed to be idiot proof?

I'm not that much of an idiot am I?
Old 08-08-2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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i wouldn't call ubuntu idiot proof, they still have lots of work to get that title. But as far as your problem goes i'd try burning it again, maybe at a slower speed. It just seems the install media is busted.
Old 08-08-2005, 11:50 AM   #3
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If you're getting as far as a booted system and a command line there may be no need to reinstall. The instructions here and here should enable you to use aptitude to get your installation up to speed. You'll need to substitute `gedit` in those instructions with a console text editor - my suggestion would be `nano`.

NB: if you're on dial-up, forget it, and go with burning the disc again as ingvildr suggested.
Old 08-09-2005, 07:40 AM   #4
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I had the same problem as you when I was installing Kubuntu. I burnt the disc again at a slow speed, 16X if I remeber right. The problem was solved and it installed perfectly.
Old 08-09-2005, 12:31 PM   #5
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I also had the same problem with Ubuntu, so instead I tried Kubuntu and that worked right away for me.. although that is taking into consideration that you'd rather use KDE over Gnome.


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