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Old 04-25-2006, 03:58 AM   #1
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Kubuntu Install problem..please read:)


First, I'm sorry this took a lot more space than intended. I hope one of you is kind enough to take time to read this.

I've downloaded dapper-dvd-i386.iso from this website and burnt in onto a cd. Before I rebooted I partitioned I made a 10gb partition where I intended to have Kubuntu installed.

Somehow I think my Windows XP partition was moved (the swap disk was put up before C?)), because I can't boot in windows anymore. (No OS found) but that's another story.

Anyway..upon booting on the kubuntu cd I get to the menu saying "Start Kubuntu", "Start Kubuntu in safe mode", "Install a server", "Install on HD" etc..

Looks good. So I try first to just "Start Kubuntu". My screen ends up showing all kinda colors in an absolutely horrible resolution and I can't do anything but rebooting again. When I choose "Install on HD" I get to the "Uncompressing Linux...Ok, booting the kernel. ALERT /dev/ram does not exist. Dropping to a shell!"

and that's about as far as I get with that option. The most promising option was the "start kubuntu in safe mode"...the graphics worked wonderfully(wohoo) and I manage to click the "Install" link on the desktop that appears after a while. I fill in keyboard settings, region, language, time zone and so on. Then I get to the part where I enter computer name, password, user etc...after filling in that scheme the installer just dissappears. No errors, no nothing. If I try running it again it doesn't start as it did earlier.

Thanks for reading this. Can anyone give me a few hints what to do next?
Old 04-25-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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The ISO you burnt might be bad.
Old 04-25-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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The problem with Dapper Ubuntu/Kubuntu 6.0 is that it's not an official release yet, which means there may be lots of bugs left. The official version is 5.1, Breezy Badger. That may be a little better, but of course it runs older software.

I have an ATI video card, and Ubuntu 5.1 Breezy Badger gives me wacky colors when it tries to display on my screen. Do you know which video card you have?

I've had the best luck with hardware detection and configuration using Suse Linux. Suse 10.1 will be officially released in a few weeks. Downloading and burning another CD is a pain, but that may be the way to go.
Old 04-25-2006, 08:40 PM   #4
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Check the MD5SUM of the DVD image against that on the Kubuntu website.

Try Kubuntu Beezy, since Dapper has not been released yet. I read something about Kubuntu Dapper Beta overwriting the partition table during installation as a bug. This may explain why Windows will no longer boot.

I hope this helps
Old 04-26-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by gejr
Somehow I think my Windows XP partition was moved (the swap disk was put up before C:(?)), because I can't boot in windows anymore. (No OS found) but that's another story.
Just in case you want to resurrect your XP, you can check if your partition is still there with the following command, typed as root:
# fdisk -l
Then, if you have your XP partition present, maybe you can boot it by adding the right lines in the file /boot/grub/menu.lst.
In my case, this magic lines are:
title           Windows XP Profesional
root            (hd0,3)
chainloader     +1
Play with the values of
root            (hd0,3)
and the problem could be solved.


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