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lectraplayer 11-13-2012 11:40 AM

trouble with Ubuntu installer
I keep having trouble with Ubuntu's installer. this spans many versions. it won't go beyond the splash screen. it acts like a defective cd but the cd verifies correctly. i'm about to try again with 12.10 desktop. my pc is a stock HP Pentium 4 and it runs Vector fine, but a lot of apps and hardware i want works better on Ubuntu. how do i get a dump of what it's trying so i can diagnose the problem?

snowpine 11-13-2012 11:47 AM

A few suggestions to start:

1. Tell us your CPU, RAM, and video card
2. Try a version for older hardware such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu
3. Visit and search for your specific PC model using the Search feature

lectraplayer 11-14-2012 06:49 AM

This is a P4 with 512MB ram and an nVidia 3d accelerator, 128mb to itself. i would figure any reasonable 32 bit package would be suitable. am i that outdated?

snowpine 11-14-2012 08:17 AM

I would definitely go with a lightweight desktop environment (Xubuntu, Lubuntu) for such low hardware specs.

Did you try my suggestion #3 above?

lectraplayer 11-14-2012 11:42 AM

I would do so if i could get it to install. tried xUbuntu, Kubuntu (used to love this one), and a couple others. i can add and pull as needed once i can get it to the point of laying out and formatting my disk. After the initial boot splash, it just sits there and does nothing... As if the kernel is defective.

snowpine 11-14-2012 12:02 PM

Did you search for your hardware on to see if this is a known issue? (maybe with known solution?)
Ubuntu has kind of a bad reputation for regressions in hardware support; did you try some other distros? Try: Debian, Slackware, CentOS, and other very stable distros with excellent support for older hardware like yours.

lectraplayer 11-14-2012 05:05 PM

Which one is Ubuntu based on? Is it the spiral?(Debian) Like i said, I currently have Vector on it but some things i want to do on it are better supported under Ubuntu.

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