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Old 05-09-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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ubuntu installation freezes


I am trying to install ubuntu on an Acer PC which currently runs Vista.

Acer Aspire T690
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
2038 MB
32-bit OS

The PC boots from cd, I select English and begin the installation. After a few minutes the splash screen stops moving and this text is displayed:

http://www.widgetbuilding.com/uploads/forum/ubuntu.jpg

I have also tried installed CentOS 5.1 and it, too, crashes soon after the installation begins.


CentOS fails
http://www.widgetbuilding.com/uploads/forum/centos.jpg
 
Old 05-09-2008, 08:47 PM   #2
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1st. When burning an ISO image, always burn it SLOW. Even if the md5sum checks out, burn it SLOW. I always burn around 2-4x, and never have had a problem. I've had issues though, when I just burn at 12-14x, or whatever.

2nd What type of media? My understanding is, using "R" media is better than RW media. I can't verify this, as I only use R media, but it might be worth looking into. Also, if you're using some cheap disk, that could be the issue.

Finally, if neither of the above works, you might have some underlying hardware issue that isn't co-operating w/ the live CDs. At that point, I would recommend downloading the Alternate Install CD. I use this CD, simply because I prefer it, and it rarely has caused me an issue.

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Old 05-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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1st. When burning an ISO image, always burn it SLOW. Even if the md5sum checks out, burn it SLOW. I always burn around 2-4x, and never have had a problem. I've had issues though, when I just burn at 12-14x, or whatever.

2nd What type of media? My understanding is, using "R" media is better than RW media. I can't verify this, as I only use R media, but it might be worth looking into. Also, if you're using some cheap disk, that could be the issue.

Finally, if neither of the above works, you might have some underlying hardware issue that isn't co-operating w/ the live CDs. At that point, I would recommend downloading the Alternate Install CD. I use this CD, simply because I prefer it, and it rarely has caused me an issue.

IGF

I have used the CDs to install on another PC so I don't believe the problem lies in the media.
 
Old 05-10-2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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I tried using the alternate install. I even burned the ISO slow (4).

I was confused on how to partition the harddrive and don't know i I did that correctly or not. Then when it started to install the screen turned red with a bootloader error.
 
Old 05-10-2008, 11:52 AM   #5
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Alternate Install CD/DVD

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Originally Posted by HighCorral View Post
I am trying to install ubuntu on an Acer PC which currently runs Vista.

Acer Aspire T690
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
2038 MB
32-bit OS

The PC boots from cd, I select English and begin the installation. After a few minutes the splash screen stops moving and this text is displayed:

http://www.widgetbuilding.com/uploads/forum/ubuntu.jpg

I have also tried installed CentOS 5.1 and it, too, crashes soon after the installation begins.

CentOS fails
http://www.widgetbuilding.com/uploads/forum/centos.jpg
1) You can download CDs/DVDs without bittorrent, but I have never had luck not using bittorrent. The Ubuntu sites have a list of downloadable media, including torrents

2) Once I have downloaded a torrent, I've justed burned it with no other consideration.

3) Try a text-mode or "alternative" install media. You can find these on the Ubuntu site.

4) If this is 8.04 Hardy you are installing, please post your experiences on Ubuntu Launchpad.

I performed two 8.04 KUbuntu upgrades (different systems) and then two installs (same two systems), and my older Acer failed miserably on the full install of KUbuntu, and XUbuntu. 7.10 Ubuntu worked fine, especially re-installing on my Acer Travelmate 630.

If need be get install media that allows a server or command line only install, and then build the system up from there using apt-get.

My advice is stay with 7.10 Ubuntu, KUbuntu, XUbuntu, until a few things are straightened out.
 
Old 05-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #6
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I burned the gparted iso

Ran it in "failsafe mode" and it crashed as well with a segmentation fault.

Memory?
Harddrive?
CD Drive?

http://www.widgetbuilding.com/upload...ve-0.3.6-7.JPG

I am currently running Memtest86+ v2.01.
 
Old 05-11-2008, 11:57 AM   #7
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There's always Knoppix

If you have not already tried it, burn a Knoppix CD and try to boot with that. When all else fails, Knoppix boots for me. If you have newer hardware, especially laptops, I've found I had to go download the latest Knoppix version.

Doing this will give you additional diagnostic information.
 
Old 05-11-2008, 12:28 PM   #8
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Quote:
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I am trying to install ubuntu on an Acer PC which currently runs Vista.

Acer Aspire T690
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz 2.00GHz
2038 MB
32-bit OS
HighCorral, I think you've had enough advice on what to burn and try. Obviously, your having some hardware issue. If what you say is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, then at least the optical drive works. You said you can use the burned cd/dvds on another computer.

I'm curious as to how come Vista works and nothing else does.

Are you hardware oriented? Can you open the Acer case and swap out or at least re-insert the memory sticks. Check wiring. See if the optical drive connectors are secure. Just look around and see if everything is were is should be. There has _never_ been a PC that I owned that I didn't open the hood and check out what's inside.

But getting back on track here. If Vista works without errors, it appears something else is amiss. It could very well be a hard drive issue. Does this have that boot loader for Vista?

If you have spare parts try swapping out the hard drive, and see if any of the other linux distros work.
 
Old 05-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #9
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I'm thinking that the distro kernel does not have drivers that recognize your CD/DVD drive.
 
Old 05-12-2008, 08:20 AM   #10
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I removed my dual monitor nvidia gx5200 graphics card and used only the on-board card, and was able to install just fine.

Apparently there is a conflict with that card (three distros failed). I am still working on the procedure for loading the appropriate graphics driver but so far all attempts have failed: If the card is installed the PC freezes during boot up.
 
Old 05-12-2008, 11:13 AM   #11
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I removed my dual monitor nvidia gx5200 graphics card and used only the on-board card, and was able to install just fine.

Apparently there is a conflict with that card (three distros failed). I am still working on the procedure for loading the appropriate graphics driver but so far all attempts have failed: If the card is installed the PC freezes during boot up.
I didn't see any mentioned of your graphic card on your first post. I think that's why you got so many comments about the burning issue. Maybe had you booted up in safe mode and looks at some log files or dmesg the video card problem might have shown up.
 
  


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