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Ubuntu not working on some PCs?

September 17, 2007 at 00:19:25
Specs: XP pro/Linux, 384mb-1gig

I have tried to install Ubuntu onto a bunch
of different computers, but on some it
won't even boot from the CD. Is there any
reason for this? One of the PCs is a
Gateway mini desktop. Another is a Compaq
Presario. When the CD is inserted, the post
screen comes on, then nothing. Could I
format a HDD in another computer, then
install it into either of these? Then
reconfigure the xorg.conf file? Or is there
another way to do this?

Old stuff that still works, somewhat....


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#1
September 17, 2007 at 14:21:42

Some older CD drives can't read newer CD-R's or CD-RW's. Some older machines can't boot directly to CD's. Some older machines have some issue with syslinux or isolinux (can't remember with one is which)

Might look at making a bootable floppy to load across the network or use pxe if supported.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you peanut.


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#2
September 17, 2007 at 15:09:28

And even if you get through those issues, Ubuntu's installer is RAM hungry. I think they say 256M, and mean it.

I've got an old 192M Vaio that will not run an install. FC6 loads fine.

One of my few complaints about Ubuntu.



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#3
September 18, 2007 at 20:52:07

The Compaq has at least 256mb, and I can boost that up to 1gig if I need to. And the Gateway also has at least 256mb. I've tried to install Ubuntu onto a Thinkpad with 256mb, and that wouldn't install either. The problem isn't reading the CDR, the Thinkpad has a DvD drive, (that ran a live version of Suse) and the Compaq has a CDRW. If I install Ubuntu on another computer, then install the HDD into any of these, would that work?

Old stuff that still works, somewhat....


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#4
September 19, 2007 at 07:04:46

It could work.

If I were going to try that, I'd install and customize to a non-GUI boot. When you swap the HD, you will not have X problems right off the bat.


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#5
September 19, 2007 at 10:26:04

You'd be better off finding out about the iso linux deal. Or consider an network install. But be sure to try above as it can't hurt.

I'd still reburn the disk at the slowest speed.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you peanut.


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#6
September 21, 2007 at 16:51:39

"I'd still reburn the disk at the slowest speed."

Quite right!
That's the first rule of using live CDs.


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#7
October 15, 2007 at 13:29:24

Some people can get Ubuntu to load on a low memory system. I tried to get IBM thinkpad to load Linux with 256 and it was not easy.
I think 512 is a good starting point for Ubuntu.
Or at least 384 megs of ram.
You might try xubuntu it is somewhat less resource hungry.
I would say the minimum requirements for Ubuntu are about the same for XP Home.
Ubuntu runs pretty good on 512.....and very good on 1 gig of memory.
Overall Ubuntu is a top notch OS....I use it for everything but scanning and gaming.
I’m sold on it.
Good Luck.


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