my Ubuntu live disk wont start up?

July 15, 2012 at 18:54:23
Specs: ubuntu 12.04, 640mb
i made an Ubuntu live dvd today with the intent of using it on my hp pavilion. it has a Pentium 3 processor and 640 Mb of ram also it has no hard drive. when i start it up it shows Ubuntu 12.04 with the loading bar under neath it but i let it go for 20 minutes and still it hasn't started up. any help what did i do wrong

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#1
July 15, 2012 at 22:44:29
Personally would feel that Ubuntu is to new, Puppy Linux I feel would be a better choice:

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download...

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#2
July 16, 2012 at 00:21:05
you would need Pentium 4 atleast and 1 GB Ram to run it and get partitioned the hard disk first

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#3
July 16, 2012 at 01:05:14
That's not true in general (although there is obviously some problem in this case). Ubuntu 12.04 should run on a Pentium III with at least 512MB of RAM.

OP - are you able to test the DVD on another computer? It may just be a bad burn. Having said that, I think you would be better off with a slightly less resource-hungry distribution; say Lubuntu or maybe the xfce spin of Fedora 17. You shouldn't need as basic a distro as Puppy.


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#4
July 16, 2012 at 07:41:28
Puppy though basic, it does have 'pup-save' to save sessions, which *buntu does not have, and ideal if no hard drive in machine

Also additional software can be installed so it is no longer a basic distro, and the mantra of Puppy is to run of older hardware.............

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#5
July 16, 2012 at 07:51:55
Ah, I missed the "no hard drive" bit. Personally I would just buy a cheap hard drive. They cost next to nothing nowadays.

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#6
July 16, 2012 at 08:26:45
Even a £10 40GB second-user hard drive is more than the machine is worth.....

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#7
July 16, 2012 at 10:34:32
A normal install may work with 640 but a live cd may consume more. Sadly Ubuntu web site doesn't address this, every other major distro does. Your 640 may not be available to you so less may be what you have.

This too low of ram could be the issue. I'd be tempted to look at other issues first.

One is to burn the disk at the very slowest speed you can. Get a high quality disk. Readers on old systems just don't like burned disks. Test the disk and/or iso download.

Boot to safe modes or use (I think) escape key to see boot text to see what may be stopping it.


A different version might be tried that has a more simple window manager. Xubuntu can be tried.


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#8
July 16, 2012 at 18:43:16
im fine with using puppy the weird thing is when i put the disk in my older dell it works just fine of course the dell has a bit more ram but 640 should be enough for puppy right but the puppy disk freezes just like the Ubuntu disk. it freezes right after saying
"ic- not syncing:attempting to kill init!"
i don't know what the deal is??

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#9
July 17, 2012 at 01:47:53
Sounds like a hardware issue or a BIOS setting issue.............

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#10
July 17, 2012 at 09:11:56
Not weird.

"One is to burn the disk at the very slowest speed you can. Get a high quality disk. Readers on old systems just don't like burned disks. Test the disk and/or iso download. "

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#11
July 20, 2012 at 09:18:05
Mustang2, please repost the puppy windows 98 question. Dunno what happened to it. I was editing my reply and it vanished.

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#12
July 20, 2012 at 11:58:48
Double posting is not welcome or required when original thread is a few days old, it gets confusing, as responders may be repeating themselves....

Does the old P3 machine support booting from Optical Drive with a "burnt" CD ?? some early Optical Drive only would boot from "Factory" CD

Puppy does not use WUBI, that is for Ubuntu, for Puppy see:

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/Puppy52...

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#13
July 20, 2012 at 17:12:15
What do you mean double posting? Did someone delete that post? I don't see how wubi install has enough to do with this issue.

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#14
July 20, 2012 at 22:16:36
The deleted post was regards Linux Puppy in a Dual Boot scenario, in this post he had already asked about installing Linux on the same machine, therefore I presume the Mods felt it was covering a similar topic, nothing to do with me !!

I was replying in 12 to the deleted post where he asked about undertaking a "WUBI" install of Puppy Linux, as opposed to what he asked in this thread.....

He has some issues booting from a LIVE CD in this thread, that is why I believe he is trying a different install method.

Jefro I hope I have remembered correctly his second post, though no doubt the OP will reply eventually..

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#15
July 21, 2012 at 08:47:20
Guess we will never know.

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