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ingvald
December 21st, 2008, 06:05 PM
I have tried to install both the alternate and full version of ubuntu 8.10, but trying the full desktop version during the installation process the display "goes crazy"/ unreadable. Using the alternate version I finish installation, but the display gets unreadable when ubuntu starts up. How shall I process?

Can I use Ubuntu 8.10 on my old inspiron laptop, or do I have to choose another OS?

Sour Mash
December 22nd, 2008, 05:49 PM
I'm a total newbie with linux but I'd guess that you have some shared video ram issues there - get the tech specs for your laptop and post them, it will help. Processor, HD and RAM.

ingvald
December 22nd, 2008, 10:18 PM
okay, I feel a bit stupid now, but I can't remember the laptop specs. The laptop has not been used for the last year (when I installed ubuntu edgy on it, worked fine by the way), and before that I did not use it for 4 years.......the screen is broken so I have connected a external display/ screen to it , just for the installation and until I get the remote control to work. THen I dont need a screen anyway....

THe spec's are the original for the Dell INspiron 8200,
when I gave the service code to Dell website it gave me a bunch of parts which is probably just as useless for you as it is for me.....

So I guess it is something with the graphics driver. It was running fine on ubuntu edgy (think also I tried feisty). Tried to install win xp again, just to check, and XP worked fine.
Maybe it is possible to do some kind of terminal code during the installation, to get the appropiate driver. Have no idea how to ....but maybe someone do?

regards,
ingvald



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