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smokey simo
February 14th, 2010, 10:40 PM
this has probably already been covered before, but i couldn't find any similar topics after a search.

i want to completely wipe my hard drive get rid of everything (running XP at the moment) and install ubuntu from the cd. i have enough memory and there are no hardware errors so i don't know what's going wrong.

what happens is: i boot from the cd, choose "install ubuntu", then it takes about 10 minutes for the bar to go across. so far, so good.

BUT

then i just get the brown background and an arrow cursor. NOTHING ELSE. nothing to click, no options or anything.

what am i doing wrong?

oldos2er
February 14th, 2010, 10:49 PM
What are your system specs?

lyall
February 14th, 2010, 10:51 PM
this has probably already been covered before, but i couldn't find any similar topics after a search.

i want to completely wipe my hard drive get rid of everything (running XP at the moment) and install ubuntu from the cd. i have enough memory and there are no hardware errors so i don't know what's going wrong.

what happens is: i boot from the cd, choose "install ubuntu", then it takes about 10 minutes for the bar to go across. so far, so good.

BUT

then i just get the brown background and an arrow cursor. NOTHING ELSE. nothing to click, no options or anything.

what am i doing wrong?

Yes there are other post here about this

first how do you burn the ISO to a CD?
some say burn it at a slow speed
you can also verify it after it is burned

also see Burning your downloaded Ubuntu image
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/switching/installing-burning.html

hope this helps you get started

good luck and have fun learning

smokey simo
February 14th, 2010, 11:03 PM
What are your system specs?

It's a pretty crummy old pc, but I'm too broke to upgrade:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer SiS
System Model 730S
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~1095 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 062710, 15/07/1997
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 128.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 19.86 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 268.25 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

oldos2er
February 14th, 2010, 11:33 PM
Your specs are far too low to run the Ubuntu LiveCD. I suggest you try Puppy Linux (also see if a BIOS update is available for your system).

phillw
February 14th, 2010, 11:39 PM
Hi, you can run a ubuntu, just not ubuntu. You need xubuntu, you just squeeze in at 128MB RAM !!

It's over this way --> http://www.xubuntu.org/get

and is a fully fledged member of the family - just made for low RAM computers

Enjoy :p

/edit, if you're feeling adventerous, there is also lubuntu, it's not fully due out until the end of april, it's over here --> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu

Regards,

Phill.

smokey simo
February 14th, 2010, 11:47 PM
thanks to all replies.

i think it's just the case that i'll have to buy a new pc :-?

phillw
February 16th, 2010, 01:36 AM
thanks to all replies.

i think it's just the case that i'll have to buy a new pc :-?


Install xubuntu onto it - It will be a very happy computer. Xubuntus' raison d'etre is for the older computer. Give an old dog a new lease of life :-)

Regards,

Phill.

mikechant
February 16th, 2010, 04:10 PM
thanks to all replies.

i think it's just the case that i'll have to buy a new pc

Your processor should be fast enough to run standard Ubuntu (I used to run it on a 500MHz AMD Athlon). Have you considered upgrading the RAM? You should be able to get another 512Mb in there.