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DianaLee
January 1st, 2011, 09:37 AM
~complete newby~
First off, I burned the newest version onto a cdR and inserted it into my dell dimension xps r450 originally with windows 98.
After a small while it showed a black screen that said "ubuntu version 10.10" (or something similar) and four red loading dots.
After 2 or so minutes of that, I got the basic desktop background (or so i can assume) and a cursor, but nothing else.

I read an online guide and it said a box indicating installation should have popped up...but it did not.

...Also relevant, i'm not connected to the internet and this computer had no os when I inserted the disk (the people who I got it from wiped it about a year ago and it's been sitting around since)

thanks in advance..

PatchesTheCaveman
January 1st, 2011, 09:52 AM
Hi DianaLee. Happy New Year!

You definitely would have seen an installation screen and had to select some options had you installed it. The CD is designed to let you try Ubuntu before installing it to see if you like it. There should be an icon on your desktop that will allow you to install Ubuntu on your hard drive.

Let us know if you have any trouble!

Bucky Ball
January 1st, 2011, 09:54 AM
If you have a flashing cursor you are not at a desktop. How long did you wait at this point?

DianaLee
January 1st, 2011, 10:01 AM
Hi DianaLee. Happy New Year!

You definitely would have seen an installation screen and had to select some options had you installed it. The CD is designed to let you try Ubuntu before installing it to see if you like it. There should be an icon on your desktop that will allow you to install Ubuntu on your hard drive.

Let us know if you have any trouble!

Happy New Year to you too!
I got no sort of installation screen, so im assuming it didn't install...?
Also, there would be an icon except i'm not dualbooting. (I probably should have mentioned that)
Meaning, that this is the only somewhat nonexistent operating system.

DianaLee
January 1st, 2011, 10:04 AM
If you have a flashing cursor you are not at a desktop. How long did you wait at this point?

It's not flashing, and I waited six minutes?
And if desktop is not the correct term, then pinkish design in the background is the best way to describe.

mastablasta
January 1st, 2011, 10:11 AM
depends on how much RAM you have. unless you did any upgrades and if this is your computer: http://www.pcworld.com/article/23853/dell_dimension_xps_r450.html

you don't have enough RAM to run Ubuntu. it says on that poge that this computer comes with 128MB ram installed and Pentium2 450Mhz processor. That is not nearly enough. see the requirements here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

you could give Lubuntu (an unnoficial lighter version of Ubuntu) a try. you can find it here: http://lubuntu.net/

A few other options in the Linux world would be
Slitaz: http://www.slitaz.org/en/
Puppy Linux: http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm
DSL (this one is a bit old): http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

if you could get a used RAM (new ones are not worth buying for such an old computer) you might upgrade it a bit (depending on how mcuh the motherboard can take in) and then run Lubuntu or Slitaz on it.

Slitaz is not as user friendly though.... But still should be so problematic to intall and use. more quick info can be found here on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SliTaz_GNU/Linux

DianaLee
January 1st, 2011, 10:17 AM
depends on how much RAM you have. unless you did any upgrades and if this is your computer: http://www.pcworld.com/article/23853/dell_dimension_xps_r450.html

you don't have enough RAM to run Ubuntu. it says on that poge that this computer comes with 128MB ram installed and Pentium2 450Mhz processor. That is not nearly enough. see the requirements here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

you could give Lubuntu (an unnoficial lighter version of Ubuntu) a try. you can find it here: http://lubuntu.net/

A few other options in the Linux world would be
Slitaz: http://www.slitaz.org/en/
Puppy Linux: http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm
DSL (this one is a bit old): http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

if you could get a used RAM (new ones are not worth buying for such an old computer) you might upgrade it a bit (depending on how mcuh the motherboard can take in) and then run Lubuntu or Slitaz on it.

Slitaz is not as user friendly though.... But still should be so problematic to intall and use. more quick info can be found here on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SliTaz_GNU/Linux

Thank You, so much.
:D

Joe of loath
January 1st, 2011, 10:46 AM
I have a box with a similar spec, and it runs Debian LXDE edition perfectly.

mastablasta
January 3rd, 2011, 09:13 AM
I have a box with a similar spec, and it runs Debian LXDE edition perfectly.


I forgot about Debian... Debian doesn't load so many drivers in beginning which you probably dont' need anyway with an old ocmputer (such as bluetooth and such). you can always add them up later. Debian is also a bit more difficult to install. still it should work nicely. especially the older Lenny version. Lenny has a bit out of date porgrammes though, so Squeeze might be a better option. but not necessarilly.