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    Unhappy Installation of 12.04 halts

    I'm trying to install Precise (12.04) on a Compaq Presario M2000 laptop. It had been previously running Maverick (10.10) and XP in a dual-boot configuration, until last Monday. Last week, I tried to upgrade it to Natty (11.04). It downloaded all the upgraded files and packages, but it froze up when it was installing them. I tried as many fixes as I could find, but nothing seemed to work.

    And so I resorted to the brute-force-and-install-it-clean method: booted with my SystemRescueCD disk (a VERY handy disk to have), started a shell session, mounted the hard drive, and wiped the ext3 partition (/dev/sda1) via rm -rf. When I booted again with a live CD, I got the Ubuntu splash screen, and the dots changed color for about 1-2 minutes. Then everything halted -- the CD stopped spinning, the hard drive light stopped flashing, and the dots stopped changing colors. All for no apparent reason.

    I've since downloaded and ran boot-repair on the system, so it can still boot to Windows. The ext3 partitions are still there; I haven't removed them via gparted. I'm currently downloading the text-based installer, aka the alternate install CD.

    Has anyone else run into this? And is there anything else I should consider doing, short of running a fallingstone benchmark on the laptop?
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    Re: Installation of 12.04 halts

    Update: Downloaded the alternate distro and burned it to CD. It appeared to be hanging on the DHCP setup. Since I wasn't connected to a network at the time, this is probably where the standard distro was hanging up. So I moved to my computer loft, plugged in a live network cable, and began the reinstall process again.

    I was a little confused by the disk partitioning menus, as I wanted to re-use the existing (but now empty) partitions /dev/sda1 (ext4) and /dev/sda5 (swap). (Sidenote: On this system,, I had installed Ubuntu first in /dev/sda1, then Windows in /dev/sda2.) But I think I have it solved now.
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    Smile Re: Installation of 12.04 halts

    Update: The alternative installation CD worked for me. It was a little confusing at first, being asked to set up a volume group and then a logical volume. (I didn't have to do that with the standard distro.) And it wasn't apparent that I needed to hit the Enter key to change the initial or default values. But Precise is installed now, and running well. And since the laptop has a Broadcom 4318 wireless controller/card, I had to install firmware-b43-installer.

    (Sidenote: The alternate installations can be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...tive-downloads )
    Last edited by poltr1; June 13th, 2012 at 06:23 PM. Reason: Added link to page contianing alternative install distros.
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    Re: Installation of 12.04 halts

    Quote Originally Posted by poltr1 View Post
    Update: The alternative installation CD worked for me. It was a little confusing at first, being asked to set up a volume group and then a logical volume. (I didn't have to do that with the standard distro.) And it wasn't apparent that I needed to hit the Enter key to change the initial or default values. But Precise is installed now, and running well. And since the laptop has a Broadcom 4318 wireless controller/card, I had to install firmware-b43-installer.

    (Sidenote: The alternate installations can be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...tive-downloads )
    You have used text baed alternate? or GUI based alternate?

    Thanks for updating your progress..

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