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Thread: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

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    If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Yeah, so Ubuntu didn't exactly "work" with my laptop after I thought I got it working...Here's why

    Reason: At the dual boot screen, allowing it to automatically load Linux caused catastrophic errors. It would hang on the purple screen (blank, by the way) for a solid ten minutes. After that I did a hard reset (held the power button). I turned the computer back on and hit "Enter" and it got me passed the purple screen and into a black screen where lines of code were being thrown at me. Once again, hard reset after 10 minutes of random code. I plug in the LiveCD to remove Ubuntu when I get "MACHINE CHECK ERROR". So I removed the Linux partitions through Windows Disk Manager and the System Repair Disc

    So because Ubuntu didn't work, would it be wise to stay away from Linux OS's all together? I really want it on my laptop, but nooooo.

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    "MACHINE CHECK ERROR" is indicative of a hardware problem. If that's the case then it doesn't matter which distro you choose. Is Windows working OK or does that generate errors too?

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Well I would only get the MACHINE CHECK ERROR when I would boot to the LiveCD. Windows is working fine as it always has.

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Some graphic cards need the drivers to run clean, you might have just needed to do a low graphic boot to get in and update and check the additional drivers app. Sometimes the drivers are on the cd, or are found during install if you you click on the install updates box in the install as well.

    There is a safe boot from the recovery kernel line in grub or using the nomodeset option.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132

    There are many choices of operating systems in the Linux area.





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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Yeah, but the problem was that I couldn't get the CD or the OS to work...

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scozzar View Post
    Yeah, but the problem was that I couldn't get the CD or the OS to work...
    Did you know of the nomodeset option shown in the link in both circumstances, and tried that option?

    You probably have a nvidia graphic card which needs additional drivers generally. If I recall this is a new computer.





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    Post Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    I bet that is an old intel GPU.

    Trun off ale option at last tab (in first screen of livecd)

    than press TAB, and add this options:

    gfxpayload=1024x768 i915.modeset=1

    or
    gfxpayload=1024x768 i915.modeset=0

    and CTRL+X for boot

    Works for me (sometimes )

    PS. Answer for Yours ? Yes.
    http://distrowatch.com/
    Last edited by Sylslay; June 9th, 2012 at 09:30 PM.

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Quote Originally Posted by wilee-nilee View Post
    Did you know of the nomodeset option shown in the link in both circumstances, and tried that option?

    You probably have a nvidia graphic card which needs additional drivers generally. If I recall this is a new computer.
    Well my laptop has Intel Integrated graphics. It also has the Nvidia Geforce 540m w/ Optimus technology (it turns on the GPU when it is needed)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylslay View Post
    I bet that is an old intel GPU.

    Trun off ale option at last tab (in first screen of livecd)

    than press TAB, and add this options:

    gfxpayload=1024x768 i915.modeset=1

    or
    gfxpayload=1024x768 i915.modeset=0

    and CTRL+X for boot

    Works for me (sometimes )

    PS. Answer for Yours ? Yes.
    http://distrowatch.com/
    Actually it's an Intel i7 @ 2ghz. I bought my laptop in December

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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scozzar View Post
    Well my laptop has Intel Integrated graphics. It also has the Nvidia Geforce 540m w/ Optimus technology (it turns on the GPU when it is needed)



    Actually it's an Intel i7 @ 2ghz. I bought my laptop in December
    So it is hard to tell if this is still installed, and whether you have tried a nomodeset to get in.

    If you are still installed use the link I posted to insert the nomodeset into the ubuntu kernel. If this gets you in, run a update then check the additional drivers app for drivers.

    There is a standard way to get the drivers added from the repos, but this is getting to an area I don't really have a lot of expertise in.





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    Re: If Ubuntu didn't work, should I try others?

    Thanks for the help! I will try and install Ubuntu again later

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