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    Nothing But Background

    I wrote the ISO for Ubuntu 12.04 onto a brand new USB stick and I decided to completely wipe out my old, faulty Ubuntu 10.10 and do a clean install. But, just like every other effort to install Ubuntu, all I ever get after I log in is nothing but the background. This happened with both 10.10 and 12.04. I am using a Dell Inspiron 1526 that is about five years old. I would love to use Ubuntu, but this is very disheartening that I can't seem to successfully install it. What could possibly be wrong?

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    Re: Nothing But Background

    Can you not put 12.04 on to a CD/DVD
    to boot from?

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    Re: Nothing But Background

    I have already tried that. My disks are 4 MB too small to hold the ISO and it won't burn to a DVD-R with 4.2 GB on it.

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    Re: Nothing But Background

    DVD's can burn that many gigs.
    Do you have the proper BIOS installed
    on the machine you are working on?

    This could be a problem of the disks being
    burned incorrectly or the disk
    itself being incompatible
    with the machine.

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    Re: Nothing But Background

    Also
    Have you had any progress with your current problem
    since my last post? If so please post it as to
    help others who may come across this.

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    Re: Nothing But Background

    So from what I understand, you burned the Ubuntu image onto a USB stick, thus, creating a LiveUSB. When you boot into the LiveUSB, the only thing you get is the background and nothing else? No Unity interface?
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    Re: Nothing But Background

    Quote Originally Posted by ahalstead View Post
    I have already tried that. My disks are 4 MB too small to hold the ISO and it won't burn to a DVD-R with 4.2 GB on it.
    Something is wrong here 12.04 should hold comfortable on a CD 700MB.

    and you would have to pickup a dvd image here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...tive-downloads

    because the regular cd image cannot put on dvd.

    Then you have to be careful of the usb stick you use,I think there is some problem with the scandisk types

    try this if you have being still using the win doze

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...ick-on-windows

    or from another ubuntu machine

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...tick-on-ubuntu


    and this is what I use

    http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
    Last edited by ijumpship; August 3rd, 2012 at 05:53 AM. Reason: references

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