Let's start with the background.
I've had some older hardware laying around, and I decided to get an old Socket 939 mobo off ebay to put it together. It's an X2 4200 proc, Asus a8nvm mobo. However I can't seem to get the installer to run with 12.04 64 bit or 32 bit. Twice I got it to screen where it lets me choose to install or try and i chose try and then it the installer froze. Other than that, I never get to that screen. I just get the moving dots ubuntu boot up screen, and it eventually freezes after a couple of minutes. Other key points of information:
- I've checksummed the install discs, and tested for defects - no issues. I've used this same disc for other installs.
- Another issue as that I can't get the internal IDE CD drive to even boot off of the ubuntu discs. It did however boot off of an old Windows XP installation disc, and I was able to complete an install of XP (just testing the hardware). The BIOS is set to boot off CD drive first. And I've entered the BIOS boot menu and manually selected the internal CD drive.
- I have an external USB disc drive I've been trying to install from, and that's where I'm getting this behavior.
- I also have an bootable 12.04 usb flash drive that exhibits the same weird behavior when I try to use it (freezes before I get to the install screen)
Thinking there might be a problem with my internal CD drive (it's on the older side) But that doesn't explain the USB fails.
Things I will try next:
- Pick some of the different boot options (any recommendations?)
- Alternate 12.04 iso
- Install a different internal CD drive and try from there
- Try a different distro?
Anybody had this problem before or know how I should proceed? I have installed ubuntu dozens of times over the last 6 years, and never had this happen before. I really would like to know why this is happening. Any help is appreciated.