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    Unhappy Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to install

    Hey guys!
    I hope you'll be able to help me solve this problem.

    1) I had Ubuntu 12.10 installed on my PC, but after I did an upgrade through the PPA repository, I messed up a lot of stuff, and I decided to re-install Ubuntu.

    2) Live USB refused to boot.

    3) Then I used a Live CD of Ubuntu 12.10. Here's where the problems started. The installer crashed repeatedly, and could never complete the installation. Many a times, the Live CD did not boot, and a message came up saying- 'Fatal Error: reverted to Text Mode' (something of that sort).

    4) Same problem occurred with Live CD of Ubuntu 13.04 Beta 1.

    5) On using the desktop directly through the Live CD, multiple crashes occurred, and before I could even reach GParted, the Live CD crashed, and i was forced to reboot.

    I have gone through the same process many times- and I wonder what the problem is.

    I even used a external CD drive, and encountered the same problems again.

    My PC Config is:-

    Intel Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Intel 82945G Express Chipset
    160 GB Seagate Barracuda HDD
    3 GB RAM (By the way, my RAM was recently encountering problems- I fixed the issue just yesterday.)

    PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Note: Tried using a Fedora LiveCD to see if it works.

    It starts up fine, I can use the LiveCD, but when I start the installation, a black screen appears saying:-
    'Kernel Error- Terminating Anaconda' (Anaconda is the installer for Fedora).

    Perplexing....

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    pallath; Hi !

    I might be blowing smoke, but;
    1. Is UEFI enabled in bios ( new enough that UEFI is a factor ?)
    2. Are you changing the boot priority in bios, to boot the alternate as 1st priority ?
    3. Have you checked the md5sum of the install cd ?
    4. Did you verify the install's disk filesystem integrity ?

    So far as I know, if all the above is verified, should boot !

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Quote Originally Posted by pallath View Post
    3 GB RAM (By the way, my RAM was recently encountering problems- I fixed the issue just yesterday.)
    Can you run memtest86? I expect it to be in the boot menu of a live CD. And otherwise it is in the boot menu of Ubuntu installed on your harddisk.

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Hi sanderj!

    Well, I'm running Memtest86 on my PC now, and it seems to be throwing up quite a few errors.
    The test is still going on, I'll post a few pictures of the Memtest screen after a while.

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Hell! this is horrible! Memtest is just throwing up so many errors, my screen is scrolling through a list continuously!
    Error count is now around 50,000
    Edit: 120,000 errors.
    Edit: 250,000 errors

    Note: Failing Test 5 and Test 7
    Last edited by pallath; March 20th, 2013 at 06:42 AM.

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    OK, the errors are appearing first in Test #5, Pass 0 (~220 errors), and now in Test #7, Pass 0 (now around 550,000 errors)

    I'm gonna try to find out which module is faulty by sunning memtest using only one RAM module at a time (first the 1gb ram, and then the 2gb ram)

    Thanks for the instructions guys!
    Last edited by pallath; March 20th, 2013 at 06:59 AM.

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    sounds like to me it means Possibly a Bad Memory stick do 1 memory stick at time if you can

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Thanks alien0304!

    Here's what I did-

    1) I tried Memtest with the 1 GB Mem stick in Slot- 1
    Result: COMPLETE fail in Test #7

    2) I then tried Memtest with the same Mem-stick in Slot- 2
    Result: Complete fail in Test #7

    3) After that, I tried Memtest with the 2 GB Mem-stick in Slot-1
    Result: Same

    4) Now, I'm trying Memtest with the 2 GB Mem-stick in Slot-2
    Result: Yup, the same scrolling errors in Test #7

    Could it be the Motherboard that's gone, or something?

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    Re: Live CD- Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04 Beta, Live USB Ubuntu 12.10- all fail to inst

    Quote Originally Posted by pallath View Post
    Thanks alien0304!

    Here's what I did-

    1) I tried Memtest with the 1 GB Mem stick in Slot- 1
    Result: COMPLETE fail in Test #7

    2) I then tried Memtest with the same Mem-stick in Slot- 2
    Result: Complete fail in Test #7

    3) After that, I tried Memtest with the 2 GB Mem-stick in Slot-1
    Result: Same

    4) Now, I'm trying Memtest with the 2 GB Mem-stick in Slot-2
    Result: Yup, the same scrolling errors in Test #7

    Could it be the Motherboard that's gone, or something?
    Yes.
    Or: wrong BIOS settings (CAS?)
    Or: both memory modules defect

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