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    installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    Ok guys so the specs are
    2 gig ram
    3.2 GBPs Pentium 4
    120 gb HDD





    So here`s what happened


    It started to boot, I know this from sounds.
    5 minutes later I got this screen





    Then it sits on this screen for a good 3 minutes.


    I then get an error
    Code:
    [     93.580828]  Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempting to kill init! exit code=0x00000100
    [     93.580828]
    [     93.580828]  Pid: 1, comm: run-init Not tainted 3.5.0-23-generic #35~precise1-Ubuntu
    [     93.580828]    Call Trace:
    [     93.580828]    [<c15cd72b>] panic+0x81/0x89
    [     93.580828]    [<c104a0ac>] find_new_reaper+0xfc/0x100
    [     93.580828]    [<c104b474>] forget_original_parent+0x34/0x170
    [     93.580828]    [<c10fcd30>] ? perf_cgroup_switching=0x180/0x180
    [     93.580828]    [<c104b5c3>] exit_notify+0x13/0x100
    [     93.580828]    [<c104bd63>] do_exit+0x1b3/0x3f0
    [     93.580828]    [<c137dfc0>] ? tty_write+0x220/0x220
    [     93.580828]    [<c104c0b8>] sys_exit+0x18/0x20
    [     93.580828]    [<c15e2da4>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
    [     93.580828]  panic occurred, switching back to text console

    Any one got any ideas, also I cant type commands.


    Thanks in advance,
    Mikebail

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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    I assume this is 12.10, so will be using the PAE kernel, and as far as I'm aware, a P4 is OK running a PAE kernel, so the next question is
    what graphic card?
    and did you check the md5sum of the .iso file you burned to CD/DVD or USB against those listed at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes?
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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    I believe it`s 12.04.

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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    its an amd thats all I know lol OLD computer XD

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    Re: installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    The kernel 3.5.0-23 indicates 12.04.2

    If we are dealing with old stuff you should consider L/Xubuntu 12.10 in stead of Ubuntu.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
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    Re: installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    ok il give that a try

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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebail View Post
    its an amd thats all I know lol OLD computer XD
    I'm confused, you say it's pentum 4 in the beginning then say its AMD if its a P4 then it can't run the AMDX64 version of Ubuntu, you will have to download the X86INTEL version, but if it IS an AMD chip then why did you say it was INTEL in the beginning?

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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    Questions:
    - What model number XPS?
    - What Arch 12.04 iso are you trying to run? (i386 or amd_64)
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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Zestypanda View Post
    I'm confused, you say it's pentum 4 in the beginning then say its AMD if its a P4 then it can't run the AMDX64 version of Ubuntu, you will have to download the X86INTEL version, but if it IS an AMD chip then why did you say it was INTEL in the beginning?
    Early XPS'es had Pentium P4's and came with ATI Radeon Graphics. Some early boards, even though the P4 was 64bit, but some of the early memory controllers on those early boards, addressing memory... So finding out which model of XPS would be helpful.

    EDIT--
    If it were me, on any Ubuntu flavored distro with that error...
    First, test the ISO for errors and that it was burnt correctly ("Test Disk"). Then test memory.

    Then reboot and... > At the first panel with the keyboard/person icon. hit <Esc> > hit F6 at the advanced install menu > hit <Esc>... Edit the boot line to remove/replace the text "quiet splash vt.handoff=7" with "--verbose single". Hit <F10> to boot... and see if it will boot the kernel itself.

    Those options should turn on verbose kernel boot messaging, display them to the screen and boot to a tty single user console. If it does get to that point, then it's further on in higher layers. In it doesn't get to that point and gets kernel-panic, then you need to try a different kernel arch or flavor. Your options for that are the amd_64 ISO, the i386 ISO... or the non-pae net-install ISO.
    Last edited by MAFoElffen; April 11th, 2013 at 10:07 PM.
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    Re: Need help installing on a newly rebuilt Dell XPS

    ok i did a test and there was errors in 14 files... what do I do now? oh and its a dell - dimension XPS Gen 2 Series

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