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    Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    I'm wondering if anyone here has tried/completed an installation of Ubuntu 12.04LTS on a Dell Inspiron 8600? I tried to DL from a live cd and everytime, the laptop becomes unresponsive about 5 minutes into installation. I wake the screen, which takes a solid minute to do so, and then I have to very quickly, select the dl icon on the desktop. At this point, the circle appears, as if it has started the action, then I get horizontal lines across the top of the screen and nothing happens, except that the desktop disappears. This isn't my primary computer, my desktop is, but I need this laptop to work for my other projects. It still has Windows XP, because I haven't even made it to the step to do a clean install of Ubuntu. Also, I know my video card and all other hardware is working correctly, because I can still use XP with no problems. If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Isn't that a 2003 laptop? And: how much RAM?

    I would start by using Lubuntu 12.04, not Ubuntu.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Yes it's an old laptoo but I'm too cheap to buy a new one, especially if it's not broken. It has 2 G of ram. Thanks for th3 suggestion. I think I'll give Lubuntu a try!

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by novice_penguin View Post
    Yes it's an old laptoo but I'm too cheap to buy a new one, especially if it's not broken. It has 2 G of ram.
    Indeed: nothing wrong with older hardware. That is, as long as you run the "fitting" software on it. Lubuntu is great for low/lower spec CPU's.

    The 2GB RAM is great.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    See also this post comparing different versions and flavours

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...6#post12769646

    Furthermore, what graphics chip is there? Someone with the same or similar chip/card may be able to give advice.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Have a try with the OBI, and do the only right thing with that old computer, use the whole disk for a suitable version and flavour of Ubuntu

    There is a new alternative to install Ubuntu based operating systems into computers of various age and kind, the One Button Installer, the 'OBI'.

    The OBI is designed to be easy to use and have a very small foot-print and uses only standard programs and shell-scripts in text mode. Installed systems with non-PAE kernels or fake-PAE are portable between many computers, and they are stored in compressed tar archive files, tarballs.

    Code:
    GnomeClassic1204-oem.tar.gz
    GnomeClassic1204.tar.gz
    lubuntu-10.04.tar.gz    # good for old systems but past end of life of desktop packages
    Lubuntu_13.04sept1.tar.gz
    lxle-2013-08-19.tar.gz
    OneButtonInstaller_blank-noswap.tar.gz
    saucyalfa2.tar.gz
    saucybeta1.tar.gz       # new 
    ubuntu-10.04.tar.gz     # good for old systems but past end of life of desktop packages
    The OBI helps you make such a tarball of your own system and use it as a backup or to port the system to another computer.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    When you have something Buntu installed please run

    Code:
    sudo lshw -sanitize > lshw.txt
    and post lshw.txt in CODE tags. It will allow us to (maybe) give an even better suggestion.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Thanks for all of your help. Unfortunately, the problem persists, except now, I don't even have my previous XP, which was working fine. I thought I had the problem solved by installing Ubuntu 11, from an old CD that I have, and the prompts were going full speed ahead, it even allowed me to boot over XP. Now, I have no functional OS and I'm about to just give up. I have tried Lubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and Ubuntu 11 something. Also, the disk isn't being read when the computer is restarted. I have to manually boot from the CD if I want to try to install a different OS. Ubuntu 11 worked, except when I log in and go to the desktop, the lines that I previously saw on my screen return, but only once I log-in. The log-in screen looks flawless. Should I just give up or is there a fix?

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    @Sudodus: The graphics chip is AGP 4x - ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 - 32.0 MB DDR SDRAM. I also made a mistake about the RAM, it's only 512MB. I thought I bought the max 2G RAM for my wife a while back (it was her laptop). So, I know Ubuntu probably won't work, but I thought Lubuntu would surely work......

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by novice_penguin View Post
    Also, the disk isn't being read when the computer is restarted.
    This should work regardless of operative system. Have you changed settings in BIOS?

    Which BIOS version are you using, by the way?
    Last edited by mrgs; September 10th, 2013 at 01:12 AM.
    About problems due to upgrading
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    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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