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Thread: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available?

  1. #11
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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    I don't have any USB sticks, they are too tiny and we loose them easily....

    Is it possible to split the iso onto two cds?
    What are the flavors? I just use regular ol' ubuntu and prefer to just stick with that...
    I'll check out the other links, though.

    It's 4-6yrs old, not 100% sure...
    Is there a way to get the pc to tell me what is on here like WIndows is able to do?
    I can only list what is visible on my laptop's case...lol. intel centrino duo, gatewaycx210x. I went with upgraded options when buying the laptop, no idea how to find out what it is now, as I've forgotten...


    Downloading Lubuntu.

  2. #12
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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    OK, found something....Just copying and pasting...
    Don't know if it helps any
    Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub
    Gateway 2000
    Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller


    2 GB ram, 1.86 GHZ, 500GB harddrive

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Also, this is a touchscreen convertible tablet with a pen. Is it possible to get these things working again in linux??


    Thanks all!

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Lubuntu is the most light-weight flavour in the Ubuntu family. Xubuntu is medium light. Standard Ubuntu with Unity and Kubuntu are heavy but they have a lot of eye-candy.

    Make the download of Lubuntu complete! It will be a good choice even if you can probably run a heavier desktop environment in a 4-6 year old computer. And if you wish, you can install xubuntu-desktop into the installed Lubuntu and select desktop environment at the login screen.

    Check the md5sum before burning the CD.

    Do not start by installing. Instead try Lubuntu (run a live session booted from the CD) to find out how it works, and what you may need to do in order to get a good graphical desktop. This depends very much on your graphics chip. The wifi chip might also cause problems, and it is a great advantage to use a wired connection to the internet during the installation to be able to update the system.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    So I restarted and tried to start it to try it out and the screen goes black with an underscore blinking at the top left corner. Nothing else happens...

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    I think it is problems with the driver for your graphics chip. It could be something else too, I have too little information to know.

    - Are you talking about the situation, when you boot from the CD? Or after installation?

    - Do you get anything at all on the screen before it goes black? Any text or weird pattern?

    If you get a menu (the syslinux menu or the grub menu), you can enter a boot option. There are several, start trying with nomodeset. See this link

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    I put the cd in and a screen comes up with a list, try it out, test cd for issues, install. I click to try it out first and it goes black and the underscore shows up. That's all. Nothing weird flashes or anything.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    secuono; Hi !

    Just as an educated guess .. let's say the needed graphic's driver is not available at this time.
    Let's try and load a lower level driver.
    Try this and advise results:

    Boot the liveCD;
    At the purple splash screen (stick figure keyboard emblems at bottom of screen) -> hit any key ->
    Language screen -> escape key to accept the default ->
    Booting options screen -> f6 key (other options) -> arrow down to the preset option(s), in this instance try "nomodeset" -space or enter to accept and then the escape key to exit.
    Enter key to continue the boot process to the GUI desk top;

    Do you now boot to the desk top ? ,,,degraded graphics is OK at this point, can be fixed later.

    just try'n to help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Never seen a purple screen.
    When I restart, it shows a list of languages with English already highlighted, I just click enter and it continues.
    Don't think I've ever seen any stick figure keyboard emblems.
    But I'll try pressing F6 when it gets to the choices list.

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    Re: Need to upgrade but it keeps failing, free/cheap disk of newest version available

    Alright, that worked. It's very blue, nothing too fancy or weird. Graphics didn't look to of been affected.
    I couldn't figure out how to get it to do wireless internet. What I have now found it on it's own and I just put in the right info. There was no wireless choice, just weird cellphone provider, ethernet and the such.
    SO!
    How do I get the internet to work and how do I get the installation to go smoothly, now that I know it has to be in nomodeset??


    thanks!!

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