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    Install won't complete

    I'm trying to install Lubuntu 13.10 on my old PC. I've repartioned and formated the hard drive and scanned it with the utility on the Lubuntu CD, it says no errors.

    The install crashes with the following error:

    * Starting Mount network filesystems

    * Stopping Mount network filesystems

    704.171817] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode=0x00000007
    [ 704.171817]
    [ 704.171860] drm_kms_helper: panic occurred, switching back to text console
    It hangs like this indefintely. Prior to beginning this install for the first time yesterday, the machine was running Windows XP without incident. I ran it last night and this morning on the Live CD without incident, including copying 12GB of files over the network to another machine.

    Any tips would be appreciated.

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    Re: Install won't complete

    What are the specs of the PC? Have you checked the disk for defects with the checksum? At what point does it hang in the install? Do you get to the option 'Try Ubuntu' prior to this?
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; November 23rd, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

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    Re: Install won't complete

    Specs:
    Asus Aspire AST180
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ CPU
    1GB RAM
    160GB HDD

    I ran the 'Check disc for defects' from the live CD as well as the SMART utility when booted into Lubuntu - both say no errors.

    I was not watching the screen when it scrashed to terminal, but it was far enough along for a second install attempt to believe that Ubuntu is already installed, but not far enough to be able to boot to the hard drive.

    I did get and successfully use the 'Try Ubuntu' option prior to attempting the install and again now.

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    Re: Install won't complete

    jord1981; Hi !

    I am running Lubuntu just fine on an older AMD Sempron chip ! .. You should have no problem with the Athlon chip.
    However, when I did that Lubuntu install I did have to NOT enable updates and 3rd party software (check boxes at the initial install screen).
    After the install one can do the updates and install any needed additional software ( also then might have to boot with the "nomodeset" option ).

    hope this helps
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Install won't complete

    Thanks for the tips Bashing. I did have those boxes checked on my previous install attempts. Trying again without. Will let you know how I make out.

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    Re: Install won't complete

    Go for the nomodset option also, as mentioned by Bashing-om, just in case.

    At the 'Try' 'Install' window when you boot from the CD, hit F6. From the pop-up list choose 'nomodset'. Proceed.

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    Re: Install won't complete

    Worked like a charm - thanks so much!

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    Re: Install won't complete

    jord1981; Great !

    Please mark this thread as solved - 1st post thread tools- as an aid to others seeking a solution and as well help keep the forum tidy.

    keep on keep'n on
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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