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    Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Unusual Problem. I cannot get ther Ubuntu 12.04 live cd to run on my Acern Aspire 3003 WLCi laptop. Mint 13 also fails. The live CD starts to load, but crashes with kernel panic. These same cds work fine on a Dell 600M laptop and several desktops. Puppy and other Linux based utilities load fine. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
    Thanks,

    My system:
    Acer Aspire 3003WLCi
    CPU - AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+
    MOBO - Acer Lucano M
    BIOS - Phoenix NoteBIOS 4.o
    Video - SiS M760GX 128 mb 1280x800
    LAN - SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet
    WIFI - Broadcom BCM43XX
    Audio - Realtek '97
    Pad - Synaptics PS/2 Toufhpad
    USB - SiS 7001 PCI to USB Host
    Optical - DVD / CDRW
    DDR RAM - 2GB


    On further investigation, the crash seems to be related to the wifi chip - BCM4306. I've found ways to blacklist the included B43driver, but only if I get something installed. Still stumped.
    Last edited by hookzilla; December 10th, 2013 at 06:51 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Dell 600M generally uses a Pentium-family CPU. Aspire uses an AMD Sempron.
    Those seem like different architectures to me.
    You need the version of Ubuntu appropriate for each architecture.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Could be a problem with the SiS graphics. Try this:

    When you get to the window after boot that says 'Try Ubuntu' 'Install Ubuntu' etc. hit F6 and choose 'nomodset'. Proceed. Any luck?

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    How much RAM is there on the machine? If I remember correctly this model came with less than 1gig memory...
    You should probably try LUBUNTU, or consider lubuntu alternative install or minimal...
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by ian-weisser View Post
    Dell 600M generally uses a Pentium-family CPU. Aspire uses an AMD Sempron.
    Those seem like different architectures to me.
    You need the version of Ubuntu appropriate for each architecture.
    No, whether the processor is AMD or Intel does not matter. The only thing to consider is 32/64 bit, and if that were the problem you would have seen an explicit message about this.

    As posted above the SIS graphics is likely the cause.
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    "nomodset" had no effect

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    machine has 2 gb ram

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    OK, I found a suggestion (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966655) and finally was able to add " b43.blacklist=yes " to the boot instructions. This allowed me to load the live cd. I haven't tried an actual install as yet.

    Thanks to all for the suggestions.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Glad problem is solved.

    Just this:

    hit F6 and choose 'nomodset'.
    nomodset had no effect

    This was a typo, it should have been: nomodeset

    I add this for the readers of this topic, to be sure, and sorry to Bucky Ball

    Topsiho

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD Crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by Topsiho View Post

    This was a typo, it should have been: nomodeset
    Nope, you had it right. It is 'nomodset'.

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