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    Angry Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Hello everyone,

    I searched the forums, looking for similar issues, but haven't found what I needed.

    So here's the background info:
    I bought my mum a new Lenovo G500 laptop that came with only FreeDos on it. I've been trying for 2 days now to install Ubuntu. I tried by burning ISO to a DVD, but it didn't work and I since I ran out of DVDs, I turned to a USB stick.

    I downloaded iso from Ubuntu official page ( I tried to download ISO via Unetbootin, too) and burned it to the usb using Unetbootin, but I was getting either 'isolinux.bin Invalid or missing' or 'Invalid or Corrupt Kernel Image' message for the first 5-6 times I tried. I tried different ISO-to-USB burners, different Ubuntu versions, different formatting options...

    I finally download ISO for 12.04 through Torrents and it worked, BUT after the installation, I got a message telling me it didn't manage to read/open apt package, something like that, because the package is not authentic.
    So I downloaded another one from Torrents, but it wasn't good as when I started the installation process, the graphics looked 'broken'. 2 times I got a black screen after the BIOS screen.

    I really don't understand it, why is Ubuntu so hard to install?! Even when the package files come from their own official website?

    If anyone can help me and spare me this misery, please advise!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Sounds like a bad 'burn' to me.
    Download the latest version of Ubuntu, which is 13.10, perferably via torrent. See HERE for torrent download.
    Then do a MD5Sum Check on the downloaded .iso to verify its integrity.
    Burn the verified ubuntu.iso to the USB.
    Install.

    ...the graphics looked 'broken'. 2 times I got a black screen after the BIOS screen
    What Graphics Card do you have on the laptop?
    You should use 'NOMODESET' option during boot to use 'failsafe graphics mode'. Later after installing Ubuntu successfully you have to boot Ubuntu again with 'nomodeset' and install appropriate 'graphic drivers'.
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Are you able to run a live boot?
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Hi,

    yes, but how is it possible to have 15 bad burns? Especially when the iso is downloaded from official page?

    I tried everything you mentioned, except for MD5SUM check, which I'm going to do now, and that's my last attempt, I'm too tired of download-wait-burn-install-fail routine.

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    Sounds like a bad 'burn' to me.
    Download the latest version of Ubuntu, which is 13.10, perferably via torrent. See HERE for torrent download.
    Then do a MD5Sum Check on the downloaded .iso to verify its integrity.
    Burn the verified ubuntu.iso to the USB.
    Install.


    What Graphics Card do you have on the laptop?
    You should use 'NOMODESET' option during boot to use 'failsafe graphics mode'. Later after installing Ubuntu successfully you have to boot Ubuntu again with 'nomodeset' and install appropriate 'graphic drivers'.
    Last edited by cappuccinoandchoco; January 2nd, 2014 at 03:49 PM.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Not sure what you mean by that, I made a bootable USB and burned the iso to it with the help of Unetbootin, I think that's it. When I get in BIOS, I choose boot from USB device and then after that it's either:
    a) Invalid Kernel image
    b) black screen after choosing to install Ubuntu
    c) it starts installing Ubuntu but then it gives me a message that there's a part it's not able to copy from CD, sth like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Are you able to run a live boot?

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Probably better to try installing the minimal ISO (using a USB stick).
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    That requires internet access during installation? Since the laptop is new, it doesn't have wifi driver installed, so I don't have internet access...

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Probably better to try installing the minimal ISO (using a USB stick).

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Quote Originally Posted by cappuccinoandchoco View Post
    That requires internet access during installation? Since the laptop is new, it doesn't have wifi driver installed, so I don't have internet access...
    Plug it into your router via cat5 cable.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    I just downloaded 3 new ISOs, via torrents. I checked MD5SUM for all of them and none of them match. Wasted data and time.

    Plugging in the cable doesn't work. I think I'm going to give up on Ubuntu for now. Maybe one day when the things get a lot more simple and straightforward, I will give it a chance again.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo G500 with preloaded FreeDos - so many problems!

    Quote Originally Posted by cappuccinoandchoco View Post
    Hi,

    yes, but how is it possible to have 15 bad burns? Especially when the iso is downloaded from official page?

    I tried everything you mentioned, except for MD5SUM check, which I'm going to do now, and that's my last attempt, I'm too tired of download-wait-burn-install-fail routine.
    All the errors you describe in your first post relate to either a bad download or a bad burn, except where you got a 'black screen'.
    It is not impossible to have 15 bad burns or downloads.

    Have you tried 'nomodeset' option?
    Do you have UEFI or 'legacy BIOS'?
    Is there a OEM pre-loaded SSD in the picture?
    Post the hardware specs of your laptop?
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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