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    Now What Do I Do?

    I salvaged an old laptop (Sony Vaio XP 64MB) from the bin and I thought I would try and configure it as Linux on it to see what it's all about (born and bred on Wdws). So downloaded the file (ubuntu-8.04-desktop-i386.iso), burnt to CD and fired it up. Had a problem booting from the CD but somehow managed in the end. Now I've seem to have ended up with a dual boot (although I am sure I didn't select that option) and on selecting Ubuntu I just get a shell screen with prompt (initramfs). As I am not familiar with the various shell commands available could someone please advise how I just fire up the desktop.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Now What Do I Do?

    First off, what are the specifications of your PC?
    Think carefully before executing commands containing "rm", especially "sudo rm -rf ", if you require more information concerning this matter, read this.
    I am an experimenter, give me the most stable OS and I can make it unstable in a few hours.

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    Re: Now What Do I Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fhithich View Post
    I salvaged an old laptop (Sony Vaio XP 64MB) from

    selecting Ubuntu I just get a shell screen with prompt (initramfs). As I am
    The initramfs prompt is _not_ a shell prompt. Something's wrong, most likely ubuntu is not installed, or you have forgotten to remove the CD after installation.

    Ubuntu will _not_ install with only 64Mb of RAM. You'd be better off trying DSL (Damn Small Linux) or Puppy Linux.
    Cheers,PRShah
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    Re: Now What Do I Do?

    Quote Originally Posted by prshah View Post
    Ubuntu will _not_ install with only 64Mb of RAM.
    Ok thanks. I'll abandoned it then and have a go with the ones you suggested.

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