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    aborted install rendered laptop useless

    alright - here's one for ya:

    i pulled my old toshiba satellite 2805 laptop out of storage to try to install ubuntu and play. it had winxp on it. i put the live cd in and tried to install. the install continually froze - every time i tried to install after a hard reset, i would get a bit further.

    finally i had all partitions deleted, a 10GB ext3 partition mounted as root and a 4GB swap partition set up and i was installing. the dialogue froze at something like "checking file system" or something like that - it was stuck at 15% complete. since i had been continually hard resetting and starting the install over again, that's what i tried to do. but this time, all the windows partitions had been deleted and i couldn't boot from the live cd.

    i got an error that said "insert system disk in drive. press any key when ready..." i tried to boot from the alternate cd - same thing. i checked in bios to make sure that cd was the first boot device - made no difference. i even tried the original system restore cd that came with the laptop about 10 years ago - same thing.

    i don't know what's going on here. i don't understand why i can't boot from anything. it's almost as if my cd-rom drive is dead, but it can't be - i was running the live cd from it all day.

    any ideas what may have happened or what i can do to fix it?

    thanks in advance for your help. i am in awe of the ubuntu community and the movement. i look forward to learning enough to help others someday.

    thanks.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    hmmm...
    this looks like a hard problem to solve...
    I can't think of anything.
    Call toshiba for help maybe? if you want to wait through all the customer service stuff ;]
    All i can think of right now is just keep trying
    What version of ubuntu are you trying to put on?

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    i'm trying to install 8.04. i am not getting anywhere with this thing. i think i'm gonna get my winxp install cd and try to boot off that. i'll keep you posted. thanks for the reply.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    anytime
    just keep me posted ill help as much as i can =]
    maybe if you can get XP back on there, you might be able to get somewhere with Linux. then you can take XP back off if u want. {im not exactly a Ubuntu expert, but ive collected knowledge from messing around with it/from the internet. ^.^}
    Last edited by Wazoot; July 21st, 2008 at 04:17 AM.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    that's what i was thinking. everything was clicking along when i had xp on there, maybe i'll get back to where i started and go forward from there.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    yeah
    do you have a diff computer you are using to post here?
    lol
    j/w =]
    but yeah hopefully you can get things working on your laptop, post back if you have anymore help with it!

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    My Toshiba laptop came with a recovery DVD - if all else fails, you could use one to restore your machine to an "out of the box" state. If you get stuck, feel free to ask questions.
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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    if this was in storage a long time the cmos battery is dead it lost the memory for the bios and went stoopit, need to set up bios and if it works then need new cmos battery.

    google u pc to find out how to get into bios on boot, set parameters and try it. if it works and you have to do it everytime you turn off the machine then get a cmos battery.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    ha
    i never thought of a dead cmos battery.

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    Re: aborted install rendered laptop useless

    thanks for replies.

    the recovery cd that came with the computer won't work. i get the same message every time.

    i have checked the bios. i don't doubt the battery could be going soon, but it's holding the settings for now. set cd as first boot option, but no go.

    are we in agreement that this isn't an ubuntu specific problem? i think this is a more basic computer setup issue at this time.

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