View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu and other linux distros won't work.

January 31st, 2009, 06:35 PM
Hello. I recently got rid of my dell laptop and now I am using a dell dimension e501 desktop machine. When I try to install ubuntu, or any other linux distro(i've tried gOS, fedora, opensuse), It just doesn't work right. When I tried to install ubuntu and gOS they both had totally messed up graphics once i got to the desktop. GOS just flickers and changes colors and it's so messed up and ubuntu pretty much does the same thing. Is my computer too old? Vista worked great on it.

January 31st, 2009, 06:43 PM
Memory? Graphics? You might need the Alternate CD and/or a lighter distro.

January 31st, 2009, 07:15 PM
I have 1024 mb of memory and ati radeon graphics

January 31st, 2009, 07:33 PM
Maybe you should try the Alternate CD. Make sure you have a bootable CD:
Make CD first in the boot order in BIOS
Clean the lens in your burner
Burn at 4x or less
You can download and install ImgBurn:
Once installed; go to Mode>ISO>Burn
Make 1x your speed to burn

January 31st, 2009, 11:39 PM
Ok I'm downloading the alternate cd and i have imgburn. But why do i need to do this? It says the alternate cd is for computers with very low memory but i have 1024 mb. I'll mention also that when i managed to install ubuntu once, it would'nt boot after the restart. It would just get stuck at "grub loading"

February 1st, 2009, 02:06 AM
Ok so I got it running but the graphics are still very messed up. I don't get it because it worked good on vista with no graphics problems at all. Is there anything i can do to fix this?

February 1st, 2009, 02:55 AM
What are the specs of your monitor? Are you using SLI?
See if you can boot a Knoppix Live CD:

February 1st, 2009, 06:26 PM
My monitor is a 22" hp w2207 and I use a vga cable.

February 1st, 2009, 06:31 PM
My monitor is a 22" hp w2207 and I use a vga cable.

Can you post the output of the following :

sudo lshw -C video
lsb_release -a
uname -a


February 1st, 2009, 06:40 PM
Do you want the entire thing or just the end of it?

February 1st, 2009, 06:49 PM
Do you want the entire thing or just the end of it?

After each command you would hit <enter>, and the complete output of that please.