View Full Version : [ubuntu] installation problems

February 10th, 2009, 11:27 PM
I've tried to install both the 64 bit version of ubuntu and kubuntu on my new 64 bit system. when i boot up and choose install or live, I only get a white screen. after about hour i rebooted back into vista64

next i tried to install ubuntu from within windows using the "windows install feature". when I reboot and choose ubuntu on the bootup menu i somehow end up in a crippled terminal called something like DOS4.

lastly i cant use the remove program for ubuntu in vista, it simply fails to launch.

my system specs are:
Intel Corei7 920
Asus P6T Deluxe x58
6gb ram

do any of you have any ideas or am i stuck in a world of windows?

February 11th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Do you know the identity of your graphics card? If so, post that so someone can give you some assistance.

February 11th, 2009, 08:07 PM
the graphics card is a Asus AMD HD4870

February 11th, 2009, 08:25 PM
IIRC, that is a type of ATI card. It sounds like you are being dropped to a command line. I need to do some looking around, as I don't have that particular card myself.

February 11th, 2009, 08:42 PM
What I suggest is to download the alternate cd iso from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate so you can install without the conflict with the graphics card. When the system restarts after installation, it will (hopefully) start up in low graphics mode which will get you to the desktop, where you can then install the restricted driver for your card.

Alternatively, as you already have the Live CD, you can select "Install in low graphics mode" (or words to that effect), accessed by F6, I think, from the main installation menu. The object here is to get around the issue with the graphics card by using an open-source generic video driver. Then, again hopefully, you can get to the desktop and get an appropriate driver installed for the card.

There are threads, which in my hurried scan of things, discussing how to disable desktop effects from the command line, which could also get you along further.

My first recommendation is to use the alternate cd for installation, however. Good luck.

February 11th, 2009, 08:48 PM
One last thing: to uninstall Ubuntu from Vista, see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#How%20do%20I%20uninstall%20Wubi? for some information.

February 11th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Thank you avtolle

I'll give the alternate CD a spin