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February 14th, 2009, 03:31 AM
I am brand new to linux, but I'm so fed up with windows. I downloaded 8.10. I check the file to make sure it was good. I also checked the CD to make sure it was good. Everything checked out, but when I tried to boot Ubuntu off of the CD it loaded went to an orange screen for like 30 seconds then the screen went black and the only thing on it was my mouse. My computer is a Toshiba Satellite A85-S107 with 256MB RAM. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

February 14th, 2009, 03:49 AM
I don't think 256 is enough to boot from the Ubuntu LiveCD. Try Xubuntu instead. It's lighter on the requirements.

February 14th, 2009, 03:49 AM
You may not have enough RAM to run an Ubuntu LiveCD, unfortunately. If you want to use the LiveCD, you must get more RAM. If you don't want to get more RAM, you can install Ubuntu with the Alternate CD, which you can find here:


This will allow you to install Ubuntu using a text-based installer, which does not take much RAM to use. Ubuntu should run fine once installed. It just takes more memory to run the LiveCD, I think.

You should note that you have less than the recommended amount of RAM for Ubuntu(384MB), but you do have more than the minimum required(64MB). The full system requirements/recommendations are here:


You'll note on the bottom of that page, it mentions a version of Ubuntu for low-spec computers, which is called Xubuntu. You can decide if you'd like to try that instead:


You may still have to use the alternate CD for Xubuntu.

February 14th, 2009, 10:30 AM
You can install it via alternate cd but 256 mb ram is very low for gnome based distros.At least you should install xubuntu or you should sail to the lighter distros.