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gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 08:34 PM
I'm trying to shuffle through distros and find the one best for me, yet Ubuntu is the only one that seems to install on my laptop. The other CD's always have an error! I have no idea why. OpenSUSE wouldn't install, Mandriva had many errors, Arch was way too expertish, and now I'm trying to install Fedora on my laptop but it has an error on has disc, and once it installs it says error 15 on the GRUB menu.

These are my computer specs:
Features/Specifications:

* Acer Aspire AS5315-2153 Celeron M 1.73 GHz 15.4-inch Widescreen Notebook

* General Features:
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic pre-installed w/COA
* Intel Celeron M Processor 530
* 1.73 GHz CPU Speed
* 1 GB DDR2 RAM (2 GB maximum)
* 80 GB hard drive
* CD-RW/DVD drive
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* Integrated audio with built-in speakers
* 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
* 56K ITU V.92 modem
* 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
* 15.4-inch WXGA Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD display w/1280 x 800 pixel resolution
* Keyboard with touchpad

Okay, I want a simple, easy to use distro that just works, and needs to be very stable. I don't want one too heavy, I prefer GNOME, but thats not a necessary.. It needs to be pretty fast! I just want an all around great distro. I haven't tried Debian. Any thoughts?

Kingsley
March 2nd, 2009, 08:37 PM
Go back to Fedora, and fix the Error 15 isssue.

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 08:43 PM
Go back to Fedora, and fix the Error 15 isssue.

I don't know how! :[
I'm a little new to Linux.
Should I not be puttin i686 on the CD?

HermanAB
March 2nd, 2009, 08:46 PM
Always verify that the discs are good before trying to install.

$ md5sum /dev/cdrom

If the checksum fails, burn the new image at a slower rate.

Cheers,

Herman

mips
March 2nd, 2009, 08:50 PM
I'm a little new to Linux.


Linux Mint

Twitch6000
March 2nd, 2009, 08:52 PM
Well if you don't mind waiting... PClinuxOS2009 is almost Final and that is about as easy as it gets.

If you want something that uses .deb files though Linux Mint 6 is a great easy distro.

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 08:53 PM
Linux Mint

Tried, wouldn't install right either :(

Simian Man
March 2nd, 2009, 08:58 PM
I'm trying to install Fedora on my laptop but it has an error on has disc, and once it installs it says error 15 on the GRUB menu.


If the disc has an error on it, why did you go through with the install? The Fedora installer runs a media check, if that failed then you should try reburning it.

I'd focus on getting one to work rather than trying a whole slew of them. It could really be all the same problem, so once you figure it out, you'd have a lot of options.

mulligan.can
March 2nd, 2009, 08:58 PM
I don't know how! :[
I'm a little new to Linux.
Should I not be puttin i686 on the CD?
Stick with ubuntu. Best for newbies imo. Also the repo's are huge and contain pretty much everything you could want.

Oh and ubuntu IS debian based so in a sense you have tried Debian.

Fedora takes a LOT more setting up/fooling around than ubuntu.

Simian Man
March 2nd, 2009, 09:00 PM
Stick with ubuntu. Best for newbies imo. Also the repo's are huge and contain pretty much everything you could want.

Oh and ubuntu IS debian based so in a sense you have tried Debian.

Fedora takes a LOT more setting up/fooling around than ubuntu.

There is nothing wrong with experimenting. I don't find that Fedora requires much more setup than Ubuntu. Just add RPM Fusion, and you are good to go.

Vince4Amy
March 2nd, 2009, 09:02 PM
Fedora takes a LOT more setting up/fooling around than ubuntu.

No it doesn't, there's also less bloat to remove!

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 09:11 PM
Burned Fedora on new CD. Fail! :(

Simian Man
March 2nd, 2009, 09:19 PM
Burned Fedora on new CD. Fail! :(

Did you verify the ISO before burning? To do so, run sha1sum on the iso file. Then check that it matches the value in the SHA1SUM file distributed with the iso.

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 09:20 PM
Did you verify the ISO before burning? To do so, run sha1sum on the iso file. Then check that it matches the value in the SHA1SUM file distributed with the iso.

What do I run it with? I'm using Windows XP at the moment.

Simian Man
March 2nd, 2009, 09:23 PM
What do I run it with? I'm using Windows XP at the moment.

Here you go (ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/binary/sha1sum.exe). Did you download the iso from bit torrent or from http/ftp? Because I believe that torrent programs will do their own checksums as they download. Still wouldn't hurt to run sha1sum though.

inobe
March 2nd, 2009, 09:30 PM
simian' your avatar is hilarious lols


i would burn the iso with imgburn, it will verify the data on the fly

ArtF10
March 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM
I'm trying to shuffle through distros and find the one best for me, yet Ubuntu is the only one that seems to install on my laptop. The other CD's always have an error! I have no idea why. OpenSUSE wouldn't install, Mandriva had many errors, Arch was way too expertish, and now I'm trying to install Fedora on my laptop but it has an error on has disc, and once it installs it says error 15 on the GRUB menu.

These are my computer specs:
Features/Specifications:

* Acer Aspire AS5315-2153 Celeron M 1.73 GHz 15.4-inch Widescreen Notebook

* General Features:
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic pre-installed w/COA
* Intel Celeron M Processor 530
* 1.73 GHz CPU Speed
* 1 GB DDR2 RAM (2 GB maximum)
* 80 GB hard drive
* CD-RW/DVD drive
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* Integrated audio with built-in speakers
* 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
* 56K ITU V.92 modem
* 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
* 15.4-inch WXGA Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD display w/1280 x 800 pixel resolution
* Keyboard with touchpad

Okay, I want a simple, easy to use distro that just works, and needs to be very stable. I don't want one too heavy, I prefer GNOME, but thats not a necessary.. It needs to be pretty fast! I just want an all around great distro. I haven't tried Debian. Any thoughts?

Depending on your finances, you *may* want to upgrade to 2 GB RAM.

Start out with Ubuntu(Standard Gnome) and then learn how to do an Ubuntu minimal install(XFCE/Gnome on Ubuntu minimal).

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM
Here you go (ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/binary/sha1sum.exe). Did you download the iso from bit torrent or from http/ftp? Because I believe that torrent programs will do their own checksums as they download. Still wouldn't hurt to run sha1sum though.

Downloaded through torrent. The sums seem to be fine.

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
I bought some new CD-R's and am now buring the Fedora image to a CD using Imgburn.

gn2
March 2nd, 2009, 10:05 PM
Ubuntu 8.04 would be my suggestion.

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 10:26 PM
I think I will go back with Ubuntu 8.04. it ran faster than 8.10 does. :]

ArtF10
March 2nd, 2009, 10:42 PM
I bought some new CD-R's and am now buring the Fedora image to a CD using Imgburn.


I think I will go back with Ubuntu 8.04. it ran faster than 8.10 does. :]

Are you dual booting? If NOT, can we assume that Ubuntu > Fedora, which is why you ditched Fedora?

gymophett
March 2nd, 2009, 10:44 PM
Are you dual booting? If NOT, can we assume that Ubuntu > Fedora, which is why you ditched Fedora?

Hmm. I don't know :P
I haven't even tried Fedora to know yet, its just that 8.10 was a bit buggy. =/
I am not dual booting, I'm kind of just screwing around right now. :P

gnomeuser
March 2nd, 2009, 11:05 PM
A friend of mine uses Fedora on a very similar Aspire One machine and seems very happy with it. If you experience problems please do go to bugzilla.redhat.com and file a bug so we might know you have problems - then we can fix it and help you have a pleasant computing experience.

gymophett
March 3rd, 2009, 05:38 AM
Pfft. Why did I even try to leave Ubuntu. It's amazing, I think the 8.10 image I burned last time was corrupted, because its running flawlessly now!

mulligan.can
March 3rd, 2009, 07:36 AM
No it doesn't, there's also less bloat to remove!
True? Its been a few years since I used it. Fedora used to be MASSIVE and a royal pain to set up.

gnomeuser
March 3rd, 2009, 09:32 AM
True? Its been a few years since I used it. Fedora used to be MASSIVE and a royal pain to set up.

It is very nice, unlike in Ubuntu I can cleanly remove all of firefox and openoffice without losing my translations (it's apparently a feature not a bug).

Aside that, Fedora is much like any other modern distro, it just works. For legal reasons one has to go to rpmfusion.org and follow the instructions for codec support though.

RichardLinx
March 3rd, 2009, 09:40 AM
It is very nice, unlike in Ubuntu I can cleanly remove all of firefox and openoffice without losing my translations (it's apparently a feature not a bug).

Aside that, Fedora is much like any other modern distro, it just works. For legal reasons one has to go to rpmfusion.org and follow the instructions for codec support though.

Looking forward to Fedora 11. I hear there are a lot of new developments being made there. I downloaded Fedora 10 through a torrent and mistakenly chose the x64 version.

Orlsend
March 3rd, 2009, 10:35 AM
Ubuntu 8.04 would be my suggestion.

I would recomend that too.

Have tried WUBI? Its a windows installer that installs Ubuntu Inside Of Windows, Ive used Wubi for 1 year, because my computer its messed up badly (CD drive is defective and many other things)
With Wubi you cant go wrong because to get rid of its just like uninstalling a game on windows. No partitions :D and you get the same exact experience.

You just need that ISO of Ubuntu (All versions are supported) I would recomend 8.04 or 8.10 and the wubi.exe file (its 1 MB) and you are ready to go!

inobe
March 3rd, 2009, 01:53 PM
wubi+1

i have worked on computers that would only boot a win-dos os.....

for the life of me' know matter what i tried' it was a meaningless effort !

for whatever reason that being the case' wubi will stick ubuntu in within minutes.

of course certain hardware setups should be considered prior to that, if it's a software raid or even via igp chipsets will either give you the grub 21 or a 2d desktop.

please' folks that read this' do your homework first and always have a cheap nvidia agp or pci-e card laying around .

rosencrantz
March 3rd, 2009, 02:26 PM
Maybe this is a stupid question, but which of the distros you tried out install from CD and which from DVD? Possibly your system just can't install from DVD and you might be more lucky with an Ubuntu-style installable live-CD (I know there is one for openSuSE at least, don't know about other distros).

Good luck

rosencrantz

gnomeuser
March 3rd, 2009, 03:02 PM
Looking forward to Fedora 11. I hear there are a lot of new developments being made there. I downloaded Fedora 10 through a torrent and mistakenly chose the x64 version.

The Beta for F11 is coming out soon, there will be LiveCDs so you can get an early glimpse.

Here's a list of the feautures:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/11/FeatureList

These are potential features which has not been reviewed by our technical commitee yet.
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:FeatureReadyForFesco
(of which I own one, yay)