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lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 03:00 PM
I'm getting nowhere on installation. Got the latest version, burned it to a disk, rebooted and select install. Then I get the Ubuntu logo but after a while it breaks up or skews the logo, the disk no longer runs and nothing happens. I downloaded twice and burned two disks and keep getting this result.

Sef
April 21st, 2009, 03:02 PM
What happens if you use the Live CD? Does it work? Are there problems?

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 03:19 PM
LiveCD does the same thing. The "working bar" fragments around the screen and eventually freezes.

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 04:38 PM
also my hibernate option is gone in vista.

apparle
April 21st, 2009, 04:56 PM
Live CD should not do anything to the vista or any HDD.

What's the computer configuration.

When the progress bar fragments and freezes.....give it some time (a lot of time around 30min).After that maybe it should continue. Booting from live CD is a slow process.
If it doesn't work then try alternate CD

tamas305
April 21st, 2009, 05:10 PM
Is the blinking bar at the top left of the screen visible? If it is it may be just very slow and you would have to wait about ten minutes or so for it to finish. This is not, however, a normal thing and should only happen once.

-tamas

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 05:45 PM
ok, I'm going to try again. I'll give it a couple of hours.

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 06:40 PM
This is all I get, you can hear the disk running until it freezes after about 5 minutes and then nothing. Result is the same for Live CD and install.

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu.JPG

cariboo
April 21st, 2009, 06:45 PM
I would suggest starting in safe graphics mode, at the menu press F4 and select safe graphics mode from the menu then try to boot.

Jim

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 06:51 PM
Tried that. It ran for a long time, eventually it got to a command prompt, after a hour or so. I got confused. I believe that is when it took away my Vista hibernate option.

cubeist
April 21st, 2009, 07:18 PM
Tried that. It ran for a long time, eventually it got to a command prompt, after a hour or so. I got confused. I believe that is when it took away my Vista hibernate option.

100% impossible, live cd does not write to the hard drive... runs in ram.

Can you provide us with some specs of your hardware? Brand, processor, video card, ram, etc...

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 07:23 PM
that was an install in safe graphics mode. I should have been more clear.

Computer is a Gateway laptop
1.6 Ghz Pentium
1 gig RAM
unsure on the video card

cubeist
April 21st, 2009, 07:36 PM
Even in the install mode, if you have not reached the partitioner, then no files have been written, thus Vista should be completely untouched. Anyway, two ideas...

1.
Are you trying to install a 64-bit OS on a 32 Bit computer?

2.
Try these boot options:
noapic nolapic noapci nosmp noirqpoll

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 07:55 PM
ubuntu 8.10

here where I got in the latest attempt.

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu1.JPG

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu2.JPG

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu3.JPG

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 08:10 PM
In the latest LiveCD attempt, I tried some of these options. noapic nolapic noapci I believe. Didn't see the other two. I think I got farther than before. The progress bar actually filled up rather than just bouncing/disintegrating. Then the screen went blank and now the capslock light and some other suitcase light are flashing on the keyboard. I think it may have a bad fuel pump.

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 08:43 PM
More attempts:

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu4.JPG

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu5.JPG

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 09:14 PM
This flashes breiflyeach time I try to install. It seems I have some sort of BIOS problem. Does anyone know how to fix this.

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu6.JPG

cubeist
April 21st, 2009, 09:24 PM
thanks for posting that

this boot option should turn off that pnpbios


pnpbios=off

try this first, and then some of the other boot options as well, which help with older hardware.

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 09:37 PM
I typed line in the boot options, that same screen flashed before trying to run the live CD. I did manage to make it to a tan screen with a frozen mouse cursor. That feels like progress or at least the postponement of failure.

lactosedave
April 21st, 2009, 09:45 PM
holy Pete! I think it's working Cubeist! Let's explore this fella. I feel like I've just landed on the Martian surface.

lisati
April 21st, 2009, 09:54 PM
This is all I get, you can hear the disk running until it freezes after about 5 minutes and then nothing. Result is the same for Live CD and install.

http://lactoselactose.com/images/ubuntu.JPG

I've had similar "fragmentation" of the screen on one machine. I'd suspect that amongst other things, the CD is choosing the "wrong" graphics mode. On the machine I've had this effect on, the install process works, but when booting the freshly installed Ubuntu the monitor complains about "signal out of range" when the progress bar would normally be displayed. The workaround I've done for this machine is to disable the splash screen in grub's menu.lst file. There are other options as well, some of which will involve researching the proper graphics settings.

cubeist
April 21st, 2009, 09:55 PM
The very first time I installed ubuntu on a laptop (years and years ago) I had the same experience as you... there is always some combo of commands that will get things going, it just takes a lot of trial and error.