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russb
May 18th, 2009, 07:51 AM
I had very good luck this weekend when I installed xubuntu on an ancient Dell Inspiron 3500 laptop. (After experimenting with D___ Small Linux, Puppy, and xubunto 8.04 and 9.04, I settled on 8.10).

Since I was on a roll, I attempted to install xubuntu 8.10 on a homebrew 1100 MHz AMD Athlon desktop PC with an AMI BIOS dated 2000. The motherboard contains no silk-screen or etched markings that would indicate manufacturer or model number. A utility program claims that it's an Elitegroup motherboard. This PC until recently ran Windows XP.

The install and live startup process halted after a couple minutes, while displaying the xubunti splash screen. Both xubuntu 8.04 and 9.04 halted similarly.

Does this problem sound familiar? Should I be thinking in terms of BIOS update, or video card problems, or something else, please?

Thanks.
http://russbellew.com

Brian88
May 18th, 2009, 08:41 AM
I had very good luck this weekend when I installed xubuntu on an ancient Dell Inspiron 3500 laptop. (After experimenting with D___ Small Linux, Puppy, and xubunto 8.04 and 9.04, I settled on 8.10).

Since I was on a roll, I attempted to install xubuntu 8.10 on a homebrew 1100 MHz AMD Athlon desktop PC with an AMI BIOS dated 2000. The motherboard contains no silk-screen or etched markings that would indicate manufacturer or model number. A utility program claims that it's an Elitegroup motherboard. This PC until recently ran Windows XP.

The install and live startup process halted after a couple minutes, while displaying the xubunti splash screen. Both xubuntu 8.04 and 9.04 halted similarly.

Does this problem sound familiar? Should I be thinking in terms of BIOS update, or video card problems, or something else, please?

Thanks.
http://russbellew.com

You could install the minimal Ubuntu by downloading this image :

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD
and then you could burn it into CD. For your AMD, just choose the 32-bit version.

After you finished installing the minimal Ubuntu, install the X server and GUI (XFCE) using the apt-get.

russb
May 20th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks. I'll give this a try.

Does xubuntu / ubuntu have trouble with AMD Athlon CPUs?

Regards,
Russ
http://russbellew.com