View Full Version : [ubuntu] 9.04 Installiation hangs on low-specs machine

September 1st, 2009, 07:29 PM
For the past several days I've been trying to install Ubuntu 9.04 on a rather old, low specs machine, to no avail. The standard installation disk hangs in various places, and the alternate disk hangs just after the "starting the disk partitioner" step. I can't produce the specs right now, but I do know that it has a Pentium 2 with 64Mb ram. I should be able to get the rest later, but any help available with the given information would be greatly appreicated.

September 1st, 2009, 08:29 PM
The published minimum memory for installing is 256MB, even for the alternate disk.

There are a lot of other Linux distros for really low-spec machines like puppy, dsl (damn small linux), etc, but I'm not sure what luck you'll have with those either.

Here's a pretty good list of distributions.


September 1st, 2009, 08:52 PM
So then the documentation lies I guess. Oh well, thanks for the help any way.

September 1st, 2009, 09:01 PM
I don't think the documentation lies exactly. The minimal install it refers to is a barebones installation that gives you a command line and not much else. You can then go on to install X from there, if your computer has enough ram. If that's what you're interested in, then try following the instructions here: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal

Are you using the right CD for this? You need the alternate CD for that kind of installation.

September 1st, 2009, 09:03 PM
A quick search revealed this too:


September 1st, 2009, 10:44 PM
A quick search revealed this too:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...wMemorySystems (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems)

I've actually tried this, and it hung just after starting partitioner, but I will try the other guide.