View Full Version : [ubuntu] Uh oh. Now what?

December 20th, 2009, 05:15 AM
I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 on an older Dell. It is wonderful. I then got in my head the idea to do the same with my iMac PPC with 600MHz processor and 512MHz Ram. After fiddling around for a couple of weeks, I finally got Ubuntu 8.04.01 to install. Now, instead of getting the lovely desktop and everything else I got on the Dell, I have text only asking for commands, which I know nothing about. I realize I screwed up, but how can I get myself the graphics and all else like on the Dell. I know my installation is older on the iMac and cannot expect exactly what is on the Dell, but I was surprised to find only test. What am I missing?

Thank you for your help.
As you can see, I am totally new to this....


Please excuse my total lack of knowledge about what I have been trying to do.

December 20th, 2009, 05:46 AM
did you do it like this


December 20th, 2009, 05:56 AM
I held down the C key as I booted the iMac, and then I followed the prompts that Ubuntu 8.04.01 put on the screen. It was not at all like the Ubuntu 9.10 install I did on the Dell, which had been running Windows Xp.

December 20th, 2009, 05:59 AM
this isnt the server edition is it?

December 20th, 2009, 11:29 AM
I believe it was.......

December 20th, 2009, 01:15 PM
It sounds like you have Karmic for the desktop on the Dell, and a server version of Hardy on the Mac. The server version is not meant for ordinary desktop use. But you can install a super lightweight desktop environment if you want. LXDE (http://lxde.org) works well on Hardy. Just be sure your 'puter is fully updated, then

sudo apt-get install LXDE

It'll give you a pretty, ultralight desktop reminiscent of Win98 to work with. Or for a more custom "Hardy Lite," check out U-Lite (http://u-lite.org) (Hardy with LXDE).


December 20th, 2009, 04:11 PM
if thats the case you will not have a desktop (GUI), server edition is text only. you can add the desktop to it with this command

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

and before you do that its a good idea to update

sudo apt-get update

December 20th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Do so:

apt-get update
apt-get install xorg-*
apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

December 20th, 2009, 04:35 PM
my bad

need to install xorg too. i do not use server edition so people that do can tell you of the other packages that are not installed and there are more...really better off just reinstalling a desktop edition in my opinion. and for your information kubuntu (once again in my opinion) is ubuntu with eye candy...

December 20th, 2009, 11:21 PM
I have ubuntu installed, but I forgot the x.org. Everything is incredibly slow. Stupid question: can I install x.org now, or do I have to go through the whole installation process of everything again? It took me ten minutes just to get through the password screen and hear the ubuntu fanfare.

December 20th, 2009, 11:43 PM
get to a terminal and install it

December 21st, 2009, 03:15 AM
mouse and usb ports unresponsive

December 21st, 2009, 04:47 AM
boot into recovery mode and try the fix broken packages option just to see if anything else is going on. you can also open a terminal and install xorg.