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May 8th, 2010, 10:49 AM
Hi everyone.
I've been trying to install Ubuntu a few times for a few months now.
When I boot from the Live CD and try to run the OS in live mode,
it freezes after a few minutes of loading.
I did that with two different releases, and checked the CDs for damages,
both by using the tool in the live CD and trying to run the OS on a different machine.
Apparently there are no damages.
I can only conclude that this is a hardware problem.
Here's a summary of my machine's hardware:

Computer Type ACPI Multiprocessor PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2800 MHz (14 x 200)
Motherboard Name Springdale
Motherboard Chipset Intel Morgan Hill i865GV
System Memory 1014 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
DIMM1: DDR400-1G 1 GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)
BIOS Type Phoenix (03/15/07)
Communication Port (COM1)
Communication Port ‏(LPT1)

Video Adapter HIGHTECH EXCALIBUR RADEON 9250 - Secondary (128 MB)
Video Adapter Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller (96 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9250 (RV280)
3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Monitor Proview 572 [15" LCD] (FGIJ420007397)

Audio Adapter Realtek ALC655 @ Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Storage Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
Disk Drive WDC WD1600AAJS-07PSA0 (149 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WDC WD20 00JB-00GVA0 USB Device (186 GB, USB)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:8x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:12x, CD:32x/16x/40x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8162B (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive NN1925D PTC614T SCSI CdRom Device

C: (NTFS) 76308 MB (38689 MB free)
E: (NTFS) 76308 MB (1966 MB free)
H: (NTFS) 186.3 GB (55.9 GB free)
Total Size 335.3 GB (95.6 GB free)

Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

DMI BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
DMI BIOS Version 6.00 PG
DMI Motherboard Product Springdale
DMI Chassis Type Desktop Case
DMI Total / Free Memory Sockets 4 / 3

Can you assist?
Thanks for your time.

May 8th, 2010, 11:02 AM
Not sure if you're having the same problem as me... did you try booting without the splash screen and look out for any errors?

When booting up the CD, go to the menu, and choose Install. But change the options such that you remove the "quiet splash" options at the end of the line.

May 8th, 2010, 11:12 AM
I have a similar setup and wasn't able to install ubuntu until I took out the graphics card and used the integrated graphics. If you try this and it works, you'll need to blacklist the integrated graphics even if they're turned off in bios before you put the graphics card back in. You can do this by adding the following statements to the blacklist.conf file in the directory /etc/modprobe.d :

#blacklist graphics
blacklist agp_gart
blacklist intel_agp

to open the file for editing you can simply paste the following into the terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

May 8th, 2010, 12:04 PM
Thank you both.
@cci[RR]us; I suppose you meant that I should change the command:
"file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --"
"file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz --".
When I did,
The last line displayed was "init: tty5 respawning too fast, stopped".
Does that help?

@AnonCat; I have never modified hardware, so I need a more detailed explanation.
Do I have to physically take out my graphics card? Can't I disable it using BIOS or anything the like? I'd really prefer that.
By saying integrated graphics, you mean... some graphical component that is a part of the motherboard?
I am really not sure about your next instructions, but since I'm not sure that disabling the graphics card would even work, I guess that they can wait until later.