View Full Version : [ubuntu] I can't get past memtest on a new install

August 2nd, 2010, 11:51 PM
I am new to LINUX. Im trying to install Ubuntu 8.10 on an old laptop., I get the Ubuntu loading bar, then it just runs memtest86+.
Im not sure what memtest is, so I let it run, but now it has ben runnin for days and doesnt seem to be doing anything.

Also if I try the option to "try ubuntu without installing", when it loads I get an orange and white screen with some unreadable text, and I cant move or see the mouse.

How can I get this running?

August 3rd, 2010, 12:06 AM
Possibly your insallation disk is corrupt. Where did you get it? Did you run a md5 checksum on the .iso?

August 3rd, 2010, 12:22 AM
I downloaded it from the Ubuntu site,
I ran the "Check CD for errors" option on the bot from the installation CD.
Do I need to check it a different way?

August 3rd, 2010, 12:29 AM
How about some specs on your laptop?

August 3rd, 2010, 12:43 AM
Is it possible you have a memory problem? You could burn a bootable memtest disk (http://www.memtest86.com/)to check the fact. Very samll iso.

August 3rd, 2010, 12:49 AM
It's an old laptop:
1500MHz CPU
128 MB RAM
And I think only about 450MB harddrive space, but not 100% sure

If it cant run Ubuntu, what free OS can I use on it? I mainly use it for Internet access.

August 3rd, 2010, 01:11 AM
128mb of ram is not much these days, but there are distros you can run.
Here (http://www.tuxradar.com/content/whats-best-lightweight-linux-distro) .