View Full Version : Laptop powers off when trying to install lubuntu

August 16th, 2017, 11:56 PM
Every time I try to install both lubuntu 14.04 and 17.04 from a CD (with an iso file) the laptop turns off all by itself and restarts, pretty much at the same place every time.
I just bought the laptop (thinkpad t410) so I'm not sure if the computer is the problem. I have another thinkpad t410 which runs just fine.

I can run the computer fine from the CD (the "test lubuntu without installing" option). I even downloaded the iso file for lubuntu 17.04 on to the hard drive while in this mode. Possibly there's a way to install from that iso file?

Any ideas?

August 17th, 2017, 03:43 AM
You can install from the iso file on the hard drive IF you currently have a system with Grub2 installed. Explained with examples of how to do it at the link below. You don't indicate what OS you currently have installed, if any?


August 17th, 2017, 04:39 PM
I just purchased the refurbished laptop and it was sold "without operating system". When I first turned it on only the BIOS came up, so I don't know what that means.

Is there a way to install Grub2 on the laptop? Thanks.

August 19th, 2017, 07:28 PM
Update: Using the liveCD I did the "test memory" and it locks up almost immediately. Upon researching on the
internet it appears that the thinkpad t410 is only supposed to accomodate 8 GB of memory.

I had just purchased this thinkpad t410 (from PCLiquidations) which comes "without an operating system" and I
requested an upgrade to 16 GB of memory. Apparently this was a mistake.

So I'm guessing this is why my computer powers off when I try to install lubuntu. The question is, what should i
do now? Is it possible to take one of the 8GB memory chips out and have it run on one 8GB chips? Or should I just
buy 2 new 4 GB chips and put them in instead?

August 19th, 2017, 07:36 PM
It will work with just the one 8 gig stick.
But i suggest to buy 2 matching 4 gig sticks for a better experience over time.

August 20th, 2017, 03:52 PM
Thank you for the information. I will try using only one 8 GB RAM. Which one should I take out, the one under the keyboard or the one in the back?