View Full Version : [xubuntu] out of memory installing xubuntu

June 5th, 2008, 05:45 AM
I'm completely new to any form of linux. i'm trying to install xubuntu on an old machine that used to run Windows 98. its an HP pavilion 6355, which i believe meets all the minimum system requirements. what happens is i boot from the cd i got and choose install xubuntu (i checked the c for errors and tested the memory, both were good), and it shows an xubuntu logo with a loading bar. i walked away for a little and when i came back it had a black screen with this text on it:

"[325.406540] Out of memory: kill process 3640 (localedef) score 545 or a child
[325.406642] killed process 3640 (localedef)"

i can type below it. (i assume this is the command line.) I have no idea what this means, or what to do about it. nothing has happened since. thank you for your help.

June 5th, 2008, 05:48 AM
How much memory do you have? You will need at least 256 mb of ram to install it.

Unless you use the alternate CD I think you could get away with 128 mb of ram

June 5th, 2008, 05:50 AM
Whats the amount of ram on your system?

June 5th, 2008, 05:55 AM
You just have to chose the 'text installer" wich is the same EZ GUI thing and just dosn't load the desktop:) It is not a comand line just the same GUI:)

June 5th, 2008, 05:59 AM
well looking at the specs, if you have the stock setup you need a lighter distro, like->

Standard Configuration
for HP Pavilion 6355
Maximum RAM: 256MB
Standard RAM: 64MB
Speed of RAM: 66MHz
# Banks: 2
# Sockets: 2

June 5th, 2008, 12:28 PM
o duh. thanks. i didnt realize that it was that old and clunky.