View Full Version : [ubuntu] help installing ubuntu

November 16th, 2008, 07:31 AM
I am trying to install intrepid ibex on an old compaq presario 2100 laptop. I was able to boot it from a cd from the BIOS menu, but the installation process doesn't finish. It gets to the desktop screen with a window on it that is labeled 'install' but the window doesn't load properly. Its just a blank gray window, freezes, and I am supposed to enter information!?!?

the computer has 192 MB of RAM, more than what it says is the minimum in the documentation at the ubuntu website.

Any help is appreciated, and I can offer more information, but at this point I don't know what else to say, as I'm a little bit computer illiterate :P and although I'm keen to learn more about ubuntu, most of the stuff in the documentation was over my head.

November 16th, 2008, 07:32 AM
actually you may need the alternate install CD as if you are using the live installer it uses more memory and resources.
For the installer yes it doesnt need much but the live CD is another story.

November 16th, 2008, 08:44 AM
is the alternate install cd the same as the Wubi thing?

November 16th, 2008, 09:00 AM
The alternate install is a text installer rather that a graphical one. Works better for some systems.

November 16th, 2008, 09:07 AM
ahhhh yes, thanks. It is downloading now. Is it fairly straight forward to use?

November 16th, 2008, 09:56 AM
It's a straightforward installer, and it does use a kind of GUI, but it's a textual GUI. You'll be fine.

If you are setting up a dual-boot, just be careful at the partitioning screen - double-check and triple-check that you're telling it to install to the correct partition. And make a backup of your existing data before booting up the CD. This warning isn't peculiar to the alternate installer; it's recommended practice for anything to do with partitions :-)

November 16th, 2008, 09:59 AM
you need to use Xubuntu not Ubuntu or Kubuntu because you don't have enough RAM for the other 2 version

http://www.xubuntu.org/ if that doesn't work for you try
U-lite http://u-lite.org/
Fluxbuntu http://fluxbuntu.org/

November 16th, 2008, 10:50 AM
yeah, I'll give xubuntu a shot if the other two really aren't working.

I also don't want to make any partitions, as there is nothing on the computer I want to save, and that includes window. I am just trying to save an old computer from being thrown out, and hopefully learn enough about linux to switch my new computer to ubuntu as well.