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Charlie Chick
November 21st, 2008, 10:25 AM
Hello Everybody,

I'm trying to install either Ubuntu or Xubuntu on an old Easy One Silver 3100 DVD laptop which originally came with Windoze ME. From what I can make out it has an 20Gb hard drive and 256Mb of RAM. I don't know what kind of processor it has.

The problem is no version of Ubuntu or Xubuntu from 6.06 right up to 8.10 will install. It freezes during installation. I've tried Safe Graphics mode and even text mode without success. The nearest I got to success was with Xubuntu 7.10 with which I got as far as a desktop, but clicking the install button resulted in it crashing.

Both Knoppix and Puppy install without problem. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks,

Charlie

renzokuken
November 21st, 2008, 11:10 AM
have you tried the Alternate CD?

Charlie Chick
November 21st, 2008, 11:34 AM
What's the alternate CD?

zzHanks
November 21st, 2008, 11:36 AM
What's the alternate CD?
A text based installer (without graphical interface).
You can download it here http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate

MrWES
November 21st, 2008, 11:37 AM
What's the alternate CD?

It used for older systems that have a hard time starting the standard live CD; it's text based.

http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate


Bill

renzokuken
November 21st, 2008, 11:38 AM
When installing ubuntu there are two choices.

1. The Live CD (Desktop CD)
This is the bootable CD where you can load into the Desktop and have a play before deciding to install anything

2. The Alternate CD
This is simply an old-school text based installer version. It doesnt boot into a fully working desktop, but just boots straight into the installer without any fancy grafix. its still easy to use and gives the exact same install as the livecd would. Some computers don't like installing from the livecd but will work with the alternate CD (like my laptop)

you can get it from

http://releases.ubuntu.com

Oliver.BS
November 21st, 2008, 11:40 AM
Can I ask why you would want it on your System I would think that your system is going to struggle to run it other members please discuss ?

renzokuken
November 21st, 2008, 11:43 AM
xubuntu should be just about ok......but as you say something like DSL might be better suited, either that or Ubuntu with Openbox etc

Charlie Chick
November 21st, 2008, 12:44 PM
Can I ask why you would want it on your System I would think that your system is going to struggle to run it other members please discuss ?

Well I thought that, if it can run Windoze ME, it should be able to run Xubuntu. Shouldn't it?

Charlie Chick
November 21st, 2008, 12:49 PM
I've just downloaded the alternate Xubuntu 8.10 CD and it boots into a graphical interface and I can't see how to get it to install via text only. The option doesn't appear in F6.

zzHanks
November 22nd, 2008, 12:12 AM
I've just downloaded the alternate Xubuntu 8.10 CD and it boots into a graphical interface and I can't see how to get it to install via text only. The option doesn't appear in F6.
Are you sure you downloaded the right one?
There should not be a graphical interface (just blue, gray and black).
Check again http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/cdimage.ubuntu.com/cdimage/xubuntu/releases/8.10/release

Hope this helps

Charlie Chick
November 24th, 2008, 09:11 AM
Ah, looks like I ballsed up. Sorry. I'll download and try again.

Charlie Chick
November 24th, 2008, 10:41 AM
Tried the alternative CD - it doesn't work either. After a graphical initial screen, the screen goes blank and the computer crashes. I suspect that the hardware requirements are just too much for this ancient laptop.