View Full Version : [ubuntu] Install failures

November 30th, 2008, 06:45 AM
I installed Ubuntu 8.10 last Friday evening. It installed fine, and I had some issues with connecting it to my windows network. After a few days, it was decided that I should reinstall. I did so, and also had no issues. I finally got the computer to see the windows network, then, on the same day, I updated as it told me to. All hell broke loose. Something filed in the update, and from that point onward it would only allow me to boot into a text console, and kept telling me that there were a multitude of erros on the hard disk. Finally, I swapped hard disks and installed it on a new hard drive. During installations, it kicked me into text mode and once again showed a multitude of errors. So I reformatted the drives, and installed Windows XP on the C drive. All went well. Then I tried to install Kubuntu 8.10 onto the drive in a dual boot setup. Kubuntu seemed to be going along well for about 25 minutes, then rebooted itself, i guess in order to get the GUI to finish the setup. The setup screen only showed in the upper left corner of my screen, and in VERY small font. After it finished doing it's stuff there, it rebooted again, only to kick me out into a text console again, and again with all the error information. Can someone please help me get this thing to install? I don't care if I'm using Ubuntu or Kubuntu, I just want it to work. I also don't care if I install it as the only OS or if I dual boot it. I just want it to work. I'm a 100% newbie when it comes to Linux, as I've never actually used it before in my life. So any help you all may offer needs to be in very basic terms, and with very good step by step information. Please don't assume that I know something, because there's a 100% chance that I do NOT know it. It took me a week to finally get someone to tell me that I needed to type commands into the Terminal program. See how dumb I am? Thanks in advance for your help, time and patience.


December 1st, 2008, 07:29 AM
Anyone out there that can offer a guy some advice?

December 1st, 2008, 07:34 AM
Stuff like this happens every so often with ubuntu, if its become too much of an issue I say its time for distro hopping.
To see if its just ubuntu see if you can get linux mint running, its based on linux mint.
After you establish its Ubuntu at fault you can try another distro, Mandriva is a good one of mention.
Ubuntu is sometimes win some/ loose some in this respect but I still keep Ubuntu near as it has great potential.

December 4th, 2008, 10:31 AM
Wonderful news! After 7 long hours of intensive troubleshooting, my uncle and myself finally got it to install with no errors, and to boot reliably! After all that time, it turned out that I had a bad stick of RAM, a bad hard drive cable, and a bad hard drive. My eyes are killing me after looking inside that machine and plugging and unplugging things to pinpoint the problems. I thank you again for your help and words of advice! I'll definitely be posting more on this board if I run into more problems. Everyone who has helped me has been just great!