this is a bit long, thanks for reading and replying! my machine: a custum built with Intel core 2 quad processor, two harddrives each with atleast 200GB. 4GB of RAM. The motherboard has an AMI Bios. Two DVD RW drives, and I've got a brand new 24" Viewsonic 1080p monitor. Ubuntu monitor cuts off on boot from wubi.exe installed versions. mouse and keyboard lock up from live CDs.
[[side note: My secondary machine with an AthlonXP processor is running Xubuntu well now after installing patches to 10.04. 9.10 had ran perfectly but I decided to upgraded to the newest version. I regretted that initially. I had to try twice at the 10.04 Xubuntu installation on the AthlonXP but was successful at a really stable setup only after a complete and total reinstall of Xubuntu and without attempting to save the XP installation, and after installing the now available patches. My first attempt at upgrade went terribly after I selected the xubuntu 10.04 upgrade package from the program manager to install, from Xubuntu 9.10. It seemed far less stable than 9.10 with frequent crashes back to the login screen, maybe every 10 minutes or so. I also lost my ability to run XP from the ubuntu installedOS selection menu.. selecting Windows XP from the selection menu would cause a pause, as-if attempting to load XP, but then my Athlon-XP system would jump back to ubuntu's OS selection menu again where Windows XP and Ubuntu both appeared available for initializing. But now after reinstalling Xubuntu without an OS selector menu (without saving the Windows XP partition which no longer ran), and reinstalling the now available patches, it is very stable]]
Back to my main concern, the Intel Core-i5 machine with specs listed above: I'm experiencing system lockup with every linux distribution ive attempted to run (live cds of Ubuntu 10.04 and 9.10, Xubuntu 10.04, Fedora12, Knoppix under XWindow session option.) And using the wubi.exe installed Ubuntu under Windows 7 failed due to Monitor shutting down from no signal being received. several attempts with 64bit and 32bit versions-- installing, uninstalling and reinstalling, were made. Each time after selecting Ubuntu from the OS menu selector the systems reports back "loading 5, 4, 3. " [counting down] then monitor reports no input received, then it cuts off entirely. The activity lights on the computer will remain on and the hard drive indicator appears to be active for a split second about every 5 seconds or so. This goes on indefinitely. And Windows 7 runs well on this machine. 64bit and 32bit versions of Ubuntu 10.04 have been tried using the wubi.exe Windows installer.
With the Live CDs of Ubuntu and Xubuntu or Fedora12 on this machine (Intel Core 2 Quad) I would get lock ups and the mouse and keyboard would quit working. I could move the cursor with the mouse but clicking would not activiate anything. The keyboard was useless also. With ubuntu It locked up on the select language menu selection once, other attempts would lock up just a couple of minutes after running Firefox, the first application selected after bootup. Xubuntu would always boot from live cd though but lock up later in Firefox. I also tried 9.10 versions and experienced the same problems with lock up just minutes after running Firefox, the first application run for testing after bootup from live cd. Additionally, I tried Fedora12 (same problem). Finally I tried Knoppix Adriane live cd. Everything was stable as long as I stayed out of the XWindows option. I was even able to run Firefox just fine as long as I was not inside XWindows, the last option on the menu. As soon as I ran the XWindows session and opened Firefox, shortly afterward the system lockup occured yet the mouse cursor would freely move about, the Keyboard was inactive and mouse clicks at links and buttons did nothing.
Since I haven't yet found a stable version of linux for my Intel Core-2-Quad system I'm thinking it might be the XWindows interface common to almost all distributions. I've got two harddrives on this machine and now I am thinking about leaving Windows7 alone and installing a Ubuntu version solely on my secondary hard drive (avoiding wubi.exe windows installer) and using the Bios boot selector instead of having a menu program pop up prompting for the OS I want to boot up. I'm hoping that after I load the updates that the system will become stable and that Windows and Linux will not interfer with each other if I keep them nice and seperated.
I'm trying to pick up this Linux and Ubuntu. My first experience with Xubuntu 9.10 on my Athlon-XP was fantastic. please offer suggestions? Thanks again for reading!
----Edit to now solved tread [microprocessor is Intel Core i5 rather than Core2-Quad listed throughout thread; probably would not make any difference at all, I guess]