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    Angry Can't get a clean download! RRRGGHHH!

    I've been using Ubuntu since 8.04 and have never had this kind of trouble. What's worse, I'm trying to get it installed on a friend's computer - she's hot to try Ubuntu and now it's two days into the 'twenty minute install' I was bragging about. Here's the deal.

    I started by downloading 10.10 i386 Desktop Live CD from the web-page via HTTP using a wired 30mb down/5mb up wired connection. When I burned to disk (via Windows Vista - yeah, I know, I'll get to that) I got an error. I then booted the disk and ran the Ubuntu Live CD disk check utility and it reported an error in 1 file. Hmmmm. Well, that happens. I first blamed Windows (cause that's how I roll) so, using Vista on the same machine, I downloaded the latest Puppy Linux and burned that. No problem. Booted Puppy and downloaded Ubuntu via a torrent this time. Burned the disk. Still an error in one file. OK, time to try another computer.
    I then retried the whole process on my laptop running 10.04. SAME PROBLEM. Hmmm, maybe I've run into a stretch of bad disks halfway through my spindle. Let's try using Unetbootin and a USB stick to Install Ubuntu. Downloaded AGAIN. Ran GTKhash to verify the download. No problems. Expand to USB. Ok. Boot from USB and verify the disk? 'ERRORS FOUND IN 1 FILES'! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

    Help! I'm not a newb! I know what I'm doing! I've done this a million times! What is going on!?!?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Ramsey
    Last edited by cainram; October 28th, 2010 at 01:37 PM. Reason: bad spelling

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    IT could be bad memory, but I doubt it. I wonder if the downloads just aren't matching the hashes (Ubuntu bug).

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    Do an md5sum (or sha1sum) to make sure the hashes match.

    Shouldn't matter if you are using a torrent, but doesn't hurt to check.

    Otherwise burn it at like 4x and try a different brand of media.
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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    Thanks for the immediate help but as I posted, I've checked the sums, they come out perfect. I'd also like to think that this is something the Ubuntu Devs have tried and would have noticed...

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    I would probably just install it anyway, but I'm a reckless fool.

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    I hear, ya - I could just use Clonezilla to get an image of the current M$ install (trying for a dual-boot) but this isn't my computer. I need this user's first experience with Ubuntu to be clean and bug free, dig?

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    @CharlesA - again, I appreciate the help but as I posted origianally I've run hashes on every download and they're all perfect. As far as using a different brand of media I did - I've tried different KINDS of media altogether. Optical and flash based memory. To no avail.

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    Nothing is 100% bug free.

    Just boot off the livecd to let them mess around with it, else install it on a different drive.
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    beew is offline I Ubuntu, Therefore, I Am
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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    Why don't you just make a live usb? Fast and easy and you don't have to worry about oddities in burning software, CD rom etc. Installing took me 15, not 20 minutes for 10.10. You can also make the usb persistent to try it out, it is fast and doesn't take up space like CDs. Forget about disk burning, it is so yesterday, man.

    Since you are doing this on Vista, check out

    http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

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    Re: Can't get a clean donwload! RRRGGHHH!

    @beew - Please read my post again and get all the way to the end this time. I appreciate the help and we all rely on forums for help but no one seems to be actually reading my post.

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