My hdd broke down and I just bought a new one and put it in my notebook. The new hdd is a Toshiba 500GB 2.5" SATA300 540, my notebook Packard Bell Easynote MH35.
I made a bootable live USB with ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso. I used winMD5Sum to check the hash/checksum of my .iso-file (on someone else's WinXP PC) and it is correct.
However, the installer keeps crashing:
(With help from a youtube video) I tried three times to make three partitions (root (/) (10,000MB), swap (6000MB) and /home (all the rest of the MB's) but when the installer starts installing the system (after I've given my location, name, computer's name, password etc.), it crashes.
Then I thought I might have done something wrong in the partitioning (though I really paid attention to the video, so really it's not likely) - and I decided to try another way:
choosing to install Ubuntu without partitioning my disk. Didn't work, same thing:
Two messages come up:
1. "System program problem detected" (the installer keeps going while this message is up)
2. (A minute or so later) "The installer has crashed"
Every time I try again, the installer seems to think Ubuntu 12.04 is already installed (it isn't though, I tried booting from hdd and all I get is a blinking cursor): it gives me the option to "Erase Ubuntu 12.04LTS and reinstall".
What can I do?
Apart from getting frustrated, I'm also surprised: when I installed Ubuntu12.04 for the first time (last August), everything was fine.
Has it something to do with my hdd being new, non-compatible, or ...?
Could it be the USB is not good, despite the hash/checksum being correct?
I'm on a Live Session now, that seems to work fine (internet and all).
Thanks a lot