The hardware: an old Dell Vectra VL800 PC, 20 GB SCSI hard drive, 1 GB RAM, Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz CPU.

The system meets minimums for Ubuntu 12.1. During the install, I encounter a couple of odd items:

IO space for GPIO uninitated

and

load fallback graphic devices [fail]
sound card mixer state [fail]

It resulted in a cursor at the top left corner of a blank screen. Holding the power button and forcing a shutdown obtains a reaction of the install shutting down.

I attempted to install Lubuntu with the same result (minus the load fallback).

I did successfully install Ubuntu 9.04 and the latest version of Damn Small Linux. Both ran nicely.

Any thoughts as to the install issue?

Thanks,
Sandor