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Ubuntu installation Help

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by gawjus69, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. gawjus69

    gawjus69 Newbie

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    So, i tried installing Ubuntu 9.10 on my 12.1 inch Blue notebook from a USB stick (i dont have a cd). My notebook is using a VIA C7-M 1.6 Ghz processor. . When i chose Install Ubuntu from the options, I got a white Ubuntu logo that is fading in and out and after that my screen went blue, then green, then violet then black. The colors were not even clear. they were blurred mixed with black. I heard a sound which i believe Ubuntu was loading. I also tried choosing Try Ubuntu with no changes but its the same. I tried installing using wubi and Unetbootin but still didnt work. Is it a hardware problem? What do ya all think? Suggestions?
     
  2. judson

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    You could try the Ubuntu minimal installation.

    Installs the bare minimum, and then you can install the rest over the network. You might have more joy then.

    Failing that, try 9.04. A lot of people have complained about 9.10 but were/are happy with 9.04.
     
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    Yeah i agree with judson , first do a minimum installation , and then install.

    if you still need help , join freenode.net #ubuntu .
    Hope it helps.
     
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  4. gawjus69

    gawjus69 Newbie

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    ok will try the minimum installation. hope it works. thanx 4 d replies
     
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    Good luck. Funny thing is I've been working on installing Ubuntu for a bit now myself, so this thread caught my eye.

    Very popular linux distro, though from the research I did, for a notebook you might want to check out xubuntu. It's a branch of ubuntu, with one if it's main goals being low memory/low footprint/speed. It looks largely the same as ubuntu otherwise.
     
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    Oh and here's one more thing that might help if you're on x86 architecture. From:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/7.04/installation-guide/i386/boot-troubleshooting.html

     
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    I think there's also an Ubuntu specifically for netbooks...don't know much about it. Google it and I'm sure it'll tell everything you wanna know.

    Is there much difference between 8.10 and 9.10 Ubuntu? I've still got 8.10 on the family's old computer.
     
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    While on the topic, you might want to check out Crunchbang Linux.

    It is a derivative of Ubuntu, and I think there is a crunchee version for notebooks.

    I have been using it exclusively on my machines since 8.10 and while it is stuck on 9.04, I am extremely happy with it.
    http://crunchbanglinux.org/

    Would avoid any of the other Debians though. One of Ubuntu's really strong points is hardware detection and compatibility, so you are unlikely to have any more joy with the other Debians than with Ubuntu and its Derivatives.

    @Greg ... I used to be a fan of Xubuntu too, but in 9.04 it was still quite resource hungry. If you are in the experimenting mood, and want to try out a few distros, another one to check out it uLite.
    http://u-lite.org/
     
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  9. gawjus69

    gawjus69 Newbie

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    ok i tried the minimal installation but i got the same blurry screen. ill try xubuntu but if it will not work, i might just throw this lappy and buy a new one hehe.
     
  10. johntan09

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    lol..possible hardware problem then i guess..
     
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    Before you throw it away, consider sending it to me. I could use a mini notebook. :)

    Seriously though, as John pointed out above, it could be a hardware problem. What OS can you get to run on the machine, if at all?
     
  12. gregstereo

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    @judson and john - yep, could be hardware - very likely actually

    @gawjust69 - like in the link I posted earlier suggested, it sounds like its related to the video card

    don't give up just yet, *nix can be a bitch to install but it's worth it - more secure, lower sys. requirements, lots of control over stuff that can be of use to BH'ers...

    xubuntu is so similar to ubuntu you're probably gonna get similar results, but look around on the *nix forums for advice on boot and init parameters to tweak the video mode - that might help. I'll be with you in spirit as I work on setting up virtualbox, then Chromium OS and two virtual Win XP instances on a computer I'm in process of rebuilding....gonna be a stormy one in the Stereo household tonight - cloudy with a chance of lots of swearing...