I want to try ubuntu, but am having problems installing or running at all!!

Ubuntu 8.04 won't install or run on my desktop PC Submitted by locs4dayz on Sun, 2008-05-25 01:54. I have downloaded the live cd iso and created a disc. I have checked it and it is good. When i go to install, i get to the part where it asks me to choose my language. After that it gives me the option to install or try without making any changes to my system(have tried both options). It then goes to the screen with the progress bar. After that it shows a bunch of stuff in dos being loaded and checked(quit a few say "frozen" at the end of the lines!). Then my screen goes black, and nothing else happens. I have an asus motherboard, 256mb ram, 1.1gb celeron processor. My pc is and older HP. My OS is xp media center edition sp3. I am anxious to try ubuntu and see what the hype is all about, but i can't get it to run!! I have tried to install it in safe mode, removed quiet splash, etc... None of the tips so far has gotten me any futher than i have described. What am i not doing right? Anyone out there who can help me get this OS to run i welcome your help. I have done tons of windows installs, which to me were all easy as pie(every version except vista which i have'nt tried  yet since i hope to move away from windows and defragmenting), so i am not a newbie at installing OS's. I partitioned my Hard Drive when i installed xp, so i won't need to create or resize one for ubuntu. The partition i plan to install ubuntu on is 20gb(which should be enough for me to evaluate this OS). My email address is locs4dayz@yahoo.com or you can instant message me on my yahoo messenger. Someone has got to know how to get me up and running. This is the hardest OS install ever so far!!!

I want to try ubuntu, but am having problems installing or runni

With Gusty the system requirements of Ubuntu increased from about 256Mb to 384Mb. The LiveCD always uses lots more Mb to install than the Alternate Install Disk. Your best bet would be to install Xubuntu (which has an xfce interface, rather than Gnome) and use the Alternate Install Disk instead of the LiveCD. And/or increase your RAM if you can...

Will i be able to upgrade after install?

Can I upgrade to the version i want after i install Xubuntu?

Will i be able to upgrade after install?

If by version you mean 7.04 (Feisty), 7.10 (Gutsy), 8.04 (Hardy) yes. You can upgrade from one version to the next (e.g. from Feisty to Gutsy OR Gutsy to Hardy), but you cannot upgrade over several versions at once (e.g. from Feisty to Hardy). If you have got nothing to lose you might be better to do a "clean install" (e.g. go straight for Hardy)

Still No Good

Here are my system specs... OS Name    Microsoft Windows XP Professional... Version    5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600... OS Manufacturer    Microsoft Corporation... System Name    WINDOWSXP... System Manufacturer    00101741  9795C... System Model    15150100001234... System Type    X86-based PC... Processor    x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~1102 Mhz... BIOS Version/Date    Phoenix Technologies LTD 3.02, 8/24/2001... SMBIOS Version    2.31... Windows Directory    C:\WINDOWS... System Directory    C:\WINDOWS\system32... Boot Device    \Device\HarddiskVolume1... Locale    United States... Hardware Abstraction Layer    Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"... User Name    WINDOWSXP\Freddie... Time Zone    Pacific Standard Time... Total Physical Memory    256.00 MB... Available Physical Memory    42.24 MB... Total Virtual Memory    2.00 GB... Available Virtual Memory    1.96 GB... Page File Space    623.32 MB... Page File    C:\pagefile.sys... I tried xubuntu... still got the same results... just will not install on my pc... none of the distros so far will install... I guess i'm stuck with windows... at least i can get a working system install from microsoft... sure wish i could have tried linux though... they still have a long way to go before they topple the giant which is microsoft!!!

Did you try the text or graphic xubuntu cd?

Hi just to repeat what alanrochester has already said, if you want to install ubuntu then you should try the alternative cds, which are text based and are therefore less resource intensive. If you already got that, then i apologise but your reply seemed to make no mention of the text based cds which should have a very different start up process. These cds are available for both ubuntu and xubuntu and are not found on the default graphic cds. I haven't tried it myself as i haven't had need to so i will just refer you to a guide on the ubuntu website:https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/installation-guide/i386/index.html You can download it by going to the same website you went to last time and ticking the box that says:"Check here if you need the alternate desktop CD. This CD does not include the Live CD, instead it uses a text-based installer."Additionally if your cd does boot you should make sure you go for a manual partition, or largest available free space . The automatic option will probally wipe windows. Lastly going for the alternative definition for 'version' ubuntu and xubuntu are refered to as different desktop environments, both have similar core components (i think) but have different minimum requirements, decorations, default applications etc. I believe you will probally be able to add the ubuntu desktop to your system by going to synaptic package manager (system>administration>synaptic package manager) and searching for ubuntu-desktop or similar, and installing. You  then should be able to select either desktop environment from log-in. Sorry for a long winded possibly irreverent post.

Just can't seem to figure this out

I've tried Ubuntu (live cd and alternate),Kubuntu, and Xubuntu!!! Right now i'd be happy to try without installing, but none of them will run at all. Atfter i choose my language and install type, the boot screen appears for a few seconds then it starts to load some commands in dos... then the "Black Screen of Death"!! I've never gotten any further. Have never seen any screens beyond that point... Noticed a lot of stuff are "frozen" in the dos kernal though and a few I/O errors... Can't get any of them to run at all to try, and would'nt know what they were supposed to look like if it were not for the screen shots online(thanks to my xp install)... Help!!!

Other boot options

Hi, maybe you should search for your computer model, or motherboard in the ubuntu support section. http://ubuntuforums.org/ or look for your computer in the laptop test section of the ubuntu website https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam/HewlettPackard. Lastly one of the most important of your remaining options is probably your boot options. You can start up the live cd up (not sure how to do this in the alternative cd)  without acpi by waiting for the picture of ubuntu to appear (with the start or install, boot primary hard disk, check memory etc options) and pressing F6 (refered to as 'Other options'). This brings up a line of text with your boot options. By going to the end of the line you can then add boot options, one of the most extreme of which is 'noapic acpi=off' that turns off a more modern way of saving power on your computer. After you add the option press return to boot. If this does work it probally means that your computer supports an older method of powersaving called APM which is supposed to be controlled mostly by the bios, as apposed to ACPI which allows the operating system to control the computer. I have never seen a computer that supports APM so i have no idea how booting using that option would compare to your experiance in windows, i just know it exsists. If none of the above work there's nothing else that i can think off (althogh i am new to linux myself so don't read too much into that).

its the monitor

try another newer monitor. Some of the old monitors will not cope with the refresh rate the install menu needs.