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marvinmatthew

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#1 12 years ago

Alright, so I have Ubuntu sitting on a bootable CD. I have my main DVD-ROM drive set as the primary boot-drive (but only when there's a boot CD in it, otherwise the harddrive boots).

So, I pop the CD in, start the computer. The splash screen pops up, and after that a message pops up telling me.

"Linux can't install. Please press any key."

So I hit return, and the computer restarts. The same process repeats itself until I take the CD out of its drive.

My only guess is that I'm somehow not formating the CD correctly (I'm using the Ubuntu recomended 'CD Burner XP Pro 3' to burn the CD) when I burn it.

I also have a 12gig partition (formated FAT32) waiting for the install, when ever I can get it to work.

Anyone have any ideas to as why I can't install Linux?

-Many thanks.




Kilobyte

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#2 12 years ago

You have a 12gb drive. Are you sure it is Fat32, and not NTFS?

What are your system specs? Motherboard, USB devices, Hard drives, etc...

If your XP drive is plugged up, or you have any USB devices, other than a mouse and keyboard, they could confuse Linux. If it is not familiar with them.




marvinmatthew

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#3 12 years ago

I'm positive that the partition I've setup is FAT32.

My Specs: Intel P4 2.8 GHz 1 Gb PC2700 RAM (The drive I'm trying to install to is...) 160Gb 5400RPM

Mobo Stuff: ASUS mobo Board Form Factor uATX mPGA478 socket type 800/533/400 MHz FSB Processor VRM Specification Northwood FMB2

Do you need any other motherboard specs?

And what you mean "if your XP drive is 'plugged up'"?

I will try to run it w/o my external HD pluged in when I get home.




marvinmatthew

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#4 12 years ago

Oops, it looks like I didn't remember what the error message said, it actually says,

"Can't load DOS! Press Any Key To Continue"

Anyone have any ideas?




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#5 12 years ago
marvinmatthewAnd what you mean "if your XP drive is 'plugged up'"?

I don't know if your installing Linux on a seperate computer, or your main computer. I was searching for clues as to what the problem might be, since I have never heard of the "first" error.

I installed Ubuntu 6 Flight 5 (Beta 5). -----------------------------------------------------------------------

"Can't load DOS! Press Any Key To Continue"

That sounds like a generic error message, reported by the computer. Ubuntu does not use DOS. So that must mean it can't load the OS. Which could mean one of a few problems.

In order of possibility.

1. Your PC is not booting from the CD, and is trying to boot from the Fat32 hard drive. You will have to change the boot order, or delete the Fat32 partition (unformat).

2. You burned the CD, and the burn had a few errors. Burning at a slower speed, ie 4x, should prevent burn errors.

3. You downloaded the 64-bit version, and are using a 32-bit Socket 478 Pentium.




marvinmatthew

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#6 12 years ago

Many thanks sir, as it turns out it was a bad CD burn, and I was able to get it up and working. I like Linux quite a lot.




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#7 12 years ago

Just wait untill you get XGL/Compiz installed. Not that is cool. :cool:

Xgl is a Hardware 3D OpenGL desktop. Windows fade, and wobble, and move more smoothly. Although 3D games don't work yet. On older video cards, Video playback is slowed down as well.

Gnome/Ubuntu finally gets shadows, fade effects, and transparencies.

KDE/Kubuntu has had those effects, but not at the Xgl/Compiz quality level. Although, those effects did not slow down games more than 1fps, and did not affect video.