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Since: 10.12.01
From: Aurora, IL

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I've got this PC. It's thirdhand, so I'm guessing it's 4-5 years old, though I wouldn't actually know. 256 MB of RAM, 20 GB hard drive and the operating system was wiped clean. I had a (legal!) copy of Windows 2000 to install and register on it, but I thought it'd probably be much more fun to try and install Ubuntu on it. I haven't used that OS, and figured I might get something out of it.

I burned a copy of the latest version of Ubuntu from their website, started up the computer booting to the CD drive. The install instructions are kinda of lacking to start with - either my experience is atypical, or they really should mention it takes about 20-30 minutes of the computer buzzing (and occasionally going black for a while) for you to get in a log in screen. The first couple of days I tried this, I apparently gave up too early because I had no clue.

I can't get much farther than this login screen I keep getting - I've tried it as well with another burned CD, I've tried it as well xubuntu - because the system wants a username/password at this point, and I can't get any to work. I've tried variations of ubuntu/ubuntu, ubuntu/(nothing), root/(nothing) and none of it works.

The install guides don't mention this login screen at all, as far I as I can find. I thought maybe I half installed a version of ubuntu and I needed to delete it off before continuing, but there's no sign of something like that when I boot into W2000

Anyway go thru this process before? What am I not understanding? - CMLLBlog
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That is abnormal, for sure. Have you tried booting it with an Ubuntu Live-CD to make sure that you have hardware that is compatible?

I installed Ubuntu about 2 years ago so it has been a while, but I don't recall 20-30 minutes of waiting for the initial screen to come up.

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Not my experience, either.

I'm sure you've found this, but just in case.


I guessing that there's something wrong with your installation disks - either in the burning process or in the download. They've merged the LiveCD with the installation CD - so it should just boot up.

They've really streamlined the installation from previous versions, which were pretty smooth in their own right. Anything that seems weird probably isn't suppose to happen. Incidentally, once you get this installed, updating is a breeze

I've downloaded an ISO and will run it later tonight to see if I also experience your problem (although I probably won't be able to post anything until much late tonight). The machine I run Ubuntu on is an off-brand from 2001 - so it should definitely work on yours.

(edited by Leroy on 9.7.07 1536)

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Since: 13.2.02
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As Guru said, that doesn't sound like any Ubuntu (or other Linux distro install) I've ever heard of. Almost sounds like the video didn't work and it defaulted to installing after 20 minutes of no input. Although that sounds like a dangerous default to me.

On that hardware, I'd recommend Xubuntu, actually, although I haven't used Xfce much myself (I'm a WindowMaker user from wayback). If you've got a couple bucks to throw at it, you might be able to upgrade the RAM for cheap and that will certainly make the biggest difference of all.

You also may want to try the "Alternate Install" disk, as with that machine you're walking a line:

    Originally posted by the Website

    [The alternate install CD] installs on systems with less than about 256MB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).

If the machine is a brand name like a Dell or HP or Compaq, etc., a chunk of main memory may be used for Video Memory, meaning although you've got 256MB, you don't have 256MB available to the OS at any given time because 16/32/64 are being dedicated to graphics memory. If that's the case, you might try the Alternate Install CD (here) or just go ahead and get Xubuntu instead. Also, check the BIOS -- you might be able to reduce the amount of memory dedicated to video to 8MB or 16MB if it's set at 32MB or 64MB.


Since: 10.12.01
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I ended up trying it with the Xubuntu Alternate CD. On Monday, it kept getting having problems created partitions. I gave it another try Wednesday, and it created the partition fine, but kept getting stuck when trying to install the system files.

I figured out it's a ACER Pentium 3, and I wonder if it's just too old to get this to work. I think I'm going to bail on the idea. Thanks for the help anyway. - CMLLBlog
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