Install problems

Asked by Michael Holcomb

I downloaded the Breezy Badger live and install CD's and cannot get either one of them to run on the Dell computer that I am attempting to install them on. What am I missing? Please help.

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Michael Gordon (sqfreak) said :

If this is a recent (~1yr old or less) Dell, when you reboot and see the Dell logo, press F12 repeatedly. A boot menu should come up. Choose CD/DVD Drive (or something of the like) and you should shortly get an (K)Ubuntu boot prompt.

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Barteq (barteqpl) said :

After that some other problems can show up. For example after displaying a boot prompt, system hangs or tehere is a black screen. In that case you have to boot linux with -noapic switch. ex
boot: ubuntu -noapic -nolapic

On my Acer it was the only way to install kubuntu.

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Claudia Park (bioclyde) said :

I own a Dell and I just installed Ubuntu with very little problem. The Bios is stubborn. When you boot the system pres F2 to enter the Cmos setup. From there you will see a screen with the boot order, make sure that the CDrom is first on the list. On mine you can change the settings by pressing F5. You have to reboot. Put the CD into the drive and Shut down the computer completely and wait about 1 minute and restart. It should boot from the CDrom

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nata (guilty-person) said :

I am also new in installation of Linux OS.
I have also recently installed Ubuntu onto my DELL Server for small student network.
Everything was installed without problems.
But, after re-boot mouse is hanging. I can not do anything.

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magilus (magilus) said :


Plese open a new ticket next time.

You could try this: Press CTRL + ALT + F1 at the same time, log in and run

sudo dpkg-reconfigure

you can also plug your mouse at an other port (PS/2|USB).

If this does not help please open a new ticket - otherwise problems are mixed up.

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Yuki Izumi (kivikakk) said :

After a bit of trouble, I tried upgrading the BIOS on my system, as I had to resort to using `noapic' for the kernel, effectively disabling power management (which is necessary for a laptop).

Look on your manufacturer's website to see how to do this - it may help.

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Ubuntu User (anotherubuntuuser) said :

Hi, Michael-

Were you ever able to resolve your Breezy installation problems?

If so, would you mind closing your support ticket.

If not, you might try getting a copy of Dapper (Ubuntu 6.06) and installing it. It has better hardware support and may work better.

If you are still having problems, let us know and we'll try to help.

Jim Jones

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talha ayyan (talhaayyan) said :

I installed ubuntu 12.04.1 without any problem but when i logged in there is a terminal like page i d'nt knw how to proceed. Please give me a way.

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David J Matthews (dmatthe) said :

I just received an automatic upgrade from 12.4.04 to the latest distribution but after the update staarted it failed. The message on the notice is as follows:
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header, E: problem with MergeList/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Translation, E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Now I can't open the software center at all. What do I need to do to get past this point?

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