Cannot install ubuntu 7.10

Asked by PeterJones

I have downloaded Ubuntu 7.10, burned it to CD using InfraRecorder and attempted to load it on my Toshiba Satellite Pro. It appears to start its business OK. I get to the screen where I select "Start or Install Ubuntu". It goes through a series of stages which are displayed as text on the screen, with [OK] against most entries. Then I get a screen with a multicoloured block about 1 cm square in the top left hand corner and a collection of blue and orange dashes over the rest of the screen. End of story. Nothing happens. What should happen? I have no idea, but I am sure something should!

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billybobjoel (nathan-lawson) said :

either the file is corrupt or your computer does not support ubuntu could you please tell me what size your hd is

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PeterJones (peter-hirab) said :

40 GB

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Manish Sinha (मनीष सिन्हा) (manishsinha) said :

Computer does not support ubuntu??

I would ask Peter to tell about his motherboard specifications and other hardware too, one of my friend too had similar problems (not the same exactly)
He removed his Pinnacle TV Tuner Card and then Ubuntu booted properly otherwise it was getting stuck.

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PeterJones (peter-hirab) said :

It is a rather elderly machine (by today's standards). Details are:
Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100
BIOS: Toshiba Version 1.70
RAM: 512 MB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 4.420 Go (16 MB)
Display Resolution 1024 x 768
Audio: Intel 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio Controller
HDD: Toshiba MK4019GAX 40GB, Formatted NTFS
SMCIrCC Infrared port (not used)
Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection (Ethernet 802.3)

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PeterJones (peter-hirab) said :

I have checked the downloaded .iso file with WinMd5Sum and it checks OK.
I used the Ubuntu "check CD" facility and found the CD to be faulty.
I burned a new CD which came through with "no errors".
I tried it on my desktop machine and it works perfectly.
Back to the laptop - it still behaves as described in my original post.
Obviously, the problem is with the laptop, not the CD. Are there any suggestions as to how I might overcome it?

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stathistec (stathistec) said :

Try using the text-based installer located on the same web page as the main download. You will need to check the checkbox labeled "alternate desktop CD." Make sure that you research regarding your video card, i.e, which driver is best and how to setup.

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PeterJones (peter-hirab) said :

Many thanks for your help. Ubuntu now installed, using the alternate desktop CD, and is working beautifully. As good as I hoped it would be.