Server 8.04 installation fails

Asked by Eli on 2008-06-17

Trying to install the Server Edition (8.04) and it hangs right after the Linux Kernel installs. I select the language, the Linux Kernel installs, then the installation hangs. The instructions say that there should be a question about keyboard layout, but it never appears. The screen is blank with a blinking cursor in the upper left. I have legacy emulation enabled in the BIOS. My Keyboard is a new Microsoft keyboard.

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bodhi.zazen (bodhi.zazen) said : #1

Two suggestions :

1. Check the integrity of the installation media (check the md5sum or test media from the boot menu).

2. Microsoft is not know for making Linux compatible keyboards, you might want to try a different keyboard.

Eli (guiderae) said : #2

I tried another keyboard and disabled the USB controller. Same problem. I tried the menu selection that checks the CD for defects and I get the same result: the Linux Kernel loads, the screen goes black and there is a blinking cursor at the top left of the screen. Nothing further happens.

bodhi.zazen (bodhi.zazen) said : #3

Sounds like the check CD failed then.

Check the md5sum on your iso image and re-burn a CD.

Eli (guiderae) said : #4

I bought the CD from It contains a file md5sum.txt. Can I somehow use this file? I would like to avoid downloading 700M.

Eli (guiderae) said : #5

OK, I downloaded another iso, checked it with md5sum, no problems. Tried to run the install, and it hangs in the same place. I have an AMD Sempron LE-1150 processor. Is there a compatibility problem?

Eli (guiderae) said : #6

Also, I used the i386 server download. Should I be using the amd64 download instead?

Eli (guiderae) said : #7

Hello is anyone there?

petski (petski) said : #8

Hi Eli,

Just a long shot:

When you are black screen with the blinking cursor, hit Ctrl-Alt-F[2-7] to cycle through all the virtual terminals. One of those terminals could contain the verbose install log which will tell you exactly where the Ubuntu installer is stuck at.

Hope this helps,


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