ubuntu 8.10 installation error, booting from CD

Asked by John N

I wish to install ubuntu 8.10 onto my PC (486 P4) onto a logical partion (drive E. I have Ecomstation (nee OS/2 ver 4.52) installed on this PC and I use OS/2's Boot Manager program. Drive E is included in the Boot Manager already, but nothing is installed on it, yet.

I downloaded version 8.10 ubuntu and burned an ISO image disc of it. To install it (or try to) I just activate the PC to boot from the CD drive during boot up. I get the Ubuntu screen, but if I try to select any option on the main screen, I get an error message in a red box stating that there was a boot error from the CD, ie it is corrupted? I tried burning another CD, but this time at a much slower speed. Same problem. What do I need to do, download the Alternate CD and try installing from it? I have had no other error messages as I haven't been able to get past the basic installation phase.

Thanks, in advance.

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nhasian (nhasian) said :

Recommended minimum requirements

Ubuntu should run reasonably well on a computer with the following minimum hardware specification. However, features such as visual effects may not run smoothly.

    * 700 MHz x86 processor
    * 384 MB of system memory (RAM)
    * 8 GB of disk space
    * Graphics card capable of 1024x768 resolution
    * Sound card
    * A network or Internet connection

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John N (pacgeo) said :

thanks for the input nhasian, but you did not seem to get the gist of my message. I meet these hardware requirements alright, but the Ubuntu ISO CD will not install--I get the error message I stated previously.

Thanks again

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Tom (tom6) said :

It would be good if you could try out Xubuntu as a LiveCd (LiveCd means boot fom Cd but don't install, should get you to a Windows(ish) desktop)


Hopefully you shouldn't get any errors from that. please let us know either way. Oh, and here's a little guide to check you've got everything right with making the Ubuntu cd but it sounds like you have so just skim through it quickly.


Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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John N (pacgeo) said :

well, I have made some progress, of sorts. I decided to download the alternate CD for Ubuntu 8.10; that at least allowed me to install the program. Now the hitches. The installation corrupted the OS/2 boot manager, but I was able to retrieve it using my DFSee CD--great utility! After that I was able to boot into OS/2, but Ubuntu-nope. Error message states that the drive is not formatted. That may be my mistake. I chose the Journaled File System, a flavour of the JFS that OS/2 does not seem to recognize. Neither the partition in which ubuntu was installed or the partition I chose as the swap file are recognized by either OS/2 or Windows XP (across my network). That may be one problem.

Also, during installation, neither GRUB nor LILO would install. In an earlier attempt I recall some error message to the effect that the boot record did not like to be installed into a logical partition, which is where I installed ubuntu (drive E. The swap file is on a second hard drive and is in a primary partition. I suspect that either one, or both of these issues may be the problem: incorrect filesystem not recognized by the OS/2 boot manager and/or program is not installed in a primary partition.

I invite your comments. Should actually post this message into and OS/2-Ecomstation forum as well.


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Tom (tom6) said :

I'm not techi enough to know details about what you are saying and haven't explored the options you mention. Ubuntu likes an ext3 filesystem on a Primary partition. I've tried it on an extended partition and that was fine but didn't try a Logical Partition. The linux-swap partition is better as a Primary partition but seems to work fairly well on an extended partition, again i haven't tried Logical partition for this either.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/re-posting a question just before america arrives online after work/school gives the best chance of getting a good few answers - such is the nature of the internet.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved but please give us a clue how you did manage to solve it and also use the button under where you type stuff in rather than giving me karma credit points for just sending this note to you.

Apologies, good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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