Screen goes blank/freezes when booting ubuntu 9.04

Asked by JudsonEngelking on 2009-09-09

I am very new to Linux, and yesterday I decided to switch to ubuntu by word of advice and security needs. I could not boot from the CD only-- when I did it loaded the graphical load screen, flickered a bit, the hdd light stopped completely then eventually the computer shut down. Same happened when I selected the install option, but I could load the installer when I enabled "Safe Graphics Mode". I installed ubuntu, then when I restarted the same thing happened-- the screen flickered, went black, everything locked up (number lock button wouldn't respond so this is how I know its not just a visual issue, it was actually locked up). I can only boot from the cd using the install option and then get into firefox via the release notes link. I am very unfamiliar on how to use the command prompts, but I did try to edit the boot command line and add noapic, noacpi, nolapic, noirqpol, nosmp but I don't know if I put it in right, so if that's what I should be doing then I need to know exactly how to key it in, meaning which line, after what ect.
Computer model: Winbook N3

Intel Pentium III Processor at 1100mhz
133 MHz Front Side Bus
384MB 1 SODIMM slot, PC133 SDRAM
Core Logic: VT8603 (VIA Twister) - Northbridge
512K BIOS Flash ROM
10/100baseT EthernetVGA chip integrated in VIA PN133(VT8603)
Shared memory architecture 32 MB
Support AGP 4X mode
Support 15/16/24bbp True Color on LCD & dual view with 18bbp only
3D Windows Accelerator
Simultaneous LCD/CRT view
20GB Hard Disk
ATA, Enhanced IDE Interface
UltraDMA/66 access support
S.M.A.R.T. Manageability
1.44mb Floppy Disk Drive

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Going by your hardware I dont think your computer is fast enough for ubuntu.
You should try xubuntu
xubuntu is made for older computers.

Hope that helps

JudsonEngelking (judman89) said : #2

Well, the website said I was at the minimum requirements. I would install xubuntu but the only problem is this is my only computer and I can only load up firefox from the installer--which would make it impossible to burn xubuntu to a live cd. Is there any way I can get ubuntu running temporarily so I can burn an iso of xubuntu?

Not really, if it wont work. Couldnt you just burn it on a friends computer?

JudsonEngelking (judman89) said : #4

I suppose I could do that. Thanks

JudsonEngelking (judman89) said : #5

Thanks shane fagan, that solved my question.