11.04 Failed Dell Vostro 130

Asked by Mark Clancey on 2011-04-29

11.04 failed twice to install on my 4 month old Dell Vostro, which shipped with 10.04 and had been updated to 10.10. Tried the first time as an Upgrade from the Update Manager. It failed on restart - went dark after the 2nd Ubuntu splash screen.

So, I downloaded the USB ISO and set up the flash installer on the thumb drive. Booted from the thumb drive; the installer recognized an existing version of 11.04 and asked me if I wanted to replace it or update it. I chose the latter, but she is stuck on stupid.

Will now reboot from the thumb drive and chose to replace the previous failed install. Hopefully, that will work. If not, I also downloaded the 10.04 image and will attempt to install it. Otherwise, Dell can have it back.

More trouble than I needed today.

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Did you MD5 test the ISO you downloaded?

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Mark Clancey (mark-clancey) said : #4

I was unable to install 11.04 or recover the previous 10.10.  Had to reinstall 10.04, which wiped my hard drive contents.  Fortunately, I had a complete image of my files on Ubuntu One, which took forever to sync.  Natty cost me a lot of downtime and now I'm back to Lucid - and loving it!

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Mark Clancey (mark-clancey) said : #6

Eliah,

I find no place to mark the question as "solved," which I find to be a very curious "solution" to a failed install of the new Ubuntu LTS version onto a 6 month old Dell netbook.  My reinstallation of 10.04 Lucid Lynx was out of sheer necessity, not preference.  Obviously, I wanted the new version, but will now be reluctant to ever upgrade.

Thanks much,

Mark

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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Assuming that is the case, and you don't want any
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Mark Clancey (mark-clancey) said : #8

I choose not to mark as "solved" an unresolved failed install from the Update Manager onto one of Dell's most popular new netbooks.

The netbook was dead following the first attempt and Dell support could not resolve it either (the OEM configuration was 10.04), nor provide me access to the hard drive for purposes of offloading my data as you described.  Natty rendered my machine inoperable - access to BIOS was as far as we could get.

As for possessing the "right skills," I tried to recover the machine from a subsequent USB download/ISO image of the upgraded LTS.  I was only able to overwrite the existing installation, which wiped my drive.  I would have settled and been happy with that undesirable outcome had the new OS been usable, which it was not.  The Unity interface was inoperable on my 13.3' screen and I was unable to navigate to Preferences/Monitors to try different screen resolutions.  The Unity buttons were off the screen to the left and I could not get the system to work.

These kinds of issues with Ubuntu/Linux are, no doubt, the reason major PC manufacturer's are reluctant to offer products with Linux distros.  So far, my Ubuntu experience has been only slightly better and less productivity-killing than Windows Vista.  And it was a disaster.

My Natty Narwhal lesson was - If it ain't broke, don't fix it!  Lucid Lynx works just fine, thank you.

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support is required; it is not actually an indication of success, though
in most cases Solved questions were resolved successfully. However, if
you do want to continue working on the problem, then indeed you should
not mark it as Solved. I don't know what you tried in attempting to fix
the problem initially, but in most cases an unusable system following a
failed installation is rather quick and easy to fix, provided that you
possess (or get help from someone who possesses) the right skills. In
the likely-worst case scenario, where it is necessary or desirable to
wipe the disk and start over, it is usually trivially easy to offload
your data to another local storage device first (such as an external
hard drive or USB flash drive, or even a second computer if you have
one), so you don't have to take the time and trouble of re-syncing
everything from and off-site backup.

If you do not want to continue working on the problem and you do not
want any further assistance with it, then you can mark it as Solved by
going to
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+question/154838,
optionally typing a message in the large text box near the bottom of the
page, then clicking the Problem Solved button below that text box.
(Ordinarily, you would instead mark a question as Solved by clicking the
"This Solved My Problem" button on the lower right corner of whatever
post provided the solution that worked, and you could do that in this
case too, but the former method is probably more appropriate since none
of the posts provided by others in this question were what resulted in
your ultimate resolution of going back to Ubuntu 10.04.)

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