Boring desktop PC question – Ubuntu install help pls
I have an OLD desktop that I built up about 7 years ago. Problem I’m having is it was uselessly slow with Windows XP, so after a lot of success with Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop I thought I’d give it a go on the desktop.
I’m using the same disc I installed Ubuntu on my laptop with, and have gone for a complete wipe of HDD and install Ubuntu as the only OS. It hangs at 5% during something to do with creating the new ‘ext4’ partition. Absolutely nothing I’ve done – including sending it to a PC specialist: they sent it back with a “sorry, can’t figure it out” – has sorted this out and I’m now just wondering if it’s more hassle than it’s worth. I’m now stuck with an empty and unusable HDD, and at best can only run Ubuntu from the LiveCD, although even that hangs on a regular basis.
Any STW computer boffins got any ideas, before I bin it and start trawling eBay?
CheersPosted 7 years ago
I can’t do anything with the disk. The ubuntu CD offered me the option of erasing all data and starting afresh, so I did that. That’s when it stuck at 5%.
If I try to use GParted (or whatever it’s called) via the LiveCD, it just hangs as well. The PC “specialists” apparently tried a different HDD in my machine, and that also froze.
Totally confused.Posted 7 years ago
Have you an external drive or usb stick – external storage basically?
Shove the Ubuntu CD in .. boot into live mode.. get everything important off the windows partition and put it onto the external storage (so you dont lose it).
Then try to delete all the non windows partitions using GParted. Just do this nothing more. Come back out. Go back into Ubuntu. You should now just have the Windoze NTFS or FAT32 partion and the rest of the disk a blank canvas. Use the auto partiting mode or specify the main / partition the size you want and a swap partition the same size as your ram. Hopefully it then writes these changes and works. If not download UBCD ultimate boot cd (google it). Burn it. Go to hard drive diagnostics tool. Find the one for your manufacturer and see what it says.Posted 7 years ago
I have no way of getting access to the HDD content. Before I did the Ubuntu thing, I booted up Windows and copied all the files I wanted. Then went to install from the Ubuntu LiveCD and took the option to erase the whole HDD and then install Ubuntu on that “fresh” HDD. That’s when it stalled at 5%.
The LiveCD ‘Ubuntu-lite’ will boot, but using GParted it stalls at 5% again. GParted shows no NTFS/FAT32 partition, just a boot partition and a swap partition (both 2 GB) and a 76 GB chunk of something else, maybe /ext3 -can’t remember exactly, but sometimes it shows this and sometimes it just shows 76 GB of blank HDD. In addition to this, the LiveCD Ubuntu often just hangs for no reason as well.
After thinking about this for a while, would my desktop spec cause any issues? Specifically the 1 x 256MB and 1 x 512MB RAM stick combo I’m using. It worked OK in XP for a while, but I seem to remember reading that mixing different RAM isn’t ideal.Posted 7 years agoTheBrickMember
Put live cd in, mount the HD. Open terminal.
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Just go as far as remove all partitions, this should remove any mess. Then try and install from cd again.Posted 7 years ago
hmm you could try downlaoding the Ultimate boot CD and using a partition tool to create the partitions instead of booting into Ubuntu live to do it.
Ranish partition manager on UBCD is pretty decent, cant remember if it can create an EXT4 though.
If your memtest was ok there should be no issue with that memory setup. Sometimes voltages can cause problems if the power supply isnt supplying the correct voltage or its set too low or high in the BIOS. But you would expect memtest to complain if theres a problem.
I believe a Gparted dedicated ISO image also exists. But id probably get UBCD. It is only about 100mb download.Posted 7 years ago
How old is old? Is it an IDE or SATA drive? If it’s SATA, go into BIOS and look to either enable IDE compatibility mode or disable AHCI (it’s the same thing, worded differently).
Again in BIOS, see if there’s any ‘boot sector protection’ or ‘virus protection’ enabled and disable it if so.
See if you’ve an option to “reset configuration data” or “reset ESCD” in BIOS and select it. (this is a one-shot deal and will change back after you reboot, this is normal).
Look on the website for the manufacturer of your motherboard, see if there’s an updated BIOS available.
+1 for ‘try another CD’ – download Ubuntu again, seems to be the common denominator here. Perhaps try a different version.
It’s been a while, but are you forced to go for ext4 partitions? Try using ext3 instead?
Did it work back when you had Windows on it?
+1 also for PenDriveLinux – I use this a lot at the moment, I’ve got a heavily customised UBCD on a stick along with a LiveCD (persistent) Ubuntu install and various rescue tools. It’s fantastic.Posted 7 years ago
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