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Brand new to Linux so please have patience with a newbie and thanks in advance for any help. Have a Dell Inspiron 2600 running W2K SP4 w/325 with 325 m ...
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    Can't get Linux to install!


    Brand new to Linux so please have patience with a newbie and thanks in advance for any help.
    Have a Dell Inspiron 2600 running W2K SP4 w/325 with 325 m of ram.
    Have downloaded and burnt ISO's for 3 different versions of Linux but all 3 will boot up and start to run but then go to a blank screen with a blinking cursor, during which time the screen displays some strange graphics. The Dell recognizes the CD-R and will list the files. I can't get the program to run from the CD either. After the failed attempts the laptop will boot to Windows OK.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks
    Mike

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    Did you check md5sum of iso file downloads? Did you burn the CD by selecting burn image? What distros are you trying to install? What is your graphics card?

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    Does your BIOS support booting from USB so you can try booting the ISOs from a USB device instead?

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    Thanks for replying but no, the BIOS doesn't support USB booting

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    Have tried Kubuntu, Fedora and Puppy from download. Tried a factory CD of Umbuntu 7.1. I've looked at the md5sum file, but this poor soul has no idea what he's looking at!
    My graphics is Intel 830M. Just tried the Kubunto again. The splash screen comes up and I choose full instal. New splash screen and choose load. Screen goes to blank w/a blinking cursor. Basically the same thing happens on all loads, except when loading Ubuntu, during the blank screen phase the speaker turns on a couple times with what sounds like a flushing sound. (How appropriate!)
    Thanks for your time!
    Mike

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    try installing latest ubuntu using ubuntu alternate installer disk

    ubuntu 7.10 is old and unsupported and you will have hardware issues with it

    you have to check md5sum of the downloaded file and verify it against the md5sum that the distro says it should be

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM

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