This isnt so much a problem now as I no longer have it, but I'd like to know what causes it if possible.
I have an old computer (Pentium II 350Mhz, 64mb Ram, Intel BX440 motherboard I believe, 6.1Gb Hard drive) and I've tried so far.
Both Ubuntu and DSL would take over an hour to boot up, Ubuntu wouldnt give an error, it would just freeze on the word
"boot" when it was loading up (it did about 5 lines of text that seemed to suggest it was loading things up, and then it would say "boot") and it would stay there, no discernable hard drive activity and it stayed like that for about an hour and ten mins (I found out because I just left it like it and went off to get a cup of coffee, watched tv and forgot about it as I walked back in the room it sprang to life again) after that period it loaded fine, everything worked.
DSL (a live cd) would run, and just freeze, I didnt hang around the hour needed for ubuntu to load up so I left it 30 mins and then quit it.
I think its hardware detection but then..
I installed Xandros Linux (another debian based install) boots up fine, and for the hardware detection phase, it zooms through without stopping, bootup time is in about a minute.
Any idea what could be causing these problems?. I am downloading slackware 10 (first time I've ever used slackware) now to see if that gives me the same problems.