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    Arrow Trouble installing Ubuntu (again)

    Im attempting to install linux for the second time and its proving to be just as difficult as the first. I originally tried Fiesty Fawn (iirc) on a dell desktop and it gave me a ton of problems during the install, repeatedly freezing and restarting. I am now attempting to install 8.04 on a totally different computer and I am having similar issues.

    I am installing on a Dell Inspiron 5100 with a 2.4ghz intel and 512ddr memory and a 15gb hdd. Last night the install failed twice both times it crawled through the 7 setup steps and then froze while loading the partition setup. There is nothing wrong with the hardware because, xp installed perfectly.

    Is this a common issue or am I doing something wrong?

    Also....I am looking to install the version of ubuntu that looks similar to windows and uses the compiz fusion 3d desktop, do i need to install KDE or Gnome?

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    Blackfooted Penguin daark.child's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
    West Yorks
    You should probably go with KDE if you need something that looks a bit like Windows (or that can be configured to look like Windows). If Ubuntu does not work, have you tried other distros e.g. openSUSE, Mandriva, Fedora etc.

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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    Have you tried the alternate CD to do the install?

    Ed: added link to download ... don't forget to check the alternate desktop cd box just below the start download link

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    I eventually got Fedora installed on the other computer but Ubuntu seems to be pretty popular and I would like to give it a try. I just can't figure why 2 different cd's being installed on 2 different systems would have the same problem. I just dl'd 8.10 so Ill give that a try tonight.

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    Ill search for that, whats the difference? i think i used the alternate on the last pc, this disc didnt specify alternate or live.

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Alternate Installation CD has text based installer. It works fine in most machines having Graphics Card problem.
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    I finally got 8.04 and GOS installed, in both instances I had to use the live mode and choose the install option from that desktop. No other method worked. I don't have the 3d desktop option I was looking for but I assume I can add that package later.

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