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    New build sees Windoze, not Ubuntu


    Am building a new computer which has a Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G mobo, Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor, Diamond Viper X1650 Pro 8X AGP video, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU.

    So far, in addition to the above, have only connected a CDRom to run setup CD's and a series of HDD's, one of which came out of a Dell 4500 with XP Pro already installed on it. Interestingly the latter was able to boot and run XP at least to a screen that says that I need to register/validate. (I supose it realizes that it is in a differnet hardware setup, but at least it booted!)

    Have tried to use an XP Home install CD and an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop CD. The XP install CD gets as far as the partitioning screen and can see the four (linux, although it calls them "Unknown format") partitions. I don't need to install XP since this HDD already has Ubuntu installed and if I go any further with the XP install it will want to format the entire disk (since it will not be able to read C. I just am testing the hardware to see that everything is "seen".

    The Ubunutu (virtual desktop) install, however, gets through the screen with the moving bar (activity indicator), then the bar that starts filling from the left and when it fills all the way to the right, switches to the next step in the install but at that point the screen goes dark and in a bit the CD stops reading.

    Why can windows see the partitions, but Ubunutu cannot?

    Why is Ubunutu shutting down?

    TIA

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    I'm probably incorrectly describing the Ubuntu CD. It was mailed to me by Canonical and is entitled: "Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition."

    When it boots, you get several choices, the first being to install the virtual desktop, the second being a full install.

    Both go black and do not complete the install. I have no idea what it is doing during the period that the moving bar is on the screen, but surely one thing is to check for hardware compatibility.

    Further I have no idea why it is stopping. However since the Windoze install seems to be able to complete, is there possibly a hardware incompatibility?

    I forgot to mention that the video card is only DVI output and this computer is connected to an old crt monitor via an adapter. Could this be causing the problem?

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    I seem to be having a good conversation with myself here.

    More:

    Found CD integrity check and the memory test on the Ubunutu install CD. CD checks out fine, and running memory checknow.

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    Almost 24 hours later, I guess I should ask if anyone can recommend a more active forum where I might get some assistance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    Am building a new computer which has a Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G mobo, Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor, Diamond Viper X1650 Pro 8X AGP video, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU.

    So far, in addition to the above, have only connected a CDRom to run setup CD's and a series of HDD's, one of which came out of a Dell 4500 with XP Pro already installed on it. Interestingly the latter was able to boot and run XP at least to a screen that says that I need to register/validate. (I supose it realizes that it is in a differnet hardware setup, but at least it booted!)

    Have tried to use an XP Home install CD and an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop CD. The XP install CD gets as far as the partitioning screen and can see the four (linux, although it calls them "Unknown format") partitions. I don't need to install XP since this HDD already has Ubuntu installed and if I go any further with the XP install it will want to format the entire disk (since it will not be able to read C. I just am testing the hardware to see that everything is "seen".

    The Ubunutu (virtual desktop) install, however, gets through the screen with the moving bar (activity indicator), then the bar that starts filling from the left and when it fills all the way to the right, switches to the next step in the install but at that point the screen goes dark and in a bit the CD stops reading.

    Why can windows see the partitions, but Ubunutu cannot?

    Why is Ubunutu shutting down?

    TIA
    There are a couple of things I'm not following. When you say 'virtual desktop' do you mean live cd? And if so, it would seem you're running from CD but you mention that Windows XP sees your partitions. So are you running from a livecd or have you completed installation?

    The last thing is that you should try running with ACPI disabled. When Grub, the bootloader, comes up you can hit 'e' to edit it and append acpi=off to the kernel line. Then hit enter followed by b to boot with acpi turned off. See if that gets you any further.

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    Apologies. I guess my post was confusing.

    At the beginning, some hours ago, I attempted to boot from several different hdd's with various versions of Windoze and Ubuntu. Only the one XP Pro actually booted.

    I stopped my attempts to boot from hdd's and reset the bios so that the 1,2,3 boot options are to boot from CD.

    All of the Windoze install CD's will take an install all of the way through, but I stop at the formatting stage as it is unproductive to take it any further.

    Where I am now, is attempting to install Ubunutu 8.04. The situation is as described in the original post, and the problem is that the Ubunutu install, whether to a live CD (virtual desktop) or full install, fails and the screen goes dark.

    I suspect the problem has to do with the video card.

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    OK, it appears that the culprit is a mismatch between the video card and CRT. I found a 7.10 Ubuntu CD with a boot into safe video option. It brings up the live cd desktop just fine. Thanks for all your help.

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