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    Ubuntu 10 on a Compaq Presario 2100 won't load on normal boot?

    Hey so I'm trying to breathe life into this old laptop; so I installed Ubuntu on it and ran into a problem loading it in Desktop mode.

    When I want to start into it normally, it gets to the home screen and does a quick frame skip, kind of like an old VHS tape, and then fails to load the toolbars on top and bottom.

    Loading into safe mode works great, but no wireless option seems to be available in safe mode?

    The normal boot even gets to the "Ubuntu!" welcome sound, but... then nothing. I looked up a few Linux keyboard shortcuts and none of them function. So... Any ideas?

    Also did the updates in safe mode. Update Manager did NOTHING when I clicked "install updates" button, so I did it through the terminal sudo get-updates/upgrades.

    I'm a new user without any prior knowledge, but it's probably overdue that I learn

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    Compaq Presario 2100 Notebook PC series- Compaq Presario 2100US Series Notebook - Product Specifications - c00248307 - HP Business Support Center

    If above is your HP Lappy. 256MB of ram is too weak for Ubuntu 10 with gnome.

    You might have to go with a lighter linux Distro maybe.
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    Try lubuntu, AntiX, Legacy, or one of the distro's on>search>older computers.
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    Just to elaborate a little on what MASONTX posted. I am right now on a 1000Hz , 256MB ram Laptop

    running AntiX 8.5 pretty smoothly.

    System:    Host biker Kernel 2.6.34-stevo i686 (32 bit) Distro antiX-M8.5 Marek Edelman 11 April 2010
    @biker:~$ apt-cache policy opera
      Installed: 11.01.1190
      Candidate: 11.01.1190
      Version table:
     *** 11.01.1190 0
            500 squeeze/non-free i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    @biker:~$ java -version
    java version "1.6.0_24"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_24-b07)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 19.1-b02, mixed mode, sharing)
    @biker:~$ apt-cache policy flashplugin-nonfree
      Installed: 1:2.8.3
      Candidate: 1:2.8.3
      Version table:
     *** 1:2.8.3 0
            901 testing/contrib i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    Never tried Lubuntu so no experience with it on a low ram laptop.
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    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

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