Sunday, February 20, 2011

Not quite...

Okay the battle over my pc is serious. The hardware is all in place I'm just now having problems with the operating system. I'm trying to install Unbuntu but its a slow go (if you are reading and have tips by all means share the wealth).



desipis said...

Danny, I use Ubuntu extensively at work and also at home for my media PC, so I might be able to help if you're stuck on any particular issue. (Although currently on the Lucid/10.04 release rather than the latest Maverick/10.10).

Beyond that I can only really ask if you've been successful in getting the LiveCD "Try Ubuntu without installing" up and running. The main things that I've had trouble with in the past are auxiliary functions such as sound or wireless networking.

Danny said...

Right now I'm trying to put 10.10 on my machine and after a lot of trial and error I found an Alternative Installer that I'm trying. I started it a while ago and its now on the partition stage where I chose "Guided - use entire disk". It shot up to 33% but its been there for the last 2 hours almost. Its a 1TB drive so it might just take a long time but I'm not sure.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance.

desipis said...

2 hours seems excessive. These days an install shouldn't take longer than about 15-20 minutes, even for a large drive. There are a couple of questions that might provide useful information:

1) From what I recall there is usually descriptive text saying what stage the install is up to either above or below the progress bar. What does/did the text say?

2) Was/is the mouse cursor still movable when it was stuck at 33%?

3) Are you basing the computer off the hardware mentioned in this post?

Aside from those questions, it's possible there's a hardware issue causing it to halt. There's two things I can recommend:

1) Check the SATA cables between the harddrive and motherboard are connected properly. I had a situation recently where my media PC would run fine until heavy disk load at which point it crashed. It turned out the cables were too loose. There is data correction/checking on the connection but it can only go so far; an install will likely put a heavy load on the drive.

2) Use the "memcheck" feature on the Ubuntu install disc to check the memory for errors. It's not uncommon, particularly for cheaper brands (or no-name brands), to have broken sticks. These errors can create all sorts of confusing and seemingly random problems. If the memcheck tool reports any errors it's an indication the memory sticks are faulty and need to be replaced (presumably under warranty if recently bought).

Danny said...

1. Text says, "Creating ext4 file system for / in partition #1 of SCSI6 (0,0,0) (sda)....

2. I haven't seen a mouse cursor yet.

3. Wow that was a long time ago. I was actually gonna do a new post with the full hardware list. Here's the full list:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 DDR3 (PC3 10600)

VIDEO: HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

OPTICAL: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B

POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V

HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


1. I've checked the cables and they appear to be snug.

2. It looks like I'll have to restart the machine to get to that memecheck but it looks like I have no other choice.