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Im trying to install xubuntu on my Dell Latitude CPx H500GT of the live disc.

i put the disc in, set in bios to boot from cd. brings up the screen with selections to start or install, check for errors, etc. after i choose to start or install, it brings up the loading screen (as usual), then hangs up on a blank screen with a flashing underscore.

any ideas? or does anyone know of any sites that have a way to fix this problem on this particular machine?
    
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Does it let you select options for the install and then hang up when it goes to work? or does it hang up before then?
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post #3 of 16
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it lets me select an option no problem. then it says loading kernel or whatever (as it normally does when you install linux), then it brings up the load screen for xubuntu and that is followed by the blank screen with blinking _ . it seems to only be a problem on this laptop. i was trying to do it with ubuntu and knoppix also, but it wouldnt work (knoppix was different though, not going to get into that). i wanted to see if it was just a disc problem, which it wasnt because when i checked i installed it no problem on another machine. its just this laptop, sometimes on the blank screen it brings up an error to do with fd0 (floppy drive i believe), other times, just stays blank.
    
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double post

k now im on some sort of command prompt instead of just _ .

says type help and then i do that, and it gives me a list of built-in commands.
cant figure out what to do from here. this time i selected start xubuntu in graphics mode or whatever.
    
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post #5 of 16
Mine wouldn't let me run the LiveCD either but it installed just fine. You could get the Xubuntu x86 alternative.iso and try it. Xubuntu is great.
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yeah i just got the regular xubuntu x86, not the alternative one. ill give that a try. thank god for double sided cd-r's lol.
    
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post #7 of 16
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sorry for yet another double post

i downloaded, burnt, and tried to install the alternate version and it walked me through the keyboard layout part and everything. but after the locating hardware part, the blue screen thing (not the bsod) was blank and it was hanging there doing nothing...what the heck is wrong with this laptop!?! i cant get any distro of linux to work that ive tried. ive tried knoppix, ubuntu, xubuntu, xubuntu alternate, and was going to try fedora but i dont have dvd's.
    
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wow. that sucks. how old is the laptop?
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its a crappy old Pentium 3, Dell Latitude CPx H500GT, i dont know exactly how old it is. but it should install on it. dont know why it isnt.
    
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How much memory does it have?
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