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Hey guys, I've been trying to install the latest Ubuntu on a Toshiba A15-S1292 laptop that I am trying to revive for use. When I run the disk is loads up for a while, up to the Ubuntu logo with the loading lights under it. Thats as far as I get, the screen just turns black as if its waiting to run the installer. I can't get to the installation process at all. I have waited up to an hour with nothing happening. The whole time, the CD is spinning so I dont know what the problem could be. I have also tried the latest Fedora as well with the same problems.

Am I not doing something correctly? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Are you able to use the cd as a live cd?
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Can you try picking memtest86 from the boot menu and testing your RAM?
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Ubuntu includes mem test 86+. Are you able to boot normally using a non windows program besides ubuntu? eg mem test, etc.?
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Are you able to use the cd as a live cd?
No not at all. I cant even get to the selection menu.

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Can you try picking memtest86 from the boot menu and testing your RAM?
How would I do this, and what's the purpose of this?

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Wow, that laptop is old. I would recommend the Netbook Remix version, it will run alot faster because its less intensive and is optimized for single core cpus.
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Ah, I was under the impression that you could make it to the selection menu. Since you can't, your best bet would be to burn a memtest86 LiveCD (iso is here: http://www.memtest86.com/)

I'm guessing it's either a bad download/burn of the CD, or a RAM issue. If you still have the Ubuntu iso, you could check the md5sum to make sure the download wasn't corrupted.

Did you verify the iso after you burned it?
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Ah, I was under the impression that you could make it to the selection menu. Since you can't, your best bet would be to burn a memtest86 LiveCD (iso is here: http://www.memtest86.com/)

I'm guessing it's either a bad download/burn of the CD, or a RAM issue. If you still have the Ubuntu iso, you could check the md5sum to make sure the download wasn't corrupted.

Did you verify the iso after you burned it?
Yeah, it passed verification. I'll go ahead and do that. Thanks.
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IIRC There are a few different versions of the Ubuntu iso available - one with and another w/o Live functionm and one with a text based installer with menus. The OPs laptop has enough power to run full boat Ubuntu but may possibly have some ACPI "hinkyness" presenting problems for graphic install. Once you can see a boot menu you can choose "options" and pass things like "acpi=off" if you're still having problems.

Obviously the md5sum comes first. Bottom line one of them should work. You could also quickly download and burn a dedicated LiveCD like Puppy or Slax to help discover what boot options should be used because they seem to work out-of-the-box on everything.
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