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Trying to Install Ubuntu, Freezing

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Hey all,

So I took my dad's PC since he has switched to a Mac, and I'm trying to install Ubuntu on it.

I have a boot disc for Ubuntu 7.10 (I know, old version. I'm downloading the newest version if this one won't work).

When I boot into ubuntu, everything works fine, until I go to install it. I get through Steps 1 2 and 3, but once I hit forward on step 3, it sits idle.

A progress bar pops up saying "starting up the partitioner" and it gets to 66%, and then stops.

So I tried opening up the Partition Editor in Ubuntu, and it won't load up either.

So I go to computer, and I see there are two partitions on the drive. A 14.9GB Volume and a 61.4GB Volume. When I double click on either volume I get the error "Cannot mount volume"

So I'm wondering.. dead HDD? Because I can't get into the Windows install he had.

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If I try to start it up without the Ubuntu disk, it goes through the PC boot screens, and then I get the error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\\system32\\hal.dll

Something sounds broken.
computer specs?
Get 9.10 now.
Well now I have 9.10.iso on my main rig, and I'm trying to write the image to the disc, but infra recorder isn't doing it right. Keeps saying the burn was successful but the cd is still blank >.> Grrr..
Okay so I got 9.10 burned and popped it in.

Loaded into Ubuntu and then Ubuntu tells me one of the hard drives may be failing, and that it reports some kind of health issue.

Now you know why your dad got rid of the computer. If you boot the live CD, open a Terminal, and run:

smartctl -a /dev/sda
you'll get a detailed health report on the hard drive. Paste it in here and we'll see just how bad it is.
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