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ATTEMPTING TO INSTALL LINUX PART DEUX

Filed under: Linux for Newb's — aaron at 6:18 am on Friday, January 2, 2009

Ok, where’d I leave off.  Oh yeah, at the asscrack of dawn on the 31st…failing, as one would expect from a “newb.”  Believe many of my problems may actually be hardware related on some level, but cannot decipher the main cause. Optical Drive is the most likely candidate.  Moving on.

12/31/2009
9:51pm  Compy DBAN’d, attempting install of UBUNTU release 8.10 again.  Background looks like a blood smear in DEADSPACE. “Partitions Formatting” – ext3 again – 5% again.  Let’s see if it goes any further…15%…Scanning Files.  Copying files at 22%, I get excited, but, you know, not in that way.

10:02pm  INSTALLATION FAILED. Error copying files to HDD [Errno5].  Multitude of causes include a faulty optical drive, bad HDD, too hot, I call BS and go with the last possible cause “burn speed.”

11:18pm  Attempting to install UBUNTU 8.10 at 8x burn speed. Optical Drive churning away. Background up, beginning installation, FROZEN at Partitioner.  Failure.  Time to celebrate the New Year with lotsa drinkin’.

01/01/2009

1:59am  Frustrated with UBUNTU, I’m experimenting with a liveCD of a release called BERRY.  The Desktop Background is a kitten melded into a desert wasteland.  Written in the lower left margin of the screen is “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL O/S IN THE WORLD.” If by beautiful, I hope they mean the code because this….this is just apalling. Oh FRACK, I click some random gear button and up pops another kitten.  This Distro was developed by Satan and his demon buddies…and possibly Kevin Rose.  Ok, big NO and big waste of time.

3:34am  Still a no go on the UBUNTU front.  What is the fracking problem?!?!?!11?  Will continue to hack away at it.

5:32am  Browsed around on the intarwebz and came across the FEDORA distribution 10.  Burning it at 16x and installing.  FAILURE.

01/02/2009

4:32pm   Attempting installation of FEDORA 10 again. SUCCESS, FINALLY SUCCESS, I NOW HAVE A SYSTEM RUNNING LINUX (though I wish it were a laptop so I could tinker with it in my recliner as opposed to on this monstrosity of a former laptop with a possible bad optical drive and as opposed to working in my office where it is less than comfortable given certain medical conditions).  UH OH, a pop up tells me there’s a kernel error.  BAH! I sent a report off to the FEDORA folk, this may seem interesting in the future  if I run into a problem; at that point I may be able to fix it.

5:00pm  Ok…so, Fedora 10 seems like…any other operating system really. I’m writing this post on the intarwebz (@ 5:12am) on it.  I’ll just have to tinker with it more I suppose.  As Fedora is supposed to be based off Red Hat, certain knowledge I acquire may assist me in future endeavours (MONEY).  Don’t get me wrong, I like the nice, clean GUI with the blue burning sun ‘n all, but…I want to get down to the nitty-gritty as they say around here.  I want to learn command line functions.  I also want to start learning more about programming languages such as C++ (antiquated or not), PERL, JAVA, etc.  I want to be able to do what SNIDE does on a day to day basis and type in a few commands and have complete control over my machine (or someone elses, heh).  It’s all going to take time though.  Time.  Crap, The time setting is wrong on this thing, I have to fix that, oh, and they make it really easy.  Where’s the fun in that?

Until next time fellow NEWBS.





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4 Comments »

Comment by stlouisubntu

January 3, 2009 @ 11:48 am

One solution that has worked for me using the alternate install Ubuntu CD when installs have failed (both on Dells)
is to pre-parttion using a light distribution live CD containing GParted such as Puppy or Pmagic. Using Gparted,
I deleted all partitions (was doing a single install, not
a dual boot) and re-created the partitions from scratch (and
formatted the filesystems.) Gparted is the one used on the
Ubuntu live CD, but not the alternate (I think the alternate
uses partman or something.) This worked for me and I thought it might help though it looks like you might be done with Ubuntu for now.

Comment by Bulbous

January 3, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

Well that’s what happens when you buy a Toshiba. My first laptop was Tosh – superb. And the second, third.
My 4th was a Toshiba which just upped and died 13 months into a 12 month warranty.
My 5th was an HP, but for some incredible reason I also bought a Tecra which was like some stoneage P.O.S. which also died after 14 months.
Toshiba were one of the leaders of the laptop revolution – but they’ve really dropped the ball now. I currently use to HPs a TC4400 Tablet and a Compaq 6710B.
I wouldn’t mind so much if the Tosh’s were cheaper.
My 2 HPs have both successfully installed, Centos 4, Centos 5, OpenSuse 10.2/10.3, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Ubunto 8.something.
Never, ever, ever buy a Toshiba craptop.

Comment by Roy Schestowitz

January 3, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

All these experiences enhance your knowledge. Handle with joy.

Comment by Greg

January 3, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

Sounds like you have a bad dl. Did you check the hash?

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