Linux/Ubuntu rookie here, so please be patient, and thank you in advance for any help!
I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 Server 32-bit on my old Dell Dimension E310. When I boot it up, it takes me to the GRUB bootloader, and I select the 12.04 Server option. After that, things are slightly inconsistent. Usually, I will see some of the text fly through on the screen as it's loading it all up, and then the whole machine suddenly reboots without ever fully loading. Sometimes, it will be a black screen for a few seconds, and then restart. And rarely, it will be black, and just hang up indefinitely until I have to force a shutdown.
If I boot into recovery mode from GRUB, and then once at the recovery screen select normal and continue on, everything works just fine, and I can get on and use the server as expected.
At first, I ended up just reformatting the entire drive and doing a completely fresh install, this time with a CD instead of the USB, but I still get the same issue.
Also, to add to the mystery, before I had 12.04 Server, I had 12.04 Desktop doing the exact same thing. 12.04 Desktop is still installed on the second hard drive in the server if that's relevant, but I eventually plan to clear that all off, so I'm only looking to get 12.04 Server running. To clarify, Server is on one hard drive, Desktop is on the other.
Please let me know if there is any additional information I can provide to help diagnose or solve the issue! I'm new, but I'm motivated to learn. :) Just a bit stumped at the moment! Thanks again!