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I reformatted my laptop's hard drive because my Windows XP installation was damaged, and now I am trying to boot from the CD and install 11.10, but the installation just won't start.

I have a 2.4 GHz Intel Celeron single core processor and 240 MB of RAM, and a 40 GB hard drive in the system I want to use Ubuntu on, it is a Toshiba Sattelite A15.

Are those requirements strong enough or no?

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Your system does not meet the minimum requirements to install Ubuntu. As JoeSteiger suggests, you can try installing a more light-weight distribution, however, from looking at their minimum requirements, it looks like Lubuntu may be a better choice for your machine.

Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements/

  • 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
  • 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
  • 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
  • VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
  • Internet access is helpful

Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

To install or try Xubuntu within the Desktop/Live CD, you need 256 MB of memory. Installing with the Alternative CD requires only 64 MB. Once installed, it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB of memory, but you can run with 256 MB too.

Lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM. Desktop CD should not be used to install on systems with less than 1 GB of RAM. Please download the alternate ISO.

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The Recommended Minimum System Requirements, here, should allow even someone fairly new to installing Ubuntu or Gnu&Linux to easily install a usable system with enough room to be comfortable. A good "rule of thumb" is that machines that could run XP, Vista, Windows 7 or x86 OS X will almost always be a lot faster with Ubuntu even if they are lower-spec than described below. Simply try Ubuntu CD as a LiveCD first to check the hardware works.

Ubuntu Desktop Edition

  • 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
  • 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
  • 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)1

So based on the information above, you don't have enough ram to run Ubuntu. For your system, I would recommend Xubuntu, or Lubuntu.

1Source:Recommended Minimum System Requirements

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Including more information by posting the system requirements for both DE's would help your answer :) –  atenz Aug 25 '12 at 7:20

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