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My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?

Older laptop currently running xp, only 128mb ram too. Is 128 just too small? But, 20+ gigs free hard drive and it's been defragmented. When I try to install Ubuntu from a CD I get the screen that says ubuntu and has the four red dots and then eventually goes blank and I just hear hard drive noises. Stays this way indefinitely (shut it off after half a day). Burned another cd, at slow writing speed too, and dl is from Ubuntu and get same result. Any help much appreciated!

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, Tom Brossman, Jjed, Takkat, hexafraction Sep 22 '12 at 19:10

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

128 is way too small. See: you need a minimum of 384 Mb and that's scraping the bottom of the barrel in performance.

It could be a hardware incompatibility or memory exhaustion that is keeping your install from working. Try

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thanks a bunch! – John Smith Sep 19 '12 at 0:52

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