How does one troubleshoot a “Low Graphics Mode” error when they are trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 on an older computer?
The computer involed is a quite old one:
- Fujistu-Siemens Scenic P300
- Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
- integrated SIS 661 graphics controller
- 2 GB of RAM
The system ran Windows XP smoothly and then its hard drive busted. I have purchased a new hard drive and I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.10. My BIOS recognizes the hard drive and the computer begins to boot with a boot disk. The screen turns purple, is says Ubuntu 12.10 with dots below, I can see a screen with a keyboard and a man.
Eventually the system goes through cycles in which it seems to be trying different graphics setting (screen resolution). Without success, the system gives an error message indicating that it will revert to “Low Graphics Mode”. I hit “OK” the screen turns gray and the installation seems to halt.
While I have seen posts on how to deal with “Low Graphics Mode” problems, I have not seen one that grapples with this problem with a system that currently lacks an operating system.
Other details: I read that when the screen shows the symbol for a keyboard and a man, you can press any key on the keyboard to access an alternative menu. This did not work for me. I can access command lines after the error message.