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Im using a single core 2.8Ghz pc with 1Gb ram and 400Gb harddrive.

On installing either 12.10 or 12.04 I get an Error Code 5 input / output error halfway through the install.

I have tried 5 CD's of different speeds 3 hard drives (although I want to use the 400Gb one) 2 different CD rom drives and 2 different IDE cables.

After reading through the forum I have booted Ubuntu into "try it" mode and accessed the disk utility which confirms the harddrive is healthy. I have unmounted the drive, formatted and remounted, I have also repartitioned the drive.

Im not doing anything fancy, its a vanilla install and Im selecting default options.

Still getting the same error, its driving me mad.

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Is your 1GB of Ram one stick or two? If it's two try removing one and trying to install again! http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/errno-5-input-output-error-639355/#post3332486

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Ok I have swapped the memory from another machine (only 512Mb), fingers crossed –  hardhat_harry Jan 10 '13 at 1:00
Good luck! If it's succesful you should just be able to put back in the 1GB of RAM after you've it installed and set up. –  Merri Jan 10 '13 at 1:16
No still failed and it always fails on the Any Questions install screen –  hardhat_harry Jan 10 '13 at 1:32
Ah, sorry I'm all out of ideas! –  Merri Jan 10 '13 at 1:38
mmmmm 10.04 installs without a problem......bizarre –  hardhat_harry Jan 10 '13 at 12:22
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Used 10.04 to migrate to 12.04.

Once in 12.04 it was apparent that one of the DIMMs was faulty.

Replacement of DIMM fixed issue

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