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Installing 12.10 Desktop i386 via USB and not winning so far. Following http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-desktop-latest and it gets to step 9 displaying the screen "Learn more about Ubuntu while the system install..." and then it changes to a black screen with a small spinning wheel and the following text on top:

[ 7.232452] xor: automatically using best checksumming function:

[ 7.272005] pIII_see : 1856.000 MB-sec

And then it just stays there. Its installing on a brand new 500GB HDD as the only system. I tried Windows XP before but it failed as it seemed like my XP CD was damaged. So I'm trying Ubuntu as advised by many but so far not getting anywhere.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my first attempt at Ubuntu or any Linux based OS.

thanks Neville

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Did you check the iso ? help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM –  bodhi.zazen Feb 19 '13 at 20:23
    
I downloaded from ubuntu.com/download/desktop. Do I really need to check Ubuntu's own iso's? –  Neville Feb 19 '13 at 20:38
    
Yes, to see if the download is corrupt. –  bodhi.zazen Feb 19 '13 at 20:39
    
Ok, MD5 checksum verified and correct. However when getting the hash to check for my iso from help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes, I noticed there is an iso for AMD... I downloaded ubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso as that is the only option ubuntu.com gives? Do I need the AMD iso for my PC as it has an AMD CPU? If so, how do I get that iso? –  Neville Feb 19 '13 at 21:12
    
Please elaborate on your system specs. Which AMD CPU? How old? A 500GB HDD may indicate that it is a non-PAE-enabled CPU that won't run the generic PAE kernel. –  aquaherd Feb 19 '13 at 21:15
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Ok, so 12.10 is not for older machines. Read other posts where users complained about similar experiences. I even tried installing from CD instead of USB in case my USB was faulty, same results.

I eventually found an old 8.04 build lying around, popped that in and it installed like a dream. It is currently upgrading to 10.something and I'll see how far it goes.

Bottom line, if you're running an older machine with older hardware, perhaps stay clear of 12.10 for now.

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