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I'm trying to install 11.04 but after a while it will start showing a stream of random characters on screen, then get stuck and finally open BusyBox. If I type exit there I come up with a "Panic occurred, switching back to text console" error and from there the loading won't progress. What's wrong?

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How are you installing 11.04? have you tried another version or alternative? (64/32?) i'm sorry, but we need to know more to help you better. –  Alvar Sep 28 '11 at 15:33
    
I don't know whether this netbook has a 64-bit processor or not, but it's an Intel Atom N450 and I think it might support 64-bit. The version I've downloaded is ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386 –  Gabriele Cirulli Sep 28 '11 at 15:35
    
did you install it with a live-cd CD or a USB? Have you tried using another install of the version (reinstall the system on a new/same usb/cd? ) –  Alvar Sep 28 '11 at 15:57
    
I'm doing it through USB, and no I haven't tried on another system because currently none of the systems in my house support booting from USB, and the Aspire One has no CD reader. –  Gabriele Cirulli Sep 28 '11 at 16:22
    
try and reinstall the Ubuntu version you downloaded, something might have gone wrong. Btw have you Google your computer to see if it's supported at all? –  Alvar Sep 28 '11 at 16:24

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Since your model isn't supported in the official list then I suggest you try an older version that is supported like 10.10 or 10.04 LTS.

it would make it easier to help you more if we knew the exact model.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne

I would guess from your tips that your model is Aspire One 532h.

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My experience (and logic) says that hardware support in older versions of Ubuntu should be WORSE then in newer ones - apart from maybe additional requirements such as 3D graphics for Unity. I mean, development process consists of adding features and fixing bugs, not removing features and adding bugs :) So, in this light, I would try to install 11.10 to see if it works, not some old version. –  Sergey Sep 28 '11 at 22:23
    
well if LTS or 10.10 is supported then I would start there and if i really would want to. Then I would upgrade to 11.04 or 11.10. But my tip wait a couple of weeks after 11.10 is released so you don't get a million bugs. I know it feels like something is wrong when you have to use an old version of Linux because of compatibility issues. And 10.04 hasn't that much support, for like laptops. –  Alvar Sep 29 '11 at 4:47

We need a little more info, How far into the "install" are you getting? Can you boot to the LiveCD version?

As for an answer, I find when the installer fails, I found using the alternate installer will do the job.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/alternative-download Click the location near you link, navigate to the version you want to install and select the alternate one, with the correct architecture.

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No, I cannot boot into the live CD. I'll try the alternate version. –  Gabriele Cirulli Sep 28 '11 at 14:30

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