i tried installing the latest ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS on an older dell optiplex 330 desktop that i have. I downloaded ubuntu from my laptop and used rufus to load it to a usd drive. I then installed it to my desktop with out problem until it restarted, it loaded and froze at the ubuntu load window. The mouse is frozen but i still have keyboard function. Not sure how to trouble shoot this. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. Does your hardware meet the minimum requires for Ubuntu 18.04? Refer help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements where it states "& 4096 MiB RAM (system memory) & 3D Acceleration Capable Videocard with at least 256 MB" A quick look at dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/… showed not all 330's meet that, and you may find one of the flavors as being better suited (eg. xubuntu 18.04). It could also be graphics related; so I suggest adding the following (inc. output) to your question sudo lshw -C video – guiverc Aug 10 '18 at 1:58
  • fyi: lshw means list-hardware '-C video' limits the output to video class; sudo elevates privileges (superuser do) – guiverc Aug 10 '18 at 2:00
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0 – tropical fantasy Aug 11 '18 at 6:16
  • Dell Optiplex 330 Energy Smart Desktop Computer (Intel Core 2 Duo E2180 2.00GHz, DDR2 SDRAM 512MB, 160GB) specs – tropical fantasy Aug 11 '18 at 6:17
  • You should have edited your question, and added the specs there. Either way you don't have the ram recommended for Ubuntu 18.04.1 desktop. Your machine will run Ubuntu Server, and may run Xubuntu or Lubuntu 18.04 LTS according to that page I previously provided, but not GNOME based Ubuntu 18.04 itself as you don't have the required ram. If if froze with disk light flashing or almost constant on, it was paging memory to disk or 'thrashing' & if left long enough (days) it may have got somewhere, but GNOME is not light. Lubuntu uses LXDE, and Xubuntu use XFCE which are much lighter. – guiverc Aug 11 '18 at 6:39

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