I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 15R and use Ubuntu as my primary operating system. Well I tried to install all of the following without any success:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 x86-32bit
  • Ubuntu 10.10 x86-64bit
  • Ubuntu 10.10 mini x86-32bit
  • Ubuntu 10.10 mini x86-64bit
  • Lubuntu 10.10
  • Xubuntu 10.10

This was all from the CD-ROM, I then decided to try it from USB with no success. I verified windows 7 is working upon booting into it.

I am kind of lost.

  • What happens when you insert the live CD and reboot?
    – dv3500ea
    Dec 3 '10 at 17:50

So here was the solution. In the BIOS when the PC boots up you press F2. Find the section that has USB Emulation and make sure it is disabled. Not sure what this is doing but I turned it off and it would boot to the standard install fine.

I came across another issue after the install completed though. I would get to the login screen, then login, and hear the standard ubuntu login, but all I could see was the mouse and nothing else appeared on the screen. I've had a simliar issue before with the free & open video driver not working, so what I had to do was press ctrl+alt+F1, this will bring you to a console shell where you can login from there. You will get a terminal once logged in. From there you have to do:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati

This should install the latest ATI drivers from the net. Once they are finished installing then just do a:

sudo reboot

This should start the reboot of your machine, this time try and login again and hopefully it will work.

Note, from the comment below: I have found that after ubuntu is installed and everything is running fine, if I turn on USB emulation for some reason Ubuntu can't boot. Not sure why but I don't need it so it doesn't matter to me.


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