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I've been at this for a couple of days now, and have made some progress thanks to many of the questions and answers here.

First, the machine info:

Steps taken:

  • Created 14.04 USB boot disk using UUI
  • adjusted BIOS to boot from USB
  • initially I would get a grey screen with a cursor... and then blank and nothing. Except, apparently, it was still trying to install in the background, it was just that the monitor was off
  • using TAB at the Ubuntu install screen and adding NOMODESET to the (kernel?) line got me a lot farther, but I'm stuck again.
  • Sidenote: simply adding nomodeset doesn't help at all. Backspacing through 'quiet splash' before adding nomodeset gets me one result (full log of the boot/install process before it dies - see video below) and moving the cursor back past quiet splash before adding nomodeset gets me another result: the screen with 4 dots
  • in either of the above cases, I eventually end up on a blank screen that stays that way indefinitely. However, if I hit ctrl-alt-del, the screen comes to life to show the install shutting down and the system restarts. is there any other keystroke I could try here to kick start something other than a reboot?
  • it doesn't appear to make a difference if I choose 'install' or 'try' Ubuntu.

For your viewing pleasure, I recorded the whole process in the hopes that someone would see a clue to the problem. https://youtu.be/ikISzmkPTtc

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When I look at the specs of that touchcomputer, you probably don't have enough RAM to run a recent version of ubuntu.

I would go with lubuntu.

You will find the lubuntu install iso here.

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  • Would that cause the issues I'm seeing? Or would those issue be in addition, once I get installed? (downloading Lubuntu now - thanks) – Colin Feb 11 '16 at 0:24
  • Looking @ the specs file again, your chipset and the 'Intel GMA900' GPU should work out of the box with lubuntu. The touch feature of your screen might need some 'tuning'. I am pretty confident that you should be able to do a successful lubuntu installation. – minimec Feb 11 '16 at 0:57
  • Well, I certainly get a lot further with Lubuntu (I think). Now it hangs at a point after this line: [ OK ] Reached target Sound Card. Also, the screen flickers erratically... and nothing happens. – Colin Feb 12 '16 at 4:37
  • I'm going to try an earlier release and see what happens. Will report back tomorrow. – Colin Feb 12 '16 at 4:57
  • Earlier release didn't work either... sigh – Colin Feb 12 '16 at 17:27

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