I am trying to install Lubuntu on this old laptop. I first tried Ubuntu but when running live from usb, it gave me an error: end Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unkown-block(2,8) I checked, the checksum is ok, noting with the graphics and tried to create the usb with Universal USB Installer and Unetbuntin. What is there to do?

EDIT: Also, GParted gave me a similar error. Up to date, the only OS that worked is DamnSmallLinux.

EDIT: The USB boot successfully and I am get to a menu where I can choose options, like memory testing, installing Lubuntu or booting without installing. After choosing an option(except memory testing, that one is fine), it pause for about 5 minutes then bring this error message.

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    What file system is on usb ? – EdiD Feb 13 '16 at 21:37
  • Looks like the disk is not being set up correctly: it is trying to boot directly from a floppy disk rather than loading the initramfs and booting from the usb. Try burning the image to a dvd instead. – psusi Feb 13 '16 at 22:38
  • It is using fat32. I will retry to boot from a CD, last time the laptop would get stuck for about a minute, sounded like he was trying to spin the CD and was failing, and after booted Windows from the hard drive. The weird thing, Windows could read the CD. – jonapap Feb 13 '16 at 23:36
  • Live DVD not working. It boot, I chose an option, example install lubuntu, then pause for an eternity and does noting. You can hear the dvd reader spining, doing a little click and doing the same thing, spining, click... Begining to think it is an hardware problem. Also a little note, I am using a DVD-RW. – jonapap Feb 14 '16 at 17:17
  • Spoke to fast, live USB with alternate lubuntu seem to work. – jonapap Feb 14 '16 at 17:19

Here is what ended up working. I installed alternate Lubuntu on a USB with Unetbuntin, booted the computer and worked! Hope this will help other persons with a similar problem.

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