Trouble installing 7.10
bbales at cox.net
Sun Nov 18 23:02:00 GMT 2007
On Sunday 18 November 2007 16:03, D. R. Evans wrote:
> Bruce Bales said the following at 11/18/2007 12:45 PM :
> > Hi, Guys,
> > I downloaded the iso for Kubuntu Gutsy 7.10 to update my Dapper
> > 6.06 systems and burned the CD using k3b. Spent an hour trying
> > to get that working0 and then downloaded another iso from another
> > mirror and got the same result.
> What do you mean when you say that you spent an hour "trying to get
> that working"? What didn't work:
> Didn't it boot?
> Did it fail during the installation?
> Did it install fine but fail to boot afterwards?
> Please give us more information. I for one can't even guess what
> part of the process failed, so I have no idea how to suggest you go
> about fixing it.
Thanks for answering, Doc.
I put the CD in the drive and turned on power. It read for a while
and flashed some words across the top of the screen, then deleted
them before I could read them. After a short time the Kubuntu icon
appeared and the 'Loading' bar started moving back and forth.
Soon the icon and loading bar disappeared and two lines of text came
up with a mixture of hex and text with the word "error" in it, but
nothing helpful or even understandable. Another line said something
about busy-box being installed and ' ... type help for list of
None of the commands proved to be useful (that's where most of the
The indecipherable line was repeated several times at 32 second
intervals. I decided the disk was bad and downloaded another from a
different mirror and burned another CD. Same result.
I got on another machine and looked at the CD -- then read the README
file, where I discovered I might need to build a boot flex (we might
discuss the wisdom of going back to an obsolete technology later). I
dug down in the bottom of a cabinet and found a flex disk and tried
the sudo dd if=SMB.bin of=/mnt/floppy/SBM.bin
The machine didn't like the floppy -- "non-system disk" Made another
with the same result. Tried the floppy in another machine with same
So I'm stuck. Maybe if I can get the flex to work I'll be able to
make some progress.
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