Installing ubuntu desktop- I Give Up!

Guy Schlosser guyster104 at
Thu Apr 7 18:58:09 UTC 2011

Hey there Martin, do not give up yet.  Have you asked your wife to look 
at the volume levels once you have booted the Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) 
live CD?  I'm thinking that your sound hardware is recognized, however 
your sound is muted.  I have seen this on occasion when installing 
Ubuntu from the live CD.  In the cases I've come across, simply unmuting 
the sound once is enough to get everything up and running normally. I 
hope this is helpful if you get the chance to try again.


On 04/07/2011 10:21 AM, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	After spending about two weekends and weekday evenings,
> basically all spare time, trying to get ubuntu10.10 then failing
> that, ubuntu9.10 with orca to install on a Dell Dimension system
> running a Pentium4 processor, I am tossing in the towel. The
> ubuntu live CD for 10.10 never once produced any sound although
> it went through the most elaborate mime I have ever seen of the
> booting process. You could hear the CDROM running and the laser
> mechanism could be heard zipping back and forth, obviously
> reading the disk, etc. At the end of about 5 minutes, things
> would quiet down and I hit Tab, then Enter, then Alt-F2 followed
> by orca and then Enter again. More rattling from the laser as if
> something was happening, but more dead silence.
> 	The Vinux3.0 and 3.1 CD's go through the same
> time-wasting tease, making one think that a working system is
> just minutes away, but the end result is the same as trying to
> boot the ubuntu10.10 CD.
> 	The sound chip set is good. Other disks such as the
> older Vinux2.1 bootable CD come right up talking. The ubuntu8.10
> live CD plays the melody and cricket sounds as it boots up.
> 	The ubuntu9.10 live CD uses a different procedure to
> start orca and one does hear "Welcome to orca."
> 	The running orca desktop is not quite healthy, however.
> It will randomly freeze, maybe 30 seconds; maybe 5 minutes;
> maybe an hour later, but at some point, one can hit a key, hear
> no response and it's all over and darned if this P.C. has no HW
> reset button. There are probably a couple of pins somewhere on
> the mother board, but I will have to get somebody to help find
> them and one shouldn't have to do a hardware reset often anyway.
> 	I installed ubuntu9.10 on the hard drive and got orca to
> talk after login, but after another random freeze, the system
> wants to go in to rescue mode. None of that talks so I may just
> end up giving up on orca for now, installing the old Vinux so as
> to get some use from the system, and waiting to see if ubuntu11
> has any better discovery mechanisms to get the audio and orca
> running.
> 	During one time when things were running, I installed
> and ran memtester. There are 1.3 GB of RAM and a 2.7GHZ
> processor and it all seems to be working like it should.
> 	I know the hardware discovery mechanism is extremely
> tricky and I think that is where things are breaking down. When
> trying the ubuntu10.10 and Vinux3.x CD's which are based on
> ubuntu10.10, I get the impression that the hardware discovery
> mechanism reaches the wrong conclusion on my system and tries to
> work based on that.
> 	My dear wife has helped me go through the CMOS setup
> several times and we have verified that the CMOS knows the sound
> is on, that the hard drive is second behind the CDROM in boot
> order, the video is set to use the onboard chips and we have a
> 8-meg video buffer. There is really no other way to set it other
> than to choose a 1-meg buffer.
> 	I think we've done everything we can do and ubuntu10.10
> refuses to play. Ubuntu9.10 plays, but blacks out and can't
> remember where it was, so to speak.

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