live vs alt install cd

Paul Gear paul at
Thu Apr 2 05:04:28 BST 2009

James Takac wrote:
> Hi Guys
> Just wondering if there's a simple way to tell what systems might need the 
> alternate cd to install as opposed to the live cd. I'm trying to install on a 
> friends (hardy) which has a celeron and both hdd and optical drives are sata. 
> The install cd is fine though it keeps throwing up errors on that system when 
> installing. It boots fine to the desktop. I know the cd is fine cuz it was 
> used to install on another of my systems later with complete success and no 
> errors. I just downloaded the alternate cd and so will try that next on her 
> system. Also are there other things I should look out for that may lend clues 
> as to which cd may be needed. I know of the AMD processors for example

The only things i know of that require the alt CD are setting up disks
for encryption, LVM, RAID, or a combination thereof.


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