live vs alt install cd

Sebastian Spiess sebastian.spiess at
Thu Apr 2 21:08:57 BST 2009

On Thu, 2009-04-02 at 14:04 +1000, Paul Gear wrote:
> 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.
> Paul

I know that on a system with lower specs you can use the txt installer
from the alternate to have a successful installation while the live cd
installer would fail due to lack of resources.
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