Install on Dell Help

Ben Novack bennovack at
Fri Jul 15 02:34:20 UTC 2005

On 7/14/05, Salvatore Argiro <argirosaz at> wrote:
> Hello and thanks for the help in advance.  Total newbie to Linux here. 
> I'm trying to install Ubuntu on a Dell Dimension 8400.  I boot from the CD I
> downloaded (burned from .iso using Nero under Windows), I get to the initial
> install screen w/ the boot: prompt, hit enter, I see two lines mentioning
> something initializing, my DVD drive starts to spin, my screen goes black w/
> a blinking cursor, my DVD drive stops and nothing further happens.  
> I had previously tried to install Fedora Core 4 w/ the exact same problem,
> read up on the friendliness of Ubuntu and switched.  I was successful w/
> install from DVD I bought w/ a "Windows for Dummies" book that contained
> Fedora 3.  Apparently that DVD has an SCSI driver as well that may have
> helped?  Is it a problem using a burned CD under Windows?  Am I missing a
> driver for my DVD-ROM (Hitachi)?  I've tried mediacheck and
> redownloading/burning the CD's w/ several different variants, all w/ exactly
> the same problem.  
> I don't know where to go from here.  I've Googled the heck out of everything
> and can't come up w/ anything.  Thanks again.

I'm not sure of the exact solution off the top of my head, but I'm
pretty sure the problem here is that the 8400 series has SATA hard


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