New System - Hanging on Install

Tod Merley todbot88 at
Wed Sep 6 07:51:21 UTC 2006

On 8/29/06, Gregory Piñero <gregpinero at> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Just finished putting together a new computer.  Everything powers up
> and I load the Ubuntu CD and tell it to do the normal install and it
> gets so far and then it takes me to a black screen and all it says is:
> Uncompressing Linux ... Ok, booting the kernel.
> And it just stays stuck there forever.
> Other things to consider if it helps.  It's an IDE DVD-ROM, I tried
> two different brands and I tried each of them as master, slave, cable
> select, and the various cable positions and it made no difference.  I
> also tried booting with Knoppix and System Rescue CD with no luck.
> Knoppix says it can't find the filesystem and the System Rescue CD
> says "Can't find CD-ROM"
> I tried installing Windows XP and that worked seemingly fine, except
> that it thinks my drive is 130GB and not the actual 320GB.
> Please, please help!  I really want my new ubuntu computer to work.
> Here are the system specs if that helps:
> MB GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 P965 775
> CPU INTEL|CORE 2 E6300 1.86G 775 R
> HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620AS
> Kingston ValueRAM Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-667 DIMM Memory Kit,
> 240-Pin, CL5, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Model: KVR667D2N5K2/2G
> -Greg Pinero
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Hi Gregory Piñero!

I believe you will find that your SATA drive and/or the chipset which
specifically talks with the drive is the bottleneck here.

To find out - solve:

1. Google your Drive Manufacturer model number and chipset(s) with
linux (then narrowing on Ubuntu).  As you learn new "key words"
include your MB, it's bios name and some of the new key words.

2. You mention a problem with XP reading the drive - it may be
defective - might try another drive.  Actually, I would try an IDE
drive now.  It would most likely be encourageing.

3. It is quite possible you will find that the drive will need a
driver not available in the little "ramdisk" linux image used to form
the linux boot enviornment.  It may be practical to boot from an IDE
drive or Flash drive.  If you do run into this type back and I will
work with you to install the driver into your ramdisk image.

Good Hunting!


Some research from Google:
Note: The following Seagate model will return error (too small) when
expanding due to problem in p9. Use of RAIDiator 3 is recommended.

Seagate ST3320620AS (added 5/20/06)

# what RAIDiator is:

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