ubuntu live CD with Screen Reader not Starting

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 22:20:37 UTC 2008

Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	I wanted to test the latest ubuntu live CD on a Dell
> Enspiron laptop which dates back to about 2001 and has 256 megs
> of RAM so it should do the job just fine. It used to run
> Windows-XP and then I installed a Linux distribution called
> oralux which is now rather outdated and no longer supported, but
> works in screen reader mode.
> 	The steps for booting ubuntu live are:
> Boot and hit Enter at the grub prompt to select English.
> Hit F5 for Accessibility.
> Hit 3 to go directly to the Screen Reader header and then Enter twice.
> 	I had my wife who can see verify that I was doing all
> these things.
> 	What happens is about 20 minutes of frantic CDROM I/O
> or, in this case, I as the system loads lots of stuff from the
> 	One does hear the little drum flourish during the drive
> activity and, some seconds later, the long musical chord as
> ubuntu comes up. There is yet more CDROM activity and then it
> all falls silent. The screen is mostly black with a small blue
> line near the top. If one touches the mouse pad which is on this
> laptop, there are small flashes on the screen and the CDROM
> wakes up.
> 	No voice, however and no video.
> 	I did try a suggestion of hitting Alt-F2 which provoked
> another spasm from the CDROM drive, but no audio.
> 	I tried to use the dmesg in the oralux distribution to
> get a report of the audio and video devices, but it doesn't
> produce that sort of output like I get on a full Debian system
> so I am not sure what it's got.
> 	If there are better ways to get a list of hardware out,
> it may be possible to provide boot options to force what it
> can't seem to figure out on its own.
> 	I don't think it is very far away from booting, but
> something is getting missed.
> 	This is not my only method for computer access so I am
> not in an emergency. I am just trying to upgrade to the 21ST
> century before some of my old stuff really bites the dust.
> 	Thanks for any ideas.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group
    256K of Ram is really a bit to small and I expect that is your 
problem. You can verify this by selecting the Text mode of installing 
and see if that works. Not sure how well Ubuntu will run with the small 



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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