live vs alt install cd

Swapnil Jain swapnil at
Wed Apr 1 05:08:51 UTC 2009

The Alternative installation CD provides an installer that is text- 
based rather than graphical. It is needed for installation on  
computers with less than 384 megabytes of RAM.

as said on

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On 01-Apr-09, at 7:45 AM, 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
> Thx
> James
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