ubuntu 9.04 installation failure

Peter Crane pcrane20 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 12:52:58 UTC 2009

10 September 2009

Dear Sirs,

I had a miserable failure trying to install ubuntu.

Please help.

I am running a PC desktop (unbadged but put together by a reputable Computer
shop) with Windows XP SP2 Home Edition.

It has an AMD Sempron processor LE 1100 with 1.91 GHz and 960 MB RAM.

The single hard drive is partitioned as follows:-

C:    Windows software & stuff that finds its way there without being asked.

D:    Software that I have installed.

E:     49 Gigabytes.  This is where I am trying to put ubuntu.

F;     User documents (mainly)

I produced a CD from the install file (ubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386 from
virgin-media) and ran the installer from the CD, selecting the second option
(to install ubuntu as a dual-boot system *inside the windows* environment.


The installation seemed to go without any problems and I rebooted into the
new ubuntu.

I got some OK system messages until I got to:-

A panel called Checking the installation, Installing system,

Formatting swap space in partition #1 of /host/ubuntu/disk…

Then it seemed to freeze.

No blinking lights

No change for 25 minutes!

The installation did NOT ask for any input from me.

I retried it a couple of times.

Please help.

Peter Crane
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