Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on a Toshiba Satellite C55-A laptop

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at comcast.net
Sat Oct 5 19:21:47 UTC 2013


On 10/05/2013 01:55 PM, Bahn, Nathan wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Just got the above mentioned Toshiba laptop yesterday.  Would like to
>> install Ubuntu on it next to Windows 8 without activating Windows 8.
>>
>> Downloaded and burned the Ubuntu 13.04 DVD and verified that it works on
>> another machine.  Changed the bios on the Toshiba so it boots from the dvd.
>>
>> It booted but not to the normal screen.  I saw a non-graphical screen with 3
>> selections Install Ubuntu  -  Try Ubuntu & Test media. I choose Try Ubuntu
>> and it booted to a command line:
>>
>> Welcome to Ubuntu 13.04 (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64)
>>
>> * Documentation: https://help/ubuntu.com/
>>
>> ubuntu at ubuntu:~$
>>
>> As a test I tried to run firefox and got:
>>
>> (process;3019): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: asserttion
>> `sys_page_size == 0` failed
>> Error: no display specificed
>>
>> Obviously a graphics problem.
>>
>> Specs say: Processor and Graphics
>>             AMD Quad Core A6-5200 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™
>>             HD 8400 Graphics
>>             2.0 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache
>>
>> Googling on the HD 8400 and linux produced this hit:
>>
>> http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-8LINBetaDriver.aspx
>>
>> Which talks of a beta driver that supports this chip.
>>
>> So it seems there is no way to test Ubuntu on this machine before installing
>> it. Is that correct?
>>
>> Which leads to the question: Can Ubuntu even be installed when Windows 8 is
>> on the disk but not activated?  All the results I see from googling seems to
>> assume that Windows 8 is active.
>>
>> Thanks,  Jim
>
>
>
> Not exactly your question, buuut.....  What happens when you try to
> launch Unity from the CLI?
>

I don't have access to the machine right now to test it, but how would I 
do that? Would I just type Unity?

Thanks,  Jim





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