CPU: Athlon X2 245
Mainboard: M3A78-EM (NIC onboard)
Graphics: Asus EN9400GT (HDMI)
NIC2: Dlink DGE-530T
HDD: 2x500 GB SATA
So, downloaded the DVD from the .torrent. MD5 is OK on the computer. Burned to DVD (can you md5 the burned iso?).
Put DVD into drive, start-up successful. Rebooted removing the DVD. The system locks up midway through the Kubuntu startup process (Kubuntu splash screen with blue progress indicator). I restart after 10-15 minutes of no activity... it goes through the progress bar a bit further then locks up again... wait 20+ minutes, restart... etc. Repeat twice more, eventually Kubuntu loads up.
Question 1. Is it expected that you may have random (apparent) lock-ups during Kubuntu startup? Is it symptomatic of a hardware issue? Or is it realistic that there would be 10-20 minute periods of 'no activity' during a standard startup on the above hardware?
The desktop script works without issues (after I figure out which NIC is eth0)... though it did take a while.
Restarted, same behavior as above with long pause midway through the kubuntu splash/blue progress bar.. followed by a sound (bluh-do-buh), it finished the load, then rebooted without further intervention... and then locked up in a permanent loop whereby eventually it would get to:
Boot from (hd0,0) ext3 d3a4cd99-d497-4344-b65f-f7cb70ad1814
Loading please wait....
And then hung for a loooooooooong time and making frequent beeping noises as the monitor powered down repeatedly (I kept hitting 2 and 6) and eventually it flipped into the AV Wizard...
Question 2: Is this expected behavior? Or is this indicative of a hardware issue?
Now in the AV Wizard!
Step 1-3, no worries, just selected the lowest end stuff to make sure it would work with my VGA->component system (haven't bought the new HDMI-enabled TV yet).
Step 4 (Adjust Image Size) - Limited options to change the actual screen size... appears to grey out buttons quite early. OK button isn't appropriately non-grey (have to use Enter, can't use mouse)
In fact, most of the button behaviors were quirky, with some things greyed out when they should have been 'clickable'.
This caused me to double-tap Enter once and skip through the 'testing' phase (Step
with no way to go back?
Question 3: Is there a way to go "backwards" in the steps in the AVWizard (ie: undo a selection and choose something different)?
I tried to 'restart' the AVWizard by hitting 'I do not agree' which then instead moved on in the the launch process and started installing many many many packages.
Then it was stuck at a blank grey screen with the mouse cursor mobile, but nothing else happening...
Question 4: Is it broken? It's been now 20 minutes hanging out here and I'm unclear as to whether to go get food or leave it overnight... or?
Comment: Generally, the LinuxMCE install process needs a bit more user-feedback so users (especially new ones) know what's going on with the installation process.
If anyone could enlighten me as to what I should be doing now, I'd greatly appreciate it.