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Installation hanging
« on: December 16, 2007, 07:25:27 am »
Hopefully I'm not just being paranoid here.  I currently have an HP Pavilion Entertainment laptop that came with Windows Vista Home Premium.  I was fairly satisfied with the functionality of the Vista media center, but it's quite sluggish and has been crashing lately.  I'm assuming this is just because of low specs (1GB of ram) for handling vista with intense video and media so I thought Linux MCE might be a good alternative.

I've downloaded the DVD Quick Install .ISO and burned the image to a DVD.  On rebooting my system it detected the DVD and I hit install to begin the process.  I selected my hard disk and things seemed to be going fine but the installation seems to be hanging.  I'm at a point where it says "Superblock backups stored on blocks: " that continues to list several numeric values and ends with a blinking cursor.  It's been at this point for several hours and doesn't seem to be doing anything.  So my question is, am I being paranoid and I should just let it set and do it's thing, or should I look into installing with the 2 CD .ISO?  Also, would I have to do anything to fix this if it has in fact crashed on me?  Thank you for any info. 

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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007, 10:31:40 am »
Hopefully I'm not just being paranoid here.  I currently have an HP Pavilion Entertainment laptop that came with Windows Vista Home Premium.  I was fairly satisfied with the functionality of the Vista media center, but it's quite sluggish and has been crashing lately.  I'm assuming this is just because of low specs (1GB of ram) for handling vista with intense video and media so I thought Linux MCE might be a good alternative.

I've downloaded the DVD Quick Install .ISO and burned the image to a DVD.  On rebooting my system it detected the DVD and I hit install to begin the process.  I selected my hard disk and things seemed to be going fine but the installation seems to be hanging.  I'm at a point where it says "Superblock backups stored on blocks: " that continues to list several numeric values and ends with a blinking cursor.  It's been at this point for several hours and doesn't seem to be doing anything.  So my question is, am I being paranoid and I should just let it set and do it's thing, or should I look into installing with the 2 CD .ISO?  Also, would I have to do anything to fix this if it has in fact crashed on me?  Thank you for any info. 

Looks like you probably have either a bad download of the iso or the burn of the iso to DVD is bad.
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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007, 06:13:37 pm »
I eventually gave up and tried the installation again.  Within seconds it went just a little farther than it had previously and then stopped again.  I tried a few more times and each time it went just slightly further in the installation but would quit shortly after.  I then tried installing just Kubuntu and had a similar result.  I don't know if it's just a hardware compatibility issue, I'll probably try installing on an older desktop just to see if it produces the same result.

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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 02:59:39 am »
I eventually gave up and tried the installation again.  Within seconds it went just a little farther than it had previously and then stopped again.  I tried a few more times and each time it went just slightly further in the installation but would quit shortly after.  I then tried installing just Kubuntu and had a similar result.  I don't know if it's just a hardware compatibility issue, I'll probably try installing on an older desktop just to see if it produces the same result.

Hmmm...  could also be a DVD drive problem
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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 10:14:44 am »
also what I have found is that one should never use the 'shortcut' DVD to install on 'unproven' hardware.
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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 01:34:17 pm »
I eventually gave up and tried the installation again.  Within seconds it went just a little farther than it had previously and then stopped again.  I tried a few more times and each time it went just slightly further in the installation but would quit shortly after.  I then tried installing just Kubuntu and had a similar result.  I don't know if it's just a hardware compatibility issue, I'll probably try installing on an older desktop just to see if it produces the same result.

Hmmm...  could also be a DVD drive problem
no it's a video driver issue, check this thread same issue:
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3500.0

moderator could maybe merge threads or just del this one dunno :X

I don't agree at all... from the what we know he does not get anywhere near the AVwizard and it even causes a basic Kubuntu 07.04 install to fail. I can see how that thread has any bearing on the problem being discussed here.
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Re: Installation hanging
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 06:44:02 pm »
I had a problem like this. I repeated the same steps a few times. Eventually I swapped in a new DVD drive and all went well... It could also be a bad DVD or iso, rather than the driver. Or bad/loose cables.