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# 76927 8-Feb-2011 23:06
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So i have been given an old compaq laptop which has a bust hard drive.
It has windows XP on it and when i try and boot it says "Disk error - press ctr + alt + del to reboot"

So i assume the disk is stuffed and have ordered another one - because its a 2.5" IDE hard drive it is going to take a week to get here so i was keen to try the laptop out before then.

Now i have used live CD's and USB's before and even tried a couple of full linux installs but i have had no real experince using linux.

I have now tried two different linux live USB's (Mint and ubuntu) and both have similar problems.

If i boot off the usb with the hard drive in then the linux loading screen takes a good 5-10 mins to boot and then goes to a black screen with commands - similar to the boot phase before windows starts. then it just freezes.

If i try booting without the hard drive the loading screen is only up for ~30seconds then a similar black page with commands starts scrolling until i hear the linux start-up sound and my mouse appears over this black screen with white text.

Then i can move my mouse for a few minutes and then it will freeze up.

Checked the MD5 hash on both .iso's.

As far as i know everything else in the laptop is fine - have tested anything this is just what i have been told.


Not sure what the problem is, any help would be great?

Cheers

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  # 437091 9-Feb-2011 01:01
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When LiveCD booting Ubuntu, if you press any key do you get the main page options?

Guessing an unsupported display adaptor where you could set vga= 769 (or something different) to complete the boot, then get the right driver package.



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  # 437140 9-Feb-2011 09:20
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gzt: When LiveCD booting Ubuntu, if you press any key do you get the main page options?

Guessing an unsupported display adaptor where you could set vga= 769 (or something different) to complete the boot, then get the right driver package.



Yes with both versions i see the main page options, have tried loading mint in normal and compatibility mode.

An unsupported display adapter would make sense, although i didn't see any vga error.

If this was the case is it possible to get the driver for it?
Maybe on the HP website, if so what would i do with it? 

 
 
 
 




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  # 437158 9-Feb-2011 10:15
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Just also thinking is their maybe a version of linux that is more likely to support an older laptop like this?

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  # 437169 9-Feb-2011 10:44
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The idea is to get it booting first then work on driver support. This is a lot easier than rebuilding the livecd.

Begin by using the boot options to edit the boot commandline and set vga=769.


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  # 437375 9-Feb-2011 18:38
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Just also thinking is their maybe a version of linux that is more likely to support an older laptop like this?


Maybe, also an older distribution is more likely to still include support for your hardware.

In any case ubuntu might work perfectly well with one of the vga= options linked above.

If that doesn't work - post your exact laptop model number + specs + display adaptor type + year of manufacture if you can find it somewhere. From there maybe someone will suggest a distribution.

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  # 437453 9-Feb-2011 20:08
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Puppy linux... heaps of versions and supports all sorts of older hardware



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  # 437512 9-Feb-2011 21:28
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Ok some good news managed to get it up and running with puppy linux :)

Strange thing when i was trying to set boot options in ubuntu i got an page like this:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDBootOptions?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=Boot-Options.png

But without any of the F options - and pressing F6 did nothing. So not sure if i was being a noob here or something else?

have downloaded ubuntu 5.1 and 7.1 so will try these later and see where i can get to.

Just struggling to get the ethernet port driver in puppy.


Thanks for your help guys.

 
 
 
 




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  # 437551 9-Feb-2011 22:40
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so this is the windows xp driver i need for my ethernet controller: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-15627-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&...=

Would anyone know how i would go about getting a driver for linux for the same thing??

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