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Author Topic: Install hangs: Dell Cpi D300XT VL Standard 5.9  (Read 2316 times)


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Install hangs: Dell Cpi D300XT VL Standard 5.9
« on: February 11, 2008, 08:28:49 pm »

Hey all. I'm trying to install Vector Linux and I'm running into a bit of a problem.

I downloaded and burned the 5.9 Standard iso to a CD and I am installing it on a Dell Cpi D300XT laptop with an 18GB hard drive and 128 MB of RAM (BIOS version A12).  I chose the default kernel (it looks like that is the only one available) and I got to the point where it says "Finding Vector Linux install media".  The install stops here - I've let it go for about ten minutes and it doesn't proceed.  I can hear the CD drive spin for a few minutes, pause, then start spinning again.  Also, if I type anything on the keyboard it will show up as either letters or the key codes (for example, down arrow puts "^[[B") at the bottom of the screen.

I turned off Power Management in the BIOS, but that didn't help.

If I use the CD on my considerably newer eMachines or a Virtual PC 2007 virtual machine, it quickly returns with the prompt to confirm the installation media, so it looks like the CD is working.

Any help appreciated.  Thanks.
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Re: Install hangs: Dell Cpi D300XT VL Standard 5.9
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2008, 08:59:35 am »

In my experience that usually means there is a fault with the CDROM drive.
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