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Link to this post 12 Apr 11

I'm somewhat of a newbie to Linux but have used it in the past and use the live CD's for data recovery. I recently tried installing Zorin OS 4, Linux Mint 10.0 and Ubuntu 10.10 and 9.1 on a fresh HDD and was only able to get Ubuntu 9.1 to install. These were all the 64bit versions. The Ubuntu 9.1 version was 32bit. When installing Zorin or Mint, it will start with the splash screen and then there is nothing on the screen. Here's my system:

AsRock 4coredual with VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra Chipsets
Intel quad core Q6600
2 gigs of DDR2 800
WD 320G RE3 HDD
Nvidia 512mb PCI express

My question to you experts is why will only Ubuntu 9.1 only install and not Zorin or Mint? Is it the 32bit vs the 64bit?

I really wanted to install Zorin.

Thanks, Dave

Link to this post 12 Apr 11

dcmilly wrote:

I'm somewhat of a newbie to Linux but have used it in the past and use the live CD's for data recovery. I recently tried installing Zorin OS 4, Linux Mint 10.0 and Ubuntu 10.10 and 9.1 on a fresh HDD and was only able to get Ubuntu 9.1 to install. These were all the 64bit versions. The Ubuntu 9.1 version was 32bit. When installing Zorin or Mint, it will start with the splash screen and then there is nothing on the screen. Here's my system:

AsRock 4coredual with VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra Chipsets
Intel quad core Q6600
2 gigs of DDR2 800
WD 320G RE3 HDD
Nvidia 512mb PCI express

My question to you experts is why will only Ubuntu 9.1 only install and not Zorin or Mint? Is it the 32bit vs the 64bit?

I really wanted to install Zorin.

Thanks, Dave

It looks like the only thing you had installing was 32-bit. While this shouldn't truly be an issue, it might be a simpler solution to your problem to try to install the 32-bit version of Zorin or Mint first. If those didn't work it would make sense to troubleshoot, and of course if 64-bit just won't work that's an issue to worry about, but personally if I could get 32 bit to work just fine I wouldn't worry about it.

My advice: Try Zoring and Mint 32-bit.

Link to this post 12 Apr 11

I have experienced similar issues with various distros on my new computer, I was able to hit the ESC key during the splash screens to see the error messages showing the cause of the freezes and work around them.

I recommend for you to do he same and report the various error messages here, it is very likely that the freezes could be due to a bios configuration issue or related to the boot up configuration or the specific distros.

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Some 64-bit systems don't work as you expect with 64-bit distros. Likely to be issues with the bios, or system drivers. To be on the safe side, I recommend installing 32bit distros since most work out of the box and have more good reviews.

I have zorin OS 5 32bit install on the PCs on my private network. Two of the PCs are 64bit systems and zorin works flawlessly. Because of this, I've chosen to stay with 32bit.

Compact, HP and Asus work well with 64bit distros.

Link to this post 12 Apr 11

Thanks to those that have replied. FYI: When I installed Ubuntu 9.1 and did all the updates I notice I had the option to upgrade to 10.04. The upgrade went flawlessly until reboot and then I got a blank screen. I'll take a good look at my BIOS and try the "ESC" thing during install.

Link to this post 12 Apr 11

This seems to be a kernel related problem.

We need more information to try to solve the issue :)

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