I just received my new Dell Inspiron 530 with Ubuntu preinstalled yesterday. I was excited to get a machine that would "just work" with Linux, thus avoiding the hours and days of troubleshooting hardware and BIOS compatibility problems I've experienced on most other computers when trying to get them to work with Linux.
However, no such luck. Ubuntu itself seems to work great, and the machine performs really well, but I'm having all kinds of trouble getting live CDs to work. When I try to boot the Mint 4.0 Live CD, I get the Mint splash screen and choose the first, default, option to boot Mint. Then the system boots me to the Ubuntu restore partition that resides on the machine's hard drive. I talked to Dell support and the tech there said to try disconnecting my external hard drive (because it could be causing problems by reordering the numbering of my boot devices). I tried that but got the same result.
So basically, what I'd like to know is if anyone has been able to install Mint on one of these Ubuntu Dell computers. If so, how?
Here's some more information that might be pertinent to this problem:
The Puppy Linux CD and Clonezilla (v1.0.3-18) CD that I use on my other computers both error out on my Dell on bootup with this error (which seems to be associated with something called Busybox v1.13) and kick me out to a command line:
/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
The Gparted Live CD also errors out and kicks me to a command line, albeit with a different error:
>>Determining root device...
!!Invalid loop location: /gparted.dat
!!Please export LOOP with a valid location, or reboot and pass a proper loop=...
!!kernel command line!
I was thinking that maybe the kernel on these Live CDs can't see my optical drive for some reason, so I tried downloading and burning the latest version of Clonezilla (v1.0.9-19) and, strangely enough with the newer version of Clonezilla, I now get the same result as I do with the Mint CD. That is, after the initial Clonezilla splash screen, the system boots me to the Ubuntu restore partition.
I'd really appreciate any help...not being able to boot to these CDs is a major obstacle to using this machine the way I want to. I have Dell support involved, and they're doing their best to be helpful, but they seem stumped too.
Last edited by motoperpetuo
on Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:04 am, edited 1 time in total.
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