[sf-lug] Why PcLinuxOS and Ubuntu failed to work on Emmanuel's laptop

Nathan Hoover nathan at foo-o-rama.com
Tue Dec 18 12:04:22 PST 2007

Thankfully for him, memory is about the cheapest part of a laptop these
days. Buy.com <http://buy.com/> has Crucial 1gb


On 12/18/07, Matt Price <matt.price at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-12-17 at 23:54 -0800, Kristian Erik Hermansen wrote:
> > I thought everyone would enjoy this story.  Christian, Asheesh, and I
> > were trying to get Emmanuel set up with his broken Windows laptop.
> > Now, Christian had installed PcLinuxOS on Saturday at the event and I
> > had noticed some weirdness.  Emmanuel resurfaced today at the SFLUG
> > meeting to show us that he was having issues.  After looking it over,
> > we decided to give Ubuntu a shot.  The Live CD appeared to be
> > corrupted, but it was a pressed disc!  So we tried another disc, and
> > that also failed!  We then tried to reinstall PCLinuxOS, but that also
> > failed!  Then we tried booting the Ubuntu CD and manually copying over
> > data from another installation and that also failed (kernel panic)!
> >
> > Lesson learned?  Always memtest86+ the machine before going anywhere.
> > There was bad RAM in the laptop :-)  So, Emmanuel needs to go get some
> > new RAM, or work around it using the mem kernel option, but that was
> > resulting in other issues we shouldn't even get into on this list :-P
> well, that explains why a sweet laptop with a 100gig hard drive ended up
> at goodwill, whcih is where emmanuel got it!
> matt
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