2008/11/9 Chakat Sandwalker <sandwalker(a)gmail.com>om>:
The only thing I can think of is that there isn't
enough video memory,
or the video card is too old; I had similar problems when trying to
install an earlier version of Ubuntu on a machine with a 32MB Riva TNT
card -- it would get as far as starting to load the GDM, then crash to
I've noticed that the newer versions of Ubuntu have problems with
older compters. IIRC, 7.10 was fine on some but not 8.04.
One the other hand, I've found a few problems with 8.10 - first thing
I noticed was that I was unable to set a fixed IP address for my wired
network. Got around that by reserving a fixed IP address in the
router/modem's DHCP settings.
Second thing I noticed is that the microphone no longer works.
Haven't managed to sort that one out yet. It looks like a visit to
the next workshop will be on the cards.
Third little problem is rather puzzling. Not because I haven't found
a why to fix it, but why on earth has it been changed! I found the
printable area for my (t)rusty old Deskjet (and my newer 3 in one) had
been reduced. For some inexplicable reason, the top margin is set to
about 15mm. Out with the editor and changing the ppd file fixes that,
but a lot of people are going to be frustrated when their printout is
clipped for no good reason. Both my ppd files are at odds with the
printer specified printable area.
On the positive side, and not related to 8.10, I just love how CUPS
acts as a printer server. My Windows ME is still running (though I
think it has one foot in the grave!) and there's no way I could use
the new HP 3 in one on that computer. Solution - connect the 3 in one
to the computer running Ubuntu, and on the ME system, describe the
printer as an Apple printer. Hurrah for Postscript!