Ubuntu or Suse installation.


Linux newbie here.  Trying to install either Ubuntu 6 or Suse 10 on one of two systems.  Neither works.  The machines will boot to the installation menu but when I select install they both just sit there doing nothing.  I suspect its because they both have either SCSI or RAID on them?

Machine 1: Custom made
Gigabyte MB, 1+ gb ram, 1 18GB SCSI 160 hard drive (C for windows), 2 160GB hard drives configured as RAID 0 (ATA RAID, not SCSI), WinXP Pro SP2, ATI Radeon 7200 w/128MB Ram.

Machine 2: HP Workstation xw4100
512MB RAM, single 36 GB SCSI Ultra320 hard drive (Win XP Pro SP2 installed), nVidea graphics.

Both machines just stop with either Ubuntu or Suse as soon as I select install.  What am I missing?  


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assuming your raid and scsi controller are all set up properly, try hitting F4(instead of install ubuntu, maybe F3 cant remeber)at the screen that says "Start or Install Ubuntu" this will offer vga options try one of those. If Ubuntu will not boot into live-cd, I would download Knoppix and burn it to cd, then boot the machine with Knoppix. If Knoppix boots go into terminal and type lspci. Copy the output from lspci(you can email it to yourself) and post it here. Not the most easy answer, but not booting could be a lot of different things.
try booting ubuntu to the end, and login. after you login, you can the desktop there is an automatically installation. try opening the console (or terminal) and type things like:
this will show you some important information about your system, if you see something strange, great if not. maybe you should do the installation step by step. normally if there is an error it would show it in dmesg, or at boot time. so try pasting the output og dmesg, lsmod and mount here. by installing step by step, the first thing to do is partitioning your disk, so type gparted. and see the result.
I found when installing Fedora Core on a machine of my own creation, I had a smilar problem. I could Boot using live CDs, but not install. I tryed several other linux distros (RedHat, Debian, and slackware) all where the same. I didn't work out the problem untill I became exasperated, tryed reinstalling windoze and the same problem occured. The problem was a CDROM drive I had recoditioned (it could only read the first half of a CD), after replacing the reconditioned drive with a new one the whole process went smoothly. I have also heard of this problem occuring when the harddrives have bad sectors near the start of the drive.

To see if it's the SCSI causing your problems, I would run with Knoppix (or an Ubantu live CD), and see if it automounts your SCSI devices. If Knoppix can do it then presumably the Ubantu installer can too.
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