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BattleStarJesus
21st January 2009, 03:02 PM
I am trying to install any distribution of Linux with a desktop gui on to aHP Pavilion a307x (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=367693&os=228&lang=en). So far I have tried Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Mandrivia, Fedora, openSUSE but all fail when they try loading the login screen, the display goes awal. I have searched around and found no reports of successful install on this make and model. I am wondering if there is a configuration in the BIOS that I can change that will make everything work. I am posting this thread onto other forums, Ubuntu Forums (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6590528#post6590528), Fedora Forums (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1152846#post1152846), Mandriva Forums (http://forum.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?p=625003#625003), openSUSE Forums (http://forums.opensuse.org/install-boot-login/405625-install-linux-hp-pavilion-a307x.html#post1931310), Linux.com Forum (http://www.linux.com/forums/topic/4147), and Linux.org Forums hoping to find someone who knows a solution.

Mister B
22nd January 2009, 07:14 AM
I am trying to install any distribution of Linux with a desktop gui on to aHP Pavilion a307x (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=367693&os=228&lang=en). So far I have tried Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Mandrivia, Fedora, openSUSE but all fail when they try loading the login screen, the display goes awal. I have searched around and found no reports of successful install on this make and model. I am wondering if there is a configuration in the BIOS that I can change that will make everything work. I am posting this thread onto other forums, Ubuntu Forums (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6590528#post6590528), Fedora Forums (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1152846#post1152846), Mandriva Forums (http://forum.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?p=625003#625003), openSUSE Forums (http://forums.opensuse.org/install-boot-login/405625-install-linux-hp-pavilion-a307x.html#post1931310), Linux.com Forum (http://www.linux.com/forums/topic/4147), and Linux.org Forums hoping to find someone who knows a solution.

I have a HP Pavillion 533W with roughly similar specifications. I couldn't get any LiveCDs(Fedora, Xubuntu, OpenSolaris) to work correctly; the video would always hang up. I was able to get a Kubuntu 8.04.1 Alternate Install CD to work. The installation is text based, which seems to let the install go through.

Gnafu the Great
23rd January 2009, 01:47 AM
What versions of the mentioned distros were tried? Also, I second the suggestion of trying a text-based install (assuming you tried all live CDs). Maybe try a CD/DVD-based install of Fedora 10 and see how things work post-install.

Mister B
23rd January 2009, 04:57 AM
What versions of the mentioned distros were tried? Also, I second the suggestion of trying a text-based install (assuming you tried all live CDs). Maybe try a CD/DVD-based install of Fedora 10 and see how things work post-install.

I don't have the CDs on hand, but I tried OpenSolaris 8.11, Fedora 10, Fedora 9, Xubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 IIRC.

They all had the same behavior of starting a graphical install, then bombing out when it was time to login.

I just discovered that Fedora Live CDs can use textinst as a boot parameter to force a text based install, the original poster may want to try that.

DrewP
23rd January 2009, 01:47 PM
I am trying to install any distribution of Linux with a desktop gui on to aHP Pavilion a307x (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=367693&os=228&lang=en).

The specification pointed to by the above URL shows the system uses an "Intel Extreme Graphics Adapter"

You may like to try this post: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=207320
( HowTo: Installing Fedora 10 on machine with old Intel video chipset )

DrewP

BattleStarJesus
29th January 2009, 04:10 AM
I managed to install Kubuntu 8.04 successfully. I have not tried any other older versions of the operating systems previously attempted. Thanks to those of you who responded.