problems installing Ubuntu 9.10

Due to recent doubts about Ubuntu 10.4, I downloaded and tried to install Ubuntu 9.10…I downloaded an ISO image and burned it to a CD.Unlike the 10.4 version this one would`nt let me run the program from the disk,so I had to install it directly on to my hard drive.Everything was going fine till I got to a screen(blue with a file load indicator) and a message saying that partition would begin shortly.I opted for 80G from 500G drive.I knew it would take a long time,but after two and a half hours the percentage of the files loaded was,exactly 0%, and there was no activity from my PC. My first dreaded blue screen freeze under Linux/Ubuntu.Luckily I was able to get myself back to my Windows Vista OS.I will have another go at loading from another source and see how I get on. ;D Cheers Kenny

Mmm, not sure what you were loading, but if you had a blue screen freeze it wasn’t Linux, BSOD is something that is particular to Windows. The bad news is that if Linux stops while formatting a partition then the chances are that either your partition table is invalid, or your hard drive is corrupted / faulty. If you can, try a “different” 80G partition … or indeed a smaller partition, it’ll be quite happy in 20 or 30 Gb.

Also, there are a number of versions of the install CD, the ‘default’ version of Ubuntu 9.10 ‘does’ run from the CD …

I would download the LiveCD ISO again, as you shouldn’t have ended up at a blue screen during partitioning, or at any other time… as MP says, the Blue Screen Of Death is a Windows thing

You can get the 32bit (desktop) version of Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic koala) from here:
PC (Intel x86) desktop CD
For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Choose this if you are at all unsure.

Or the 64bit (desktop) version of Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic koala) from here:
64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop CD
Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the Intel x86 images instead.

Burn it to a CD/DVD and boot from it… you should end up at a working Ubuntu desktop.
(with an option to install from an icon on the desktop)

ALL Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic koala) versions can be found here:

If you have any problems booting from the CD/DVD and your PC can boot from a USB stick, you could always try creating a LiveUSB stick.

Once you’ve downloaded the LiveCD ISO, go to here:

and continue from Step 2

Thanks for the help and advice guys.The site and download which Mark mentions is the very one which I tried.I will download it again just in case the CD I burned it onto was flawed. ;D Cheers Kenny

You can check the CD, by booting from it… as soon as it begins to boot, hit Esc, and select Check CD for defects (or similar)

Ive got 9.10 on cd and it runs from the cd fine. So its probably the cd that has a problem.