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Lubuntu install taking a LONG time


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#1 floridaze

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:18 PM

Hiya Bleepsters. :busy:

I'm working toward installing Lubuntu 11.04 limited disk space to a bare drive. I'm letting it do the partitioning, as I'm not at all familiar with partitioning in Linux. It's been on "creating ext4 file for / in partition 1 of SCSI (0.0.0) sda" for over an hour. Is that normal? The computer is an old HP Pavilion with a P4 1.6 GHz and 1GB of RAM. It's not all THAT slow, normally.

Could the installation be stuck on a bad sector or something? I let it check the disk for errors before installing, and it was fine. I did a low-level format with HDDGuru via Hirens Boot CD yesterday. I thought the HDD may be failing, as no PC was detecting it, either internally or externally. It's a 160GB IDE drive and it's indeed being detected since the format, and another disk test's results were fine as well as Lubuntu's test.

Should I let Lubuntu keep on going, or "x" out and try it again, or try something else? It's making a tiny bit of progress a tiny bit at a time, but it's still only about a third of the way through after more than an hour.

Thanks! :thumbup2:

Edited by floridaze, 29 November 2011 - 03:19 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:28 PM

Blah ... VERY little, if any progress has been made in the hour+ since I posted. :angry:

I'm about to give up and try PCLOS, Mint, or Lucid Puppy later on this evening, unless somebody tells me it's normal for Lubuntu to take this long. I don't remember any other Linux install taking this long on that computer.

Edited by floridaze, 29 November 2011 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:34 PM

Just an update so that nobody wastes time with a detailed response (as everybody here is always really kind to give good details) :) (or if a mod wants to delete the thread) --

I gave up after a few hours of letting it try to install. I "x'ed" out and it said installation was complete ... but it's not. I think I'm back to square one now as far as scanning the HDD for bad sectors. A Linux kernel installed, but that's all. I need to wipe it and do another physical scan, I think.

Thanks to all here for everything!




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