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by b2611 / January 26, 2009 11:25 PM PST

I have compaq presario v 500 on which i have just installed a new hard drive. I am now unable to install ububntu on this computer. When I turn it on the only thing I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. Any help is greatly appreciated

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Seems right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2009 12:00 AM PST
In reply to: install question

Since you haven't installed an OS, many machines show a blinking cursor or some other message. Why not install an OS?

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not able to install
by b2611 / January 27, 2009 1:39 AM PST
In reply to: Seems right.

I have downloaded the ubuntu disk but it will not install

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Then the blinking cursor is proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2009 1:52 AM PST
In reply to: not able to install

You have not revealed any error message or much detail. Maybe you need to give up some detail?

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no error meessage
by b2611 / January 27, 2009 2:12 AM PST

I put the disk in and nothing happens

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BIOS and write integrity
by white-bread / January 27, 2009 2:32 AM PST
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Be sure the BIOS is set to boot from the CD.
Be sure that the CD image is verified with the MD5 hash sum.

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Who made that CD and how?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2009 4:12 AM PST
In reply to: no error meessage

I can't count the times I find a .ISO file on that CD. Tell more.

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iso file was downloaded
by b2611 / January 27, 2009 5:00 AM PST

I downloaded the iso file from and then burnt the image to a cd using the disk utily app on my mac.

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by Kees Bakker / January 27, 2009 5:04 AM PST

1. The BIOS isn't set to boot from CD first.
2. The CD-drive is defective.
3. The CD isn't bootable, because you burned it the wrong way. Burning an iso to cd is something else than burning the iso-file to CD.

Your task is to find out which of the three. It really helps to have another bootable disk, another machine and something like Windows Explorer (or the Mac equivalent) to look what files are on the CD.


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(NT) And what do you see on that CD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2009 5:32 AM PST
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burn iso to dvd mac
by sanjun228 / August 24, 2009 7:15 PM PDT
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