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by: bhefty89 March 18, 2011 3:07 PM PDT

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Linux hates my machine? Unable to install.

by bhefty89 - 3/18/11 3:07 PM

Ok, I've dabbled in Linux a few times in the past, but it was on different computers than what I'm using now. Before, I was able to install/dual boot with Ubuntu 10.04 just fine. Now, however, I am unable to install (at least patiently) any version/spinoff of Ubuntu (possibly other distros too).

I first wanted to try PinguyOS. I didn't have any CDs so I used UNetBootin to copy the ISO to my flash drive. I was able to boot into it successfully, but when I tried to install PinguyOS to my drive alongside Windows 7 I ran into some issues. After choosing Install, I can choose my language, then when I click Forward, I get the spinning pinwheel which indicates loading. Except it lasts forever. A few times I've managed to get to at least the portion to choose a partition, but I backed out of it because it was taking too long.

First off, I have two 500gb WD HDD in a RAID 0 configuration. I partitioned off 30gb which is unallocated space to be used for Linux. After my multiple failed attempts at installing PinguyOS, I tried Ubuntu 10.10. Same problem. It takes FOREVER to even get passed choosing a language. I never even got to choose a partition. In fact, I would click the buttons to download updates, click forward, and it would sit. For hours. Nothing ever happened.

So, is there something wrong here? I didn't have these issues before on previous computers. I don't see why it takes so long to go between menu screens to install Linux. I understand it may take awhile to recognize a 1tb HDD, but it shouldn't take hours on end.

Note: This is a custom computer I built, running 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate. All hardware is compatible with 64 bit and I attempted to install Linux 64 bit distros.

Any ideas? Sorry for the length and if you need specifications let me know. Thanks!

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