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Trouble installing Linux on circa-1999 Compaq Presario

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 03:20:27PM -0500, edwardp-KK0ffGbhmjU at wrote:
> displayed.  Ubuntu displayed an error that the I/O errors could be 
> either the CD-ROM itself or the drive.  Aside from a possible 
> motherboard issue, I'm not sure what it could be.  I also reseated the 
> ribbon cables inside it, same errors occurred after that as well.  I 
> also attempted to use the Ubuntu "alternate" install image (text-based) 
> and that reported that different packages on the CD-ROM were "corrupt" 
> each time I tried to install, one package was fine one time - but 
> corrupt the next (?), but the MD5 matched that image as well.  I do not 
> believe the root cause is either the CD-ROM drive as I replaced it with 
> another drive and had the same errors, nor the burned CD's.

You might have a bad cable on the CD drive. You might have bad
RAM. The disk controller might be flaky. 


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