I had Ubuntu 10.04.4 with Lubuntu working. But it stopped booting. And by stopped booting I mean it has the same issues every other distribution that I've managed to install has. It just hang at boot.
The system only has 256MB of memory, so live cds usually don't boot. Except for the Debian live cds. Which boot fine.
Arch Linux installs, and I can start X. However, when I shut down the system and do a reboot it hangs at boot.
Ubuntu 8.04.4 installs and runs okay, minus the fact that A) it's outdated and B) It won't get an IP address from my router on Wifi or my laptop on Ethernet after the first reboot.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be holding this computer up? It's a dell Dimension 8250 with a Pentium 4 (2.66Ghz) 256MB of RD Rambus Ram and an nVidia GeForce 4MX 420 (it works with the NV X drivers, and I thought that first this might be what was holding it up, however even adding xforcevesa, nv.modeset=0 or nouveau.modset=0 to the boot parameters doesn't help the issue.)
Everything on this motherboard is intel excluding the USB chipset which is Via.
I'm completely at my wits end, seeing as Windows doesn't work all to well on this machine, but at least it boots.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions I could try to get this computer to work with Linux?
It doesn't have any sensitive data, and I've run DBAN a few times so don't worry about that.
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