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    Dell Latitude CPi D300XT -- fatal issue

    Hey all, new to the forum. That is not really relevant to the problem, just through I would announce it. Now, to the problem...

    As the title implies, I have a Dell Latitude CPi D300XT. I got this laptop from a friend of my father and I am trying to get Ubuntu (specifically Hoary as I haven't gotten a Breezy CD yet) and am unable to.

    My main problem is that I cannot get through the installation without the screen changing colors and completely halting. Sometimes it will halt before I get it to the install dialog.

    I have reseated the CPU, verified that the hdd is fine and checked the memory. Now what?

    P.S.: This is a hardware question, not a Linux question.

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    Welcome aboard!

    As for your issue, is it just ubuntu that's causing trouble, or can you install other flavors of Linux and Windows on it? I tried to get ubuntu loaded via live CD, and didn't have any luck. I did get it installed on a low end (k62) system, but the GUI locked up.

    While I know you don't want me to say it's a software issue, 90% it usually is.
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    It is not a software issue, I just used Ubuntu as an example. I cannot get any version of Windows installed or any other distro of Linux installed... well, I got SuSE 9.2 ONCE but that is it. It seems like once I get into a full-fledged GUI I'm fine (unless I bump the laptop too much) but its getting there which is the problem.

    If this was a desktop issue I'd be able to figure it out (been working on them for years now), but I am new to laptops.

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    Well, laptops are just desktops crammed into a small container. I can't speak much for linux, so when does the installation fall over when attempting to install windows? My biggest suspect is the RAM, but I'd just be guessing at this point without more detail.
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    Well, the first time (windows xp) it stopped at "Setup is loading files (SCSI Disk)...". The second time it stopped before it got to the blue screen... then after a minute or so it showed a blue area at the top with white/gray !'s all across it, then at the bottom it says "Psess F6 hf ynu nded to i".

    Windows XP was run on this before and runs fine (if it runs).

    After taking out 1 stick of memory it stopped at "Setup is loading files (IEEE 1394 Bus OHCI Compliant Port Driver)...".

    After replacing the stick with the one I origionally took out, it stopped at "Setup is loading files (Windows Executive)..."

    Interesting...

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    Hmm, what steps did you take when you checked the RAM, CPU, and hard disk? These are the biggest culprits, I'd think. Perhaps the CPU isn't getting properly cooled? Have you checked that the fan runs and is clear of dust?
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    I swapped out the hdd with one(s) i knew were good. The RAM I did as I said. The CPU I reseated and applied some silver thermal paste. The fan is clean, no obstructions.

    Once I had SuSE 9.2 installed. It installed when I had it unmoved the whole time and had a fan blowing on the exhaust port. Not sure if there is a connection or not--but I have tried that since to no avail.

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    Go in the bios of that laptop and disable the option to boot to a pnp o/s
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    That is not an option.

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    What size memory sticks are you using? How did you test them?

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    They are 64mb sticks, using two of them. Tested using the said method above--swapping. I am almost positive that it is good memory.

    Also, I had Ubuntu Hoary livecd running and worked fine. (i got lucky)
    Last edited by E-werd; November 13th, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

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    I just got Ubuntu Hoary installed. It took a while but it got done. After the install (or during the finalization rather) it started to goof up and it eventually did a hard shutdown. I checked the laptop where the cpu goes (from the outside) and it was warm to the touch... I think a little warmer than it should be.

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    It does sound like it could be a heat issue. Is the part that holds the heatsink perhaps not contacting the cpu with enought pressure? Is there any way that you could add a shim so that after reassembly, there will be more pressure on that contact?

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    I put two pieces of folded oaktag paper in it and it would not even start, then I tried one and it works so far so good, installing Breezy Colony 3 (screwed up the Hoary installation). So far everything is working successfully, no problems. I am a tad concerned about the oaktag (its thick paper-like material) on top of a heatsink... but I shall see.

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    Wow, this thing is really getting hot... definitely a cooling problem... what do i do about this?

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