I have Windows 7 on my Compaq nx6325 with an AMD Turion64 X2 (dual core), 3BG of RAM.
I first tried letting MATE (i386) do the partitioning, but the advanced formatting options would not come up. So I dropped back to Windows and did the partitioning there instead.
Booted into Ubuntu (from a live USB stick), did the install, chose the two update options at the beginning, answered all the questions (location, keyboard). Let it run
to completion and tried to shut down. It shut down, but left the power
button lit and the sound mute button on. I waited 5 minutes, with no disk or memory action – then
Held down power til it turned off, restarted and it never made it to the chose which OS. Instead I was greeted by
error attempted to read or write outside of ‘hd0’
entering rescue mode
grub rescue> _
Figuring I screwed up by forcing the shut down I tried it again and it shut down this time, but still the same error message.
Did a bunch of searching and found somewhere “it might be” doing the install from a live USB. So I tried installing with option 1 (updates I think) which gave me anther error – failed trying to update old packages – or something like that.
Next I tried option 2 – erase MATE and reinstall – which gave me the same error message.
What to do is my question to get past this?