Ubuntu Installation - cannot start partitioner

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    mfreeland

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    I used liveUSB to make a bootable Ubuntu 8.04 USB stick. The Live CD boots, and I can run the installer, but once I hit forward after choosing the time zone, a window pops up saying "Starting Partitioner" and goes to 13%. It never goes beyond this point. There is no activity on the thumbdrive or the SSD. The system doesn't hang-- I can quit the installer and reboot, but I can never get it to move past this point. Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas for getting past this?
     
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    Try to escape to a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + F2) and type in dmesg to see what comes up. Let us know what it says and I can help you further.
     
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    I went to the terminal with ctrl-alt-f2, and it is scrolling "SQUASHFS error" and something about unable to read block at different hex addresses. It's scrolling much too fast to make out exactly what it's saying.
     
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    Sounds like a faulty USB stick - either the media is failing, or there's a problem with the live-usb installation. Try it on a different USB stick and see if you have same problem.
     
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    I finally got it figured out. The installation cd I used to prepare the live USB stick was corrupted. If anyone else gets a similar error, try comparing the md5sum to the sum listed on ubuntu's support pages. Thanks for the help!
     
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