I installed Lubuntu 18.04, the LXDE variant of Ubuntu, on an old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. It worked, but every bootup would take several long minutes.
Turns out that this is a known problem for this Dell laptop reported here. I followed these steps:
$ sudo vi /etc/default/grub
- Change the Grub commandline option to be:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=SVIDEO-1:d"
$ sudo update-grub
$ sudo reboot
Boot time dropped dramatically to about a minute after this change.
I was trying to install Lubuntu 18.04, the LXDE variants of Ubuntu, on an old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. After booting from a thumbdrive and choosing to Install Lubuntu, there were hundreds of lines of this output:
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sr0: No medium found
At the end of that, it ends by dropping to the Busybox initramfs shell prompt.
Thanks to this Ubuntu bug report, I tried one of these solutions: the moment the above line started printing, I yanked out the thumbdrive and plugged it back into a different USB port. This laptop has 4 USB ports, so I was able to do this easily. Once I did that the error prints stopped and the install proceeded.