Ubuntu installer kernel panic

Andy and I spent about three hours on the phone yesterday trying to boot Ubuntu on his machine. He’s put a new hard drive in it, so there’s no OS on the machine at all (the old HDD got scragged, so he bought a new one). He’s got Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary install and live CDs, and they kernel panic as soon as they boot; before you even get to the menus. We seem to have narrowed it down to a problem with the memory, but it’s difficult to tell ‘cos memtest86 isn’t on those CDs. Debugging over the phone is a slow process, and poor Andy is without a machine at the moment because I don’t know how to fix it…

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