Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 - Computer Will Not Boot From Disk

Aug 2, 2011

I have a desktop which has 10.04 loaded. There are apparently some errors as some of the menu items didn't load correctly, and after a while, it freezes showing a pink and purple screen with vertical lines. This is not a dual-boot setup. I have a new 10.04 disk which I have tried to boot from to simply over write it with a fresh install but the computer will not boot from the disk.

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Debian :: Create Custom Boot Disk That Would Include Some Programs Already Installed On Computer

Dec 3, 2010

I would like to create a custom boot disk that would include some programs already installed on my computer, so I wouldn't have to re download them, is there a way to do this?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unplug Disk, Can't Boot Winxp Disk?

Aug 22, 2010

WinXp sp3 is on disk sdb, then installed Ubuntu 10.04 on sda, can go into diff OS without any problem. I am going to move sda to another machine, when I unplug sda, WinXp can't start to boot on sdb. How to fix it?below is my case output$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System


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Debian Installation :: No Boot Disk Has Been Detected Or Disk Has Failed

Nov 3, 2015

I installed Debian on my PC with a Acer Stock motherboard (xc600) with amd64 and after the installation finished it told me to remove my installation media and reboot. After reboot I was returned this message ' ERROR: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed.'. I have verified with gparted using mint live OS that I have Debian installed on my system.

I got believes that this may have be caused by a broken grub or I need to configure something I don't know how in BIOS.

I will update the topic later..

My installation media was a USB 2.0 flashdrive with a Debian 8.2 Jessie Installer and 9 different Linux distros. I have installed Debian multiple times before on my laptop and never had this problem so I know how to go through the installation process and set the partitions.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer's Hardware May Not Support Booting To Disk

Nov 12, 2010

I am a ubuntu user and I tried to install ubuntu on my sister's netbook too. The problem is that the netbook has a broadcom wi-fi n that is not supported by linux for now because I searched for drivers and other stuff an I found that it is not supported. After that I tried to format the disk and reinstall windows 7 but the problem is that the installation procedure gives me this error: "windows cannot be installed on this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enable in the computer's bios menu."

I tried to do all the things that are described here: [URL] but it's still not working.

Obviously when I format the drive with ubuntu and I put it in the netbook it's not working, it stops at the logo and the only thing I can do is entering BIOS.

I formated the drive with a windows os and then the pc makes the boot from usb but the problem persit...I still can't install because of that error :"windows cannot be installed on this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enable in the computer's bios menu."

Before installing ubuntu the sistem had kaspersky antivirus and detected 1 Trojan, it could be that a virus destroyed the bootsect...I don't think so.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Disk Error On /boot With Dual Boot On Dual Disk

Dec 30, 2010

I have a (slightly complicated) dual/multi boot system.

I keep getting boot errors (when choosing ubuntu from the grub2 menu)

Serious errors were found while checking the disk drive for /boot

If I switch off and restart, ubuntu will then start without issue.

My setup is like this ....3 disks, one with 10.10 clean install - so Grub2, separate partitions for /, /boot and /home, one with windows 7, one with windows XP and 10.04 wubi (this is my old disk which I will trash once I'm happy with my upgrade to 10.10 & 7 on separate disks.

I installed 7 and 10.10 with ONLY their disks installed. After both were working, I added all disks and rejigged the grub2 menu (using update-grub and StartUp-Manager).

This problem only seems to occur if my previous boot was not 10.10 ( I will investigate this further). It's as if something (grub2 ?, the bios ?) is remembering part of the previous boot and not using the grub2 menu completely.

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Fedora Installation :: Boot From Installation DVD - IsoLinux: Disk Error 80 , AX = 42A7 , Drive 9F Boot Failed

Oct 20, 2010

I downloaded the Fedora live dvd iso file, burned it to a dvd. I was wondering if I forgot to do something or did I do something wrong. When I try to install from the dvd I get this error message, isoLinux: Disk error 80 , AX = 42A7 , drive 9F Boot Failed: press key to retry When I press a key to retry I get the same error. I also tried to install virtual pc and get not boot disk found.

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Debian Installation :: Disk Partitioning Consistently Triggers Computer Restart

Jan 3, 2016

I'm trying to perform a clean installation of 8.0.0-i386 from a CD. Seven consecutive attempts all result in the same issue: Almost immediately after commiting the disk partitioning settings (i.e., to begin formatting), the computer does a hard restart. I have tried doing the partitioning as early as possible in the installation process, just in case the system is running out of memory; I have also tried using the lowmem option. I suspect the problem may be related to my very old hardware...

Micronics serverboard 440BX chipset*
Dual Pentium II 450MHz CPUs*
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI adapter
IBM Ultrastar 36GB UW-SCSI HDD
Matrox G100 AGP video card*
*starred items are all original parts from an Intergraph server with validation/verification stickers attesting to their intercompatibility

No POST errors, the HDD passed verification using the Adaptec ROM utility, all unnecessary hardware removed

Could it be that I need an older release or some custom-compiled kernel? The only thing I could come up with on the web was that a lot of people have a similar failure with modern distros on non-PAE CPUs, but the P-II should not be susceptible to this problem.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Boot Error / Failed To Find Boot Disk

Sep 1, 2010

I had a a problem booting last night when my laptop battery came loose and caused a crash during boot.It ceased loading a daemon and I turned it off with the power switch, then I received the boot error,then i checked the linuxdrives directory and it was corrupt,I then, out of ignorance, ran wubi from within windows XP and said unistall believing that it would reinstall and fix itself.Thus you can see my green behaviour.I have been searching the threads and have tried many things but have had no success, I will suffer a great loss if I lose that load of Ubuntu as I have allot of work stored there, and in my Thunderbird accounts.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Separate Boot Partition - Doesn't Care About The Boot Flag On The Disk

Feb 14, 2010

Ubuntu 8.04.4

Added an SSD (dev/sdc) and decided to move some less often changed directories there. Started with /usr and /boot, leaving / on a primary in the first drive, for now. All started ok, and my changed fstab mounted the right ones, and the system works.

However, grub is actually using the original /boot on / on sda1. I cannot see any way to change this. (Which makes it sorta hard to update the kernel

From grub:

Okay, since it has two choices, I tried to tell it which one to use. But, grub> root (hd2,5) does nothing.

Disk /dev/sda:

what I seem to recall, grub doesn't care about the boot flag on the disk. Nor does it care about primary vs. logical (except GNU doc says "makeactive" only works on a primary?).

The GNU doc also indicates that it looks for a directory /boot on the partition, so if you're mounting a partition as /boot, it also needs to contain a /boot directory under it. Tried that, but no change.

Is my problem the logical partition? Does that prevent "grub> root" from changing it? I'm afraid to wipe out the old /boot and find that I can't start up.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer Won't Boot DVD Or USB?

Jan 4, 2011

Brand new build, top of the line components, windows 7 x64 installed and working flawlessly. I've got the boot order with cd rom first, usb 2nd, hard drive 3rd. I've got a good DVD in the blu ray drive, and it does not boot from the drive. Also same issue when the USB is in. Its using a SSD and I almost get the impression its checking things too fast then just heading to the SSD to load windows. Any ideas?

I've put the DVD into a crappy old laptop I have and it boots from it so I know its functional (the laptop shows some error for kernel or something but regardless it does get the ball rolling).

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Apr 18, 2011

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 desktop on a custom computer that already has 09.04 on it, but the computer won't boot to the cd. the computer will boot to a 09.04 cd that I have.

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Ubuntu Installation :: 11.04 Won't Boot On AMD 64-bit Computer?

May 10, 2011

Installed 11.04 several ways on ACER AMD 64-bit Phenom II computer with Win 7, 1.5 TB HD, and 500 GB Sata removable but none would boot. LiveCD works fine with Unity desktop displayed. Installed first using Wubi but would not boot. Then installed in 500 GB USB removable allowing entire disk to be used. Installation completed OK but would not boot. Created Super Grub2 disk and booted to it. It recognized Grub.cfg in removable but just got a black screen with blinking cursor in top lefthand corner when tried to boot Ubuntu. Then I cloned this installation to the primary 1.5 TB HD in an ext4 logical partition. It was recognized by Super Grub2 but would not boot. I tried a fresh installation from the LiveCD with the removable turned off, hoping that the new ext4 partition would be seen, but such was not the case. All I got was the message (during installation attempt), "No root file system is defined". I used the AMD64 version of 11.04 since the computer was 64-bit.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer Wont Boot From Usb?

Nov 8, 2010

I'm currently running ubuntu 9.04 32 bits which I installed with my usb stick. Now the problem is when I try to boot Windows 7 from usb drive it won't boot. Have checked bios that removeable dev is prio 1 and I even tried to delete any other option then boot from usb.

Tried the usb stick on my HP desktop and it booted from the usb stick without any problems. I have an ATI motherboard and i'm quite new in linux so can't realy provide any information about the motherboard but I'll show a pic. Don't know what i'm doing wrong since I can boot another computer with the usb stick.[URL]..

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot The 10.10 Onto Computer

Jan 23, 2011

Whe I press ESC to go into my BOOT menu, I try to choose boot from USB device first, but it say that there is no "vesamenu.c32". I that something I can fix if I re-download the iso?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer Crashed - Does Not Boot Hdd

Sep 1, 2011

I am writing this from a LiveDVD of 11.04. My machine, which is an Inspiron1501 with AMD64 dualcore crashed while running a working copy of 10.04LTS 32bit. At first Harddrived seemed unrecoverable, but not that may not be the case if I can mount it. HD is partitioned as 1 FAT which holds the OEM installer1 NTFS with a sub/ virtual NTFS (not as a file, but as a "partition", only readable from WinXX) 1 Linux Swap 1 Linux Extention 3 (I believe it is 3, as in EXT FS 3) Machine initially displayed:


[ 2.736258] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 160x50
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.
BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

After following some advice, I booted into Win and shutdown cleanly. Which has made the machine only say this on boot:


No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.
BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

Now, to make things a little more complicated, my home directory is encrypted. Could I just copy that over to a new install provided I can get it to mount?

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Ubuntu Installation :: USB Hard Disk Installation Does Not Boot?

Oct 31, 2010

I have installed Kubuntu on external WD HDD , it does NOT boot on this laptop but works on couple of other laptops , attached is the results txt output of the boot_info...sh.I can boot with USB flash drive that has kubuntu live Cd image when I use the external HDD ,it gives a blinking cursor only

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Ubuntu Installation :: Backing Up Computer Before Dual Boot?

Jul 20, 2010

So im trying to backup my computer, and I understand the easiest and maybe best way is just through an external hard drive. Mine is 1 terabyte. Ive organized my folders by just putting everything into my documents. But when I hook up my external hard drive, and I try to drag and drop, even through explorer, or copy and paste the folder, it just creates a shortcut. Then, if I bring it to another computer and open that file it just goes to the my documents of that computer, so it's obviously useless. I know this is extremely basic but I know I should do it prior to dual boot just in case.

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Sep 15, 2010

Will I have any programs with Ubuntu is going from my computer to my laptop when it save the setting from the first computer then boot from the other?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer Crashed Off Mid Upgrade 10.04 To 10.10 Now Won't Boot

Oct 14, 2010

I was upgrading from 10.04 to 10.10 and the computer completely froze and I restarted it thinking I would be able to restart the update where I left off (I'm new to ubuntu). However when I restart I can't get anywhere, if I boot normally the ubuntu screen comes up and then it stops with the computer name in the middle of the screen and thats it (can't do anything i can't get into shell via ctrl-alt-f1 etc..) if i use the recovery from the grub menu it loads a bunch of things then stops i can't type anything but I can switch using ctrl-alt-f1 and ctrl-alt-f7 but I don't see anything except:

under ctrl-alt-f1 the last line reads:

[2.711773] composite sync not supported
under ctrl-alt-f7: the last lines read
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
init: udevtrigger main process (421) terminated with status 1


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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrading To 10.10 On A Dual Boot Computer?

Oct 21, 2010

how I can upgrade to the new version of Ubuntu on a dual-boot computer?

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Fedora Installation :: How To Boot Computer With USB

Jun 2, 2009

I have transferred FC10-liveCD on to 1GB USB using liveusb-creator.

But the computer cannot start up with this one, die after leaving following message:

Cannot find linux kernel image boot:

I don't know what's wrong. I got the same error message when I transfered boot.img onto USB.

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Fedora Installation :: Use A Usb-pen To Boot The Computer?

Aug 6, 2009

I have a Dell notebook without cd-rom. I want to use a usb-pen to boot the computer so I can do a netinstall. Unfortunately I can't find much discussing this topics. At least as far as I can see.. Everybody is talking about making the usb a live-cd etc etc tec.. There has to be an easier way? It should be possible to just copy file1 2 and 3 over to the usb here in Vista, reboot and start the install so I can type in the location and start the netinstall!

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Ubuntu Installation :: Computer Will No Longer Boot Into XP After Upgrade / Sort It?

May 8, 2010

My knowledge of how Linux works is very limited. I've used it for about a year, but just doing very basic tasks (browsing the Internet, listening to music, etc).

Anyway, I upgraded to the newest edition of Ubuntu and installed the new Grub as the update seemed to recommend installing it to every partition and hard drive. I've seen that other people are now having issues from doing that as well.

I am able to boot into Linux just fine; it is working great. However, when I attempted to load Windows XP from Grub, the computer would just restart. I followed the recommendation listed here: http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/sh...95&postcount=3 which seemed to fix the problem for Windows 7 users. Now, all I get when I attempt to load XP is a blank screen with nothing but a blinking cursor (but hey, at least the computer isn't just automatically re-booting, that's some sort of progress...maybe...)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Install / Computer Ignores CD At Boot Time

Oct 30, 2010

I have and acer aspire 5251-1805 and I have a problem to install ubuntu. When I look at the Bios info there are 6 boot options including booting from CD. But then when I start the computer and press f12 there are only 3 options listed and there is no option to boot from the cd. What should I do?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Disk Boot Failure 9.10

Mar 18, 2010

Ubuntu/Linux operating systems. It installs just fine but after it reboots I get a "disk boot failure, insert system disk". I have searched around but I can't seem to find anything that works. There is only one hard drive in my computer and no other operating systems on it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Create A USB Boot Disk

Apr 21, 2010

I have a Samsung N110 running Windows 7 and I would like to install Ubuntu Netbook remix which I downloaded from [URL] I want to install it on the netbook in lieu of Windows so am not looking for a Live CD/USB option. I have run usb-creator.exe on my XP machine but no matter what I do I can't get the "make startup disk" to un-grey. I have selected the CD which contains the iso I unpacked, and it detects my USB drive (I:) which is 4Gb I had exactly the same problem at work when trying this with the .iso I downloaded so it isn't specific to this machine.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Burn Boot Disk

Jul 31, 2010

have previously burnt many iso Ubntu disks with no problems but evry time I try whether Linux or win I cannot boot from the disk. The burnt disk shows separate files rather than a single iso. I've tried them on 3 different computers with the first boot device set to CD and they all boot normally into Grub (except the netbook which only has XP).

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Ubuntu Installation :: Laptop Won't Boot From DISK Or USB

Aug 21, 2010

I have a really old sony vaio and the disk drive does not work, it does not have the option to boot from usb so im kind of stuck. Is there any other way I can install unbuntu through windows xp?


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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Boot From Hard Disk

Sep 26, 2010

This afternoon I finally had the time to run this Ubuntu KK CD and load over my old xp/Jaunty J partition. I had previously run the distro. through the CD, without harming my old partition. On doing so the system consistently reported my Toshiba ATA 120 gig hard disk had multiple bad sectors and was failing. As a true end user (who mucks only when necessary with the CLI) I just figured writing over the partition would end the failure. To be sure I ran Memtest8.66 v2.11 from the LiveCD; everything checked out fine. So I installed KK.

Or was I? Why did it still have the "Install ubuntu 9.10 ISO" icon on the left hand side of the screen? How did the CD come to whir when I tried starting apps like Open Office? Something wasn't right. So I rebooted, this time from the HDD. The start up looked predictable - there's that PXE-E361 Media Test Failure on some cable, I've been staring at that since I built the dual partition. But what's this? PXE-MOF: exiting EXE ROM. Huh? Oh and then the letter j..

This is a Toshiba Satellite A105 with a 200 gH 1gig Pentium M. When I boot the liveCD I get this trial environment that works fine. When I try installing from it I can even see that I'm writing over the previous, whole 9.10 partition I created this afternoon. Regardless when I boot from HDD I get that weird letter j..

I've checked on line for boot issues, and the forum too, but so far haven't seen an issue booting from the HDD, especially when the distro. is already loaded. What am I missing here, and how do I install it from a live CD environment?

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