Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade 10.04 Boots Slow With Blinking Cursor Then Text

Jun 11, 2010

just upgraded to Lucid. When booting, I get a blinking cursor on a black screen for 30 sec. Then I get some flashes of text about UDEV. Finally, I get a desktop after about 30 more sec.

Any way to speed this up? I've already tried disabling my nonexistent floppy drive in the bios, but it didn't help.

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I am getting a much slower boot with the 10.04 upgrade. After choosing which partition to use I get the blinking white cursor in the upper left hand corner and the "Boot from (hd0,4) ext 3..." sits there for a while before coming to the log in screen. There have been quite a few posts about this, a lot of people are saying disabling the floppy drive in the BIOS has worked for them. I don't have a floppy drive on my laptop.

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Noticed other users have been directed to run the boot info script, so here are the results from that.

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4. Boot Ubuntu live from the first flash (sometimes I think I must put the second flash after the boot so it finds only the live version... If I have put both flashes sometimes it won' t boot)

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I decided to swap my media center PC over to Kubuntu after I had some issues with the Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10 update. It has had Ubuntu on it for probably 3 years now. Most notably, the same issue is occuring now with any installer later than 9.04 which leads me to believe it is all Grub2 related.

The install runs without errors, but after booting from HD I get only a blinking insertion cursor. No Grub at all. I've held in shift, nada. I booted to Live CD and reinstalled Grub manually but still no love. It acts as though Grub simply isn't there.

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I am doing a typical install with no special functions on a RAID1 onboard Intel array. I know the array works because I tested it by installing Windows Server 2003 which works fine. The RAID also shows as healthy in the BIOS.

This problem is very difficult to remedy because everything seems to install fine with Ubuntu but when you reboot after the install you get a blinking cursor _ and nothing else. It appears that something happened when loading the OS but it's impossible to get past the blinking cursor because you can't type anything or escape out of it. The only thing that it will register is Ctrl+Alt+Del which will restart the server.

The funny thing is it does not display the typical Sigkill and show processes shutting down. The screen goes black and it restarts only to return to the blinking cursor. I am on my 6th attempt at an install with ubuntu and I am seriously considering switching over to windows unless.

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HP Envy 15
lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 15h (Models 10h-1fh) Processor Root Complex
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I don't know why they are listed as microsoft basic data.

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/dev/sda2 swap 4GB
/dev/sda3 / ext4 634GB

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Feb 1, 2011

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mount /dev/md0 /mnt/md0

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