Debian Installation :: Laptop Unbootable After Running Installer

Apr 3, 2016

I was running Windows 10 on MSI GT70 2OD-064US hoped to dual boot first had three primary partitions shrunk largest one and ran debian-8.3.0-amd64-netinst.iso chose guided install with remaining free space, didn't force UEFI asked if I wanted to install GRUB after finding Windows Vista (loader) I went ahead and installed. Couldn't boot afterwards with dark screen saying no install media, changed BIOS to legacy mode and got grub prompt followed tutorial and entered these commands:

grub> set root=(hd0,5)
grub> linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda5
grub> initrd /initrd.img
grub> boot

This caused it to boot without GUI I ran grub-update and restarted back at grub> again. How to get debian to boot or even windows 10 again?

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Fedora Installation :: Acer Aspire 1410 Laptop Is Unbootable

Apr 8, 2010

I have an Acer Aspire 1410 laptop which was running Win7. The laptop lacks a DVD drive and came pre-installed with a recovery partition as well.I've been searching for ways to dual-boot Fedora on it. I bought a Samsung USB DVD drive, but I burned two copies of Fedora 12 and neither would boot, nor would my Knoppix Live CD. I even updated the bios. Then I tried liveusb-creator from my desktop Fedora 10 system, but I would still run into strange errors that prevented booting into the installer.

Finally I downloaded UNetbootin and created a USB stick to boot Fedora 12. Neither Fedora 12 nor Ubuntu would recognize my network adaptor for some reason. Undaunted, I then used UNetbootin to create a Fedora 11 image which got me into the boot installer for the first time. I then used my Fedora 12 image from my portable DVD drive to install. The install seemed to go well.

That is, until I rebooted. Grub came up as expected. Fedora 12 runs into a very early Kernel panic (not syncing: DMAR hardware is malfunctioning) within moments. I tried rebooting into Windows, but it apparently doesn't care much for Grub. It sends me into the Recovery software and asks me to reset my hard drive. I've tried that a couple of times now and it's useless. Is the problem with Grub? I thought it would play nicely with Win7 and at least allow me to boot into it, which is why I allowed it to overwrite my MBR. I lack a Win7 disc and cannot repair the MBR that way.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Running Installer From USB Drive?

Dec 16, 2010

I've been having some problems getting the Ubuntu (9.10 ?) installer to start on my desktop computer. I have created a bootable USB stick using usb-creator (from my laptop), and am able to boot from it on my laptop. However, I get a "Boot error" message on my desktop when I tell BIOS to boot from the USB stick.I'm not sure this is related, but I tried to boot the Ubuntu install CD from my external USB CD Drive, but nothing happened - it just proceeded to boot from my primary hard drive. I have enabled USB boot in the BIOS, but it doesn't list the USB stick as removable media. It lists as a hard disk drive instead. I can't find the external CD Drive on any of those lists.

(Also, the laptop is dual-booting and has grub installed. The desktop has a single OS - WinXP (and hence doesn't have grub installed).. I don't know how this should affect the USB boot though)(I don't think this is a problem with only the Ubuntu installer, but I'd like a confirmation on this)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Prevent Installer From Running?

Feb 12, 2011

I have a persistent usb key with Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook remix. I need to know how to stop the installer fro0m running on boot so that it just goes to the desktop

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Debian :: Laptop Fan Running Loud After Kernel Upgrade?

Mar 16, 2010

I'm running Debian Squeeze and last night i upgraded to the latest kernel release. Rebooted and noticed that as the system temp rises the fan runs louder(as expected)t unlike before, it no longer gets quieter as the temp drops again. I didn't really think the OS managed that so bit confused why it is happening.I booted into Windows 7 and with the exact same temps the fan drops back down to a quieter state

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Debian Multimedia :: Running Squeeze On Laptop Speakers Do Not Work?

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I'm running Debian Squeeze on my laptop my laptop speakers do not work but when i plug in something into the headphone jack I then have sound (to the speakers plugged into my headphone jack).

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Debian :: Suspend On Console Without The X Server Running The Laptop Wakes Up To A Blank Screen?

Feb 26, 2011

I'm using a dell latitude d630 with an nvidia quadro 135M card. I'm able to suspend without any problems while running the X server. If I try to suspend on console without the X server running, the laptop wakes up to a blank screen. The screen remains blank and my only resort is to type sudo halt (with the screen off).I'm using the proprietary nvidia driver with the nvidia-kernel package on testing.

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Fedora Installation :: Get F12 Running On My Dell D600 Laptop?

Nov 21, 2009

i am trying to get F12 running on my Dell D600 laptop and am having some SERIOUS networking issues.

i had F11 running, but the upgrade process was FUBAR'd and doesn't work so i had to do a clean installation. upon finishing that, i now have no network connectivity.

i try connecting an ethernet cable to eth0 (LAN connection), no connection. i try connecting to my wireless network using wlan0, no connection

i turn off network manager, try adding them manually same thing.

how the frick do i get this thing to connect to the world?

Edit: p.s. the only connection that i've been able to get so far is some halfway connection to my wireless, but it puts me on the 10.x.x.x subnet, and my entire internal network is on 192.168.1.x.

Edit: one other thing, every time i make changes and reboot it tells me to log into system-config-network as root and make further changes

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Ubuntu Installation :: OS Not Running On Dell Inspiron Laptop?

Jan 10, 2010

I have a old Dell Inspiron Laptop I would like to use, but it dosent have awhole lot of memory 160megs worth and tried running the live cd of Ubuntu and Lubuntu and all i get on the screen is a blinking cursor. It give me the option to boot off the cd but that is where it stops.

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Jul 5, 2015

I've installed Ubuntu lots of times on my UEFI computer without any troubles. The last few days, I've been trying to install Debian Jessie on my computer. I do the steps bellow:

- Download the corresponding iso (amd64).
- Create a UEFI bootable USB drive with Rufus.
- With Safe boot, Fast boot and CSM disabled, I boot to the USB drive.

I expect to see something like this:

But what I get is this:

I'm using an Asus PC. GL550JK. The UEFI version is 205 (from Asus Support website).

Things I've tried:

- Booting with CSM on => Same behaviour. It's not my intention to install debian with CSM on, though.
- Using Wheezy instead of Jessi => Same behaviour.

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Debian Installation :: Can't Boot Installer With CD Or USB?

Mar 6, 2010

I tried to boot the net installer (debian-504-amd64-netinst.iso) from a flash drive (installed with dd). When I tried to boot that, my BIOS skipped the flash drive, which I had set the flash drive as the first boot device. So, I put it on a CDRW, and got the same result. I also tried the offline installer (debian-504-amd64-CD-1.iso) using both of those methods, with the same results. I verified the MD5SUM of this download. I am installing on a computer with a 64 bit Pentium 4 Prescott, if it matters. I have no other working OS on the computer. What other options do I have? Or am I doing something wrong?

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Debian Installation :: Make The Installer Use The CD Rather Than The Net?

May 11, 2011

I'm having a problem with my debian installation; I am using the debian testing / wheezy weekly build CD, and despite using the full 650MB CD, and checking the CD to see that X, gnome, etc is all on there, it seems to insist on just downloading every single package from the internet - the CD doesn't even spin up during the 'select and install software' stage

This wouldn't be that much of a problem, except whenever I choose to use the graphical environment, it downloads all the packages, installs half and then says 'an installation step failed'!. And as it has to download the full set of packages from the net (rather than the CD) it gets a bit tiresome waiting 2+ hours for all the packages to download (I have fast internet, but the debian server doesn't feed data that fast).

And, the reason I am installing the graphical environment is that, although the installer recognises the network card, once you boot into the freshly installed system, it doesn't recognise the network card at all, and trying to bring it up just says 'eth0 not ready'!. So I want to get the graphical environment to make wireless easier to install, since the drivers for that are present, but wpa_supplicant isn't!

I'm tempted to just go and get Linux Mint Debian Edition... but I should be able to at least *install* Debian? (on a side note, I can't see what I'm doing wrong, since you can't really go wrong with the installer - it just seems to fail itself each time!).

how to make the installation faster by getting the installer to use the CD full of packages that I downloaded, rather than downloading the from the net each time, and also how to (1) find out *what* happened (the expert mode just says a step failed and that is it), and (2) to either get round it at the time, or prevent it happening somehow?. I installed Debian in 2007 on another laptop and that worked, but I then moved to Ubuntu as I wanted some newer software...... Ubuntu has been great until 11.04 which seems so full of bugs it isn't funny, so it is time to go back to Debian, if only I could get it installed!

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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10 Makes Unbootable USB Stick?

Apr 23, 2010

I have a 4 gig Kingston USB stick. I have an Eee PC with 4 gig internal flash drive (no hard drive). I can't find the specs but I believe it is roughly equivalent to an Eee PC 900 or something.

About a year ago I downloaded the then latest version of ubuntu for netbooks, created a bootable USB drive from my Mac, as per the instructions at:url

or whatever the equivalent site was then. It booted fine, it installed fine and everything was great.

Eventually the tiny flash drive in my EeePC got full. I couldn't upgrade to the new 9.10 distro through auto updates because there wasn't enough room to download them.

I tried to delete some old kernels and then delete some other stuff. I broke my linux installation and now it won't boot to a desktop. I can get a login prompt and I can boot to the fail safe terminal but not much else.

So, I tried repeating the steps above.

I downloaded the NEW version of ubuntu netbook remix from:url

I followed the instructions for making a bootable USB stick from the first link above. I used the EXACT SAME USB stick as last time (in fact, it still had the older version of the ubuntu install files on it).

There were no errors "creating" the USB drive and it can be mounted on my Mac and I can see the files are on it.

I stuck it into my EeePC and rebooted and hit the ESC key and selected the Kingston USB drive to boot from. The light on the USB drive flashed some, then the internal flash drive light flashed some and the EeePC booted from the internal drive.

I rebooted and went into the bios settings and made triple sure that it was set to boot from USB drive first and rebooted. The same thing happened (it "looked at" the USB drive, then booted from the internal drive).

I repeated the above a dozen times. I REinstalled the ubuntu files on the USB drive from my Mac. I repeated. Still the same.

I redownloaded the ubuntu files and did everything from scratch. Again no errors "creating" the USB drive and it can be mounted on my Mac and I can see the files are on it, but again, it is absolutely useless because it is unbootable.

I tried booting my Mac from the USB drive and my Mac didn't recognize it as a bootable drive either.

I found another 4 gig USB drive and repeated the steps above with it. It was exactly the same: no errors creating it, the drive is mountable on my Mac, but it is completely unbootable.

I am at a loss to find any info on this nor do I have any idea what to try next. I KNOW this worked with the first USB drive last year (with an earlier version of ubuntu). What could possibly have changed?

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Feb 18, 2010

I'm a little bit stuck and in need of advice from people who know what they're talking about. I've had Ubuntu on my office PC, home PC and laptop for about a year now and never had a problem that I couldn't solve, until now. I'd not turned my laptop (Lenovo N 500 with Ubuntu 9.10 64 Bit using GRUB2) on for about a month so when I did on Monday of this week I noticed that I'd not updated Ubuntu for 27 days, so ran the update manager. After everything was updated I carried on using it as normal but when I tried to turn it on yesterday I get the following issue...

GRUB loads and gives me all the possible boot options. Whatever one I choose, I get the same results. It starts to boot (I see the black screen with the white Ubuntu logo) but this remains on the screen for a very long time, then it goes to a flashing cursor at the top left of the screen and it just sits there indefinitely.

I've tried playing with Super GRUB Disc but admittedly I'm not too sure what I'm doing with it. I've tried using the Ubuntu Installation disc as a Live CD too but with no joy. The main HDD appears fine when in Live CD mode, all my files are there etc.. Is this actually a GRUB issue or something else? It's like GRUB's doing its bit and then it's failing slightly further down the line.

I'm totally out of my depth here and really don't want to have to reinstall everything, I'm sure there's a simply solution.

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Debian Installation :: How To Select KDE In Jessie Installer B2

Oct 28, 2014

I wrote the hybrid DVD image for DI b2 (Jessie) on the USB drive and booted from it (UEFI mode). But I don't see KDE there in the advanced options. Was it removed from the image, or desktop environment selection is moved to some late stage now?

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Nov 30, 2014

I want to install debian 7.7 to a laptop with encrypted LVM, but some how i can't install inside the LVM a separate /home and swap partition. Graphic Installer says i cannot change anymore after i made a encrypted LVM. When i make the separate partitions before making an LVM, i can encrypt them but i have to enter for every partition my passphrase. How I can create a LVM with /, /home and swap without entering three times my passphrase.

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May 20, 2015

I'm trying to install jessie on a new computer, but the installer does not see the hard drives. I copied the DVD-1 iso to a usb stick with dd (also tried the netinstall) and it boots, but when I get to partitioning, it only sees the usb drive. If I go to another virtual console and run dmesg or fdisk -l, all drives are seen correctly.

Back up a little - at first I tried the on-board raid, but when the installer couldn't see the drives, I went back into the bios and reset the sata mode to ahci. I've got it set to use bios/legacy OS, or whatever it's called, fast boot is disabled. Even if only one drive is connected, the debian installer does not see it. Then I read up on the fake raid I was trying to use and decided to go with software raid. Can't do that if there's no hard drives listed in the partitioner.

My own installer (refractainstaller) does work, and I've installed jessie with it a couple of times onto one drive, but I really wanted to use raid and lvm, and my installer doesn't do either of those things. No optical drive, but if that's the only way to install, I'll pull the one from my current box and use it for the install. I think I still have a blank CD or DVD lying around.

Intel core i3 (the cheapest one at newegg)
WD Black 1TB drives (2)
GSkill cheap memory, which already passed a memtest.

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Feb 6, 2011

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Jun 20, 2011

I have 2 machines packardbell p3/733 and a Gigabyte p4/1.9Ghz both are running well with Lenny.The Lenny installer (debian-500-i386-netinst.iso ) works fine on both machines.The all the copies of squeeze installer ( debian-6.0.1a-i386-netinst.iso ) work on the P4 but on the P3 it locks up / crashes video card / ??? when I select Graphical install.I have re downloaded the file and use gnomebaker to burn the iso image.could it be a hardware incompatibility ?

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May 4, 2010

I've just reported a launchpad bug report about my desktop system being unbootable after upgrade to lucid lynx. [URL]... I opened this thread to ask if someone else experienced a similar problem and for collecting information and workarounds (none yet) about this quite serius problem. The system has an nvidia graphic card and proprietary drivers were installed before the upgrade. However I'm not sure the problem is related to this. FYI, the system booted regularly from a usb stick with ubuntu lucid lynx. SO the problem is in the upgrade path.

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May 4, 2010

I tried running an upgrade from 8.04 LTS to 10.4 last night, and things seemed to be going smoothly. The upgrade progress was nearly complete, and I wandered off for a while to let it run. When I came back, I had nothing but an orange screen and and unresponsive system. I left it alone all night with the hopes that something would happen, but this morning nothing had changed so I hard restarted the system.

Ubuntu 10.4 appears in GRUB, but the system cannot boot and exits with a kernel panic and the message "vfs unable to mount root fs on unknown-block" I was able to boot to a 10.4 LiveCD, and I can browse all of my files from there. What can I do to get this system back up an running? I have dozens of user account and a lot of customization (it acts as a webserver with a wiki for a gaming website running on it, among other things), so I really really don't want to do a fresh install and lose all my data and customizations.

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Jul 11, 2010

I updated 9.10 and system crashed during update and is now unbootable. It seems to freeze (or is just taking a really long time) at fsck. Is there any way to make my computer usable again without reinstalling the whole OS?

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Dec 2, 2010

I did a routine update of my ubuntu 10.4 (in wubi vista) to the latest kernel (something -26) and installed a java plugin for firefox. After a reboot, i open up the "Ubuntu" entry and i see a message flash accross the screen (something about hda,0,0 or sda im not sure) then it just reboots the PC. No command line or anything. No need to say im pretty screwed

My question is, is there any way to get my files off of wubi? Or even better can i restore Ubuntu to working again? P.S for some reason the two times i have tried to run a live CD on this laptop, it has corrupted vista.

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Aug 12, 2014

I am using mini.iso to install Jessie from network and I need lose setup command that is required by cryptsetup for mounting the detached header of an encrypted volume. Is there a way to get losetup from network during installation? For example by means of anna-install? Does any package from udeb.list contain losetup?

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Nov 23, 2014

I am installing Whezzy and the installer failed to install grub on the MBR of /dev/sda

My disks are
- /dev/sda : the flash drive with the debian ISO
- /dev/sbd : a small SSD for the / partition (sdb1)
- /dev/sdc + /dev/sdd : a software RAID-1 array with LVM for /home, ...

Grub fails to install on /dev/sda which makes sense since this is the flash drive containing the Debian ISO so no MBR.

I already tried to run grub-update manually on /dev/sdb (with chroot /target grub-install --no-floppy --force "/dev/sdb" ).

It works but the system is not directly bootable. I had access to a second PC to read the grub documentation so was able to boot and to fix my system but this is annoying.

Is it normal to see my flash drive as /dev/sda? Could it be that my flash drive is incorrectly detected as a HD?

Is there a way to force the installer to install grub on /dev/sdb?

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Apr 27, 2015

I'd like to do a fresh install of newly released Jessie with only Xfce in a graphical installer. When I come to the point where i have to select the DE to install, there are options: Debian desktop environment, and then ...GNOME, ...Xfce, ...Lxde etc.

I guess that with the first option, it's like in Wheezy - it installs the default, which is gnome. But if i choose the ...xfce option, do i have to keep the 'debian desktop environment' option checked, or will that just install gnome alongside Xfce? Do i have to check only Xfce as an option?

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Jul 16, 2015

I'm making some tests with Debian Setup.

As reported by the docs [URL] .... there are some boot parameters available for the Debian Installer.

I would like to try a setup setting the base-installer/install-recommends to false.

This can be done via preseeding, but I'd like to try it out setting the boot parameter.

I've tried several combinations but no one has been effective.

What is the syntax for setting the base-installer/install-recommends parameter to false at boot time?

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Aug 15, 2015

I am installing Jessie to a dual-boot Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop currently booting Windows XP + Ubuntu 9.04. I downloaded the small installation image:

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and created a live dvd using growisofs.

The Jessie install documentation says: "If you downloaded an iso image, check that the md5sum of that image matches the one listed for the image in the MD5SUMS file that should be present in the same location as where you downloaded the image from." For the downloaded image this produced the result

Select all~$ md5sum debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso
095a83b715e1b74b6d30b2259275f4af  debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso

There is no MD5SUMS file in the download directory. There is an md5sum.txt file included in the iso image: this lists the md5sum of every file in the image, but not that of the image itself. The check for the burned dvd was successful :

Select all~$ dd if=/dev/cdrom | head -c `stat --format=%s debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso` | md5sum
645120+0 records in
645120+0 records out
330301440 bytes (330 MB) copied, 1.28047 s, 258 MB/s
095a83b715e1b74b6d30b2259275f4af  -

Is this a documentation error ? I next booted the laptop from the live installer dvd. After generating a number of messages, it stopped displaying a message along the lines of: "Invalid video mode - press Enter to select a mode".

I assumed it would wait for me but it soon rushed on, producing screeds of segmentation fault error messages, eventually slowing down to a rythmic display of:

Code: Select all*** Error in Xorg:free() invalid pointer: 0xb7101ce3

***Surely it should have waited for me to press Enter?

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Aug 22, 2015

I'm trying to install Debian 8.1 LXDE 64bit on a Toshiba Chromebook cb30 from usb. When I select 'install' the laptop restarts and gets me back to the installer menu. I removed 'quiet' from the boot options and it seems that the reboot happens after initrd.gz is read. I previously installed the 32bit version on the chromebook and the installation process worked pretty much without any issues. I might have added 'mem=1024m' to the boot options, though even if I did, this doesn't do anything to my current attempt.

The chromebook processor according to `uname -a` is x86_64 Intel Celeron 2955U. how I could install the image or start debugging the issue?

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May 13, 2010

The installer for powerpc is broken in Squeeze. If yaboot is installed, it will break the whole boot process. I don't know exactly what goes wrong but it is a serious bug. I tried many times until I found out that yaboot is broken in Squeeze. In Lenny it still works luckily, so I could get something back after a complete sweep of my hard disk (the Lenny installer could not do anything with the ext4 partition of Squeeze as it is not supported in Lenny, so trying to put yaboot back did not work from there). Let this be a warning to people and a reminder for developers that there is a serious bug in yaboot.

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