Installation :: PC Won't Boot Ubuntu / Sort It?

Feb 22, 2010

I'm trying to install ubuntu on my laptop running Windows XP, and created a cd with ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso on it, about 706 Mb. Anyway, I've tried powering off and on, and my PC doesn't try to run the install CD in the CD drive. It just ignores it and starts windows. I've done this several times. I remember one time it asked how I wanted to install ubuntu, and I selected the "inside of windows" option so I can boot either Windows XP or ubuntu. But nothing happens.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Boot Into U10.04 After Installiing On Second HD / Sort It?

Sep 8, 2010

Sorry for the really noob question.
I have Win XP on sdc. Boots fine
Installed 10.04 on a new sdb.
System still boots into XP without showing a menu. There is no grub loader and I couldn't find a place in the .iso install where the grub could be change from sdb to sdc. "Change location" only allowed sdb.
So what did I do incorrectly and how do I fix it.
Needless to say I've read many posts about multiboot, but this old brain can't determine what I did incorrectly

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Ubuntu Installation :: Won't Boot After Kernel Update / Sort It?

Feb 8, 2010

Update manager reported some updates including kernel update to version 2.6.31-19.

after update system won't boot. it crashes into bash shell. I've manually loaded kernel version 16 with following command code...

same thing happened when version 17 came up. I definitely NEVER again going to update kernel. What do I need to do now? should I uninstall latest kernel...if that is possible?

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Installation :: Can't Put Boot Loader On New Ubuntu Partition / Sort It?

Jul 22, 2010

I am tying to add Ubuntu 10.04 desktop i386 to my Windows 7 PC. I do not want to mess with the Windows boot loader, so as the sentence from the guide at the bottom states, tried to put GRUB onto the newly created partition for Ubuntu. I could not because upon choosing the device (which turned out to /dev/sda5) , the "OK" button was disabled

"Manual" option was chosen above - on a second try, I chose "use all available free space" and Ubuntu created #5 and #6 on SCSI1 (0, 0, 0). The new device was /dev-sda-1, but again, Ubuntu would not put the boot loader on it.

"If you have a problem with changing the MBR code, you might prefer to just install the code for pointing to GRUB to the first sector of your Ubuntu partition instead."

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Ubuntu Installation :: Mandriva Won't Boot After U10.04 Install / Sort It?

Aug 8, 2010

I have a triple-boot of Windows Vista, Ubuntu 10.4, and Mandriva 2010. After a re-installation of Ubuntu I have been unable to boot Mandriva (it doesn't appear on the boot menu). I could sure use some help with this. Following is some boot info that I downloaded code...

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Ubuntu Installation :: U10.10 - Fails To Boot From Disc / Sort It?

Nov 13, 2010

I have an ASUS G51J notebook with Windows 7 installed. I was following This Guide. I set aside about 100GB for the Unallocated partition. When I started my laptop, I chose to boot from CD (which has an Ubuntu 10.10 ISO on it). I saw a purple background with two icons at the bottom of the screen, and eventually "Ubuntu" appeared in the center with a few dots underneath it. These dots would change color from left to right like a loading bar.

This is where my issue comes up. My friend was using this same CD on his Dell laptop and his desktop which has a XFX motherboard, Q6600 processor, and Invidia 470 graphics card. After this "loading bar" was done, he would be asked if he wanted to boot or install Ubuntu.

This didn't happen for me. What happened instead was that I saw what looked like my Windows desktop after having gone through a meat grinder. There were various icons randomly in pieces all over the place. The only icon that was in one piece (by chance) was my shortcut to Skype.

Has anyone seen this before? Am I doing something wrong? My friend was saying that maybe I should try with a fresh reinstall of Windows and try again. I wasn't even given the choice to just boot from disc. It got to the point where I expected it to give me the options to do so, but instead the Kansas version of my desktop shows up after being hit by an F5

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Get HP Laptop To Boot From Live USB - Sort It?

Apr 25, 2011

Fed up with Windows and ready to become a Linux convert. Here's the only problem:

I've created no less than four separate Live USB distros - all using different USB sticks -
yet my HP Pavilion dv7 refuses to recognize any of them as "bootable devices."

1) Have formatted USB sticks in FAT16 & FAT32 - neither made a difference.

2) Have created bootable USB sticks using Ubuntu Minimal Live install; Ubuntu full Live install; PuppyLinux Live install; even a simple gparted live install - none will boot.

3) Have checked & re-checked that BIOS is set to boot first from USB drive device.

4) 2 of the 4 USB sticks are new, fresh out of the packaging; and 3 of the 4 USB sticks are each from different manufacturers - so I'm fairly certain it's not a issue of a particular brand being incompatible, nor is it due to the sticks being corrupted somehow.

5) Each of the 4 live distros appears to have downloaded just fine - all necessary files appear to be in order.

6) Have tried using Unetbootin, Ubuntu's own live usb tool, and 1 or 2 others - all have failed to boot my HP laptop.

7) Have even tried removing all non-essential hardware before booting - even booting with no hard drives installed - system still returns the error "no bootable device detected."

This laptop is only 2 years old; I know it should be able to boot from USB. I can boot from a (rather old) SliTaz distro on CD just fine - but I need a persistent USB stick so I can easily add packages as needed, etc...s.

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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: 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 :: 10.10 Upgrade On USB Flash Drive Fails To Boot / Sort It?

Dec 4, 2010

I have a 1.0 ghz G4 eMac running Tiger. Using Ubuntu 10.04's Live-CD I installed 10.04 on a 8-gig USB flash drive and it worked very well despite spending nearly five hours to download its files via DSL and a pokey USB 1.1 port. The flash drive's 10.04 installation worked just fine on my eMac and 900mhz G3 iBook except for Airport wireless non-connecting issues.(I like Ubuntu 10.04 because unlike Mint for PPC, you're not hassled or barred from accessing your Mac HD and its files.) THEN, to resolve my wireless issues, I decided to upgrade to 10.10 which took nearly 12 hours, and it seemed to've installed well until I tried booting the flash drive and it doesn't work. I get the Ubuntu icon in the Startup Disk screen but it keeps returning to it even after I select Ubuntu. The error screen I get reads code...

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Boot From Grub Prompt - CD On Lucid / Sort It?

Sep 1, 2011

First, I know there are numerous threads on grub errors but I have tried all possible solutions and that's why I'm here. My issue is that I'm not able to boot from the grub prompt as described for installing grub from a LiveCD I can see grub is installed but is missing the kernal and other files. code...

I ran the boot_info script and the output is attached. From what I can tell it cannot even detect an OS being installed, but I've kept everything up to date and never had any issues. Everything was fine yesterday and now this. Also, I tried the Boot Repair CD and that did not work.

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Installation :: Can't Boot From External CD Drive After Ubuntu Remix Install / Sort It?

Nov 11, 2009

I have an Acer netbook that I installed Remix on. Now I can't get the thing to boot from the CD drive which is connected via the USB port. Any suggestions? I set the boot order with the CD drive first and the HD last.

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Installation :: Fedora 14 Won't Boot After Kernel Update / Sort It?

Apr 12, 2011

Hello, i recently update the kernel in fedora through the GUI update manager and after restarting the new kernel wouldn't boot and i had to reboot into the old one. it freezes right after Plymouth finishes and the login screen should show up it just completely freezes, i do have proprietary nvidia drivers could it be that?

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Fedora Installation :: Fedora Won't Install Dual Boot / Sort It?

Jul 28, 2009

I tried a number of times to install dual boot with Win2k. I keep getting errors at the stage of setting up the partition for the install. When I try to choose ext4 it says Fedora cannot be installed on a bootable drive, fix the problem. I don't see how to fix does not say what to do or change.

I have had other linux installed in the same partition without a problem. What gives?

150GB drive for both OS's Separate drive for data, not involved in the install.

| 72GB NTFS Win2K | 76 GB free for ext3 and swap |

LBA support on in Bios.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Boot To System / Sort This?

Jun 6, 2010

I have Vista 32bit dual booting with Ubuntu 10.04
I want Vista to be my default OS so I installed Start-Up Manager in Ubuntu and set Vista as the default OS and changed the timeout to 0 seconds.

By doing this, I thought that it would always boot to Vista as if nothing else was installed (which is what I wanted it to act like) and then whenever I wanted to boot to Ubuntu I would hold down 'Shift' to load the Grub2 menu and select Ubuntu.

The problem is, every time I boot up the Grub menu won't load. I tried holding 'Shift' down, tapping repeatedly, but all that comes up is something like "Grub Menu...Loading" in the top left corner and then it boots to Vista.

I just need a way to boot back to Ubuntu to change the timeout.

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Apple :: Unable To Boot Mac After Trying Out Ubuntu Live Cd / Sort It?

Jun 12, 2010

I have a serious problem! I downloaded and burnt Ubuntu 10.04 and then chose it as start up volume in Snow Leopard's start up disk preference dialogue and although Ubuntu runs successfully from the cd (I'm typing from it now) I can no longer boot into OS X at all.

I have tried all of the different short cuts at boot up to no avail, even trying 2 keyboards. It insists on looking for the Ubuntu disk and if it is not in the drive comes up with an error message stating that a system disk cannot be found.

Is there any kind of tool on Ubuntu that will let me change the start up disc/interact with the Mac's efi settings? I previously had refit installed but this disappeared just before I booted the cd, is it worth using the live cd?

I tried booting from a Tiger dvd but it wouldn't let me do so, it just returned me to the ominous "System disk not found" message.

Does anyone have any kind of idea? Perhaps some kind of shell script that will reinstall refit? I'm guessing that any kind of dvd designed for PC will prob boot, any kind of OS X recovery disk compatible with MBR available?

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Apple :: Mac Partition Won't Boot After Installing Ubuntu 10.4 / Sort It?

Aug 30, 2010

So I repartitioned my mac hard drive using the disk utility in my mac os. Shrink the mac HD and created a new partition for ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu and everything works fine and it was be able to boot back into mac yesterday. However, this morning, when I was holding down the ALT key at startup trying to go into my mac, no boot options come up, it automatically goes into the ubuntu boot option (grub 2) and i tried to go into the mac osx on sda2 from grub2 but it'll take a very long time and nothing boots up. It just says 'waiting for root devices'. Do I need to insert the mac cd and try to repair the system? All my files and partition are still there so I think its not completely gone.

ps. I have the newest macbook version (6.1?)

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Ubuntu :: After Reinstalling Window Xp Can't Get Option On Boot / Sort It?

Jan 10, 2011

I have windows 7 and ubuntu 10.04 lts on the same hard disk, having dual boot system. My problem is that after formatting c: drive and installing windows xp the ubuntu option does not appear and windows xp starts directly without any options of dual boot.So how to get the option of ubuntu again to start ubuntu.please guide me as i am new to ubuntu.

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Servers :: Ubuntu Server Won't Boot After Updating / Sort It?

Jun 29, 2011

I'm planning on having a play with Ubuntu server. I'm running it on VMWare 7.

I installed Ubuntu server, after that i proceeded to update it.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo reboot

After the reboot it just boots into a black screen with a blinking cursor.

I can boot into recovery mode if i hold down shift and i tried to follow these instructions for repairing GRUB.

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Fedora :: F12 Laptop Won't Boot / Sort It?

Jun 12, 2010

My fedora 12 laptop will no longer boot properly. i get my bios screen, then the fedora intro screen (with the f / infinity symbol on a blue background) after a brief blank screen, then i get a blank screen with a blinking cursor. i can type things but nothing happens when i do, and the computer never exits out of that screen.

is there anything i can do to correct this problem short of a reinstall? i really hate to lose some of the drivers i went to a lot of trouble to find and install as well as some software and some user files.

p.s.: the last thing i did before the problem was to use yum to install quite a few fonts (xorg-...) but it ran after that and i think even went through one reboot with no problems.

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Red Hat / Fedora :: F12 In Vbox Won't Boot / Sort It?

Jan 17, 2010

Ok, so i just got fedora 12 all set up in Virtual Box and got the guest additions and stuff so i can have max screen res. I went to set up compiz following this site (google Using Compiz on Fedora 12 as Linux Guest in VirtualBox) installed dkms, rebooted and now after it loads the bar at the bottom that says fedora 12, it gives a blank black screen with a solid white line at the top like a c prompt curser. Whats the deal here? did dkms break my install or something? Its on a vm so no big loss but id still like to know.

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Debian :: Live USB Doesn't Boot But Ubuntu / Mint Does - Sort It?

Feb 15, 2011

I am very much new to Debian. To have a feel and check if my laptop (HP Elitebook 6930p) is supported I decided to use a live USB option. I know how to create a live USB disk using Ubuntu and using the same knowledge I created the USB disk and tried to boot using it. The system starts to boots off the USB drive and then is stuck at a point where it fails to identify my HDD. Here is what I did
a) downloaded the debian-live-508-i386-gnome-desktop.iso/debian-live-508-i386-gnome-desktop.img/debian-live-507-i386.iso (I tried with all 3)
b) created a live USB using unetbootin
c) tried to boot from live environment

My laptop's hard drive is encrypted using SafeBoot.
After all the 3 debian images failed to boot I tried with other Linux flavors such as Mint and Ubuntu. Interestingly Mint and Ubuntu boot. Is there some thing I need to take care of?

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Ubuntu :: Lucid Boot Hangs When Using Thinkpad With Monitor / Sort It?

Aug 15, 2010

I use an IBM Thinkpad T30 with an ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 graphics card as my work machine, mostly at a desk, using a docking station to link it into a monitor. I upgraded to Lucid last weekend. When using the integral screen on the laptop the graphics have been fine, but when using a monitor I initially got some very poor contrast, brightness and gamma output, described in this bug.

According to the advice in that bug report, I upgraded the kernel, with Kernelcheck automatically updating me to 2.6.35-candela. Now, rather than poor graphics with the monitor it just hangs on the splash screen, displaying the words Ubuntu with the dots underneath.

Reading around, when similar problems have been seen in previous versions of Ubuntu it has been a graphics issue, which fits. One piece of advice I've seen quite commonly is to remove the "quiet splash" from grub, which I've tried but doesn't work. I am tempted to try and work through the different grub commands these guys used to tackle a similar problem with the live CD:

But am a bit reticent as I don't know what they all do.

As an aside, the 2.6.35-candela kernel brings up a bunch of errors on boot, described at the link below, but reading that thread they don't look like they would cause my problem:

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Fedora :: F15 Hangs During First Boot On Virtual Box / Sort It?

Aug 24, 2011

I am installing Fedora 15 as a guest machine on virtual box. the installation completes fine, but it gets hanged on the date and time screen during first boot. Even on clicking "Forward" button it doesn't work and just gets stuck there.
I am using windows 7 as the host machine and I have given 1 GB ram and 8 GB hard disk to guest fedora OS.
Before the installation, I checked the media also it was shown to be correct. The media I am using is virtual clone drive for DVD ISO image. VirtualBox version 4.1.2 was used.

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Software :: Fedora Download Won't Boot / Sort It?

Apr 24, 2011

Downloaded Fedora.iso the other day. Burned a cd so I could hopefully load either the cd or iso. into a virtual machine. Neither one works. As a virtual machine have no BIOS issue, so that's not it. I did burn and not just copy files, so that's not it either. Anyone have any ideas?

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Red Hat :: System Won't Boot - Just Says GRUB And Restarts / Sort It?

Jan 20, 2009

I updated a RHEL 4 system today using up2date and when the system rebooted it just said "GRUB" on the screen for a few seconds and then restarted (and did this over and over and over).

I booted from a rescue CD and was going to reinstall grub.

Here's the kicker: this machine has two hard drives configured with software RAID 1, and I don't want to screw up the mirroring by tinkering with grub.

/etc/fstab shows that /boot is at /dev/md0 but "/sbin/grub-install /dev/md0" doesn't work ("/dev/md0 does not have any corresponding BIOS drive").

I have a bad feeling that if I do "/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda1" that I'm going to screw up my mirroring.

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Multimedia :: Ubuntu 10.10 Won't Boot After Attempted Install Of ATI FGLRX Driver / Sort It?

Jan 17, 2011

I'm running 10.10 from an 8GB USB flash drive with persistence to see if I can get it working the way I need it before I can completely transition from Windows. I have an onboard ATI Radeon HD3300 running dual monitors which is on the list of supported devices for the FGLRX driver package, but I've encountered multiple issues.

First, when I chose to activate it from the Add'l Drivers dialog, it gave an error: "SystemError: installArchives() failed". I found a forum where someone had suggested opening the Terminal and giving the following commands:sudo aticonfig --initialfollowed bysudo rebootWhen my system rebooted, the Ubuntu screen showed "Ubuntu 10.10" in a plain font instead of the Ubuntu graphical logo, and then it quickly displays an error in a dark-colored font and then the screen flickers several times before stopping at a full-screen terminal. I have never used Linux before, so I don't know any commands at all or even what to do from here. I just want the dual screens to work and have the correct resolution.

Am I going to have to format and reload my flash drive again?

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Feb 28, 2010

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Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB - Can't Start XP After Installation Of U10.10 / Sort It?

Jan 26, 2011

After I finally successfully installed ubuntu, I cannot start Windows from the GRUB start menue.

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Fedora :: Unable To Get Module To Auto Load At Boot / Sort It?

Sep 20, 2010

I have been unable to get the snd-aloop module to load on boot.

I have tried appending the following to /etc/modprobe.d/dist-alsa.conf code...

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Moving To Different Server - Won't Boot Past GRUB / Sort It?

Jun 11, 2010

I recently tried to clone a RHEL 4 system and migrate it to some different hardware (IBM Blade to an IBM x3650M2 rack mount). I'm getting an error when it tries to boot up. It gets past the grub part, but then errors out quickly with this error code...

I've done this before, but the other system I migrated didn't have a separate "/" and "/boot" partition. I think this may be why it's having an issue. It seems like "/boot" is actually /dev/sda1 and "/" is /dev/sda2 (from booting up RHEL rescue disk). I've tried changing fstab and grub.conf, but I think I may be missing something.

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