Ubuntu Installation :: Grub PC 1.98 Lubuntu 6 Failed To Install Or Upgrade

May 30, 2010

I installed a new Ubuntu OS in my computer, (I downloaded it yesterday) on a dual boot pc (windows xp) Installation went smooth until it reached grub-pc. It was installing grub-pc (1.98 lubuntu6). It hanged there for several hours. Finally I interrupted the installation. When I went to the installed packages I got a message telling: Grub-PC 1.98 Lubuntu 6 Failed to Install or Upgrade. I'm pretty new to Linux so I know nothing about it, but I wish to go away from Windows XP.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Failed To Install After Upgrade?

May 7, 2011

I started the upgrade and the system is nearly completed but I there is a problem with GRUB.Most likely since I am dual boot with win7. So right now I have a pop-up message that says...GRUB failed to install to the following devices:/dev/sdbDo you want to continue anyway? ect ect ect...I have not rebooted and completed the installation yet as I figure its probably easier to fix this now while I have the full system up and running vs having to fix it via live cd.

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Apr 15, 2010

I'm so excited to see how nicely Lubuntu 10.04 runs on my EeePC. I went ahead and installed it, knowing that it's just the second beta. Everything seems to be going nicely, but when I did a "sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade" it showed there were tons of updates (about 90MB worth). I saw updates for Chrome, the kernel, xserver-xorg, etc. I understand this is just a beta operating system and is not recommended to be used as a primary OS, but I'm just so excited and can't wait. If I stay with this install, and keep updating, would I eventually make my way to the final release? Or would you recommend doing a reinstall with the final image?

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May 20, 2010

I've been using Ubuntu since 6.04, not a linux guru by any means but can usually get myself out of trouble.

So, the issue... I installed 8.04 on my mother's laptop some time back as she was having trouble keeping Win 2000 running (she has a low spec no-name generic laptop btw). I live in Autsralia and she in England, i thought i could better support her if she was running Ubuntu... All has been well with 8.04 but with the new LTS release (10.04) i thought i'd talk her through the upgrade... Did the online upgrade via Update Manager, all seemed to go OK but when she went to log on after restart she got an error saying 'authentication failed' even though we are 100% sure we have the user name and password correct... Tried to do a ctrl+alt+F1 to by pass the GUI log on but couldn't get the terminal session to open up, just got a black screen - no command prompt.

So... thought OK re-install... downloaded the ISO, burned and sent her a CD in the post... talked her through the re-install, all seemed to go well (again) - BUT, after restart, couldn't log in "authentication failed" again...

So, remember i'm trying to talk a novice through all this... any thoughts!?!

If i can get her to log in i can then support her via some kind of remote sesion or other screen share... and it wont cost me a small fortune in international calls!!! But if i can't get a log in, i'm dead in the water!?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Failed On Install - Now No Boot Up Into Any OS

Feb 1, 2010

I cannot boot into either OS. Grub failed on install. How to boot back in to windows. From live Ubuntu CD I can see that all files are there, however it shows the disk to be unrecognized and unallocated. There is an X by the root folder of my C; drive. Windows recovery console can't fix it, windows install can't fix it, and windows repair can't fix it. I guess I need to reconfigure my boot drive properties to recognize the ntfs; I don't know what to do. I would like to boot back in to windows partition the drive correctly and start over , is this possible?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' Failed

May 20, 2011

I've been trying to install Natty (64) over the last couple of weeks and am having problems that I've never had with any distribution before. At the end of each install, I get the following error:

Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' failed

It then gives me the option of installing grub somewhere else, which I don't want, but it doesn't work anyway, or leaving without a boot loader, which isn't really desirable.

At first I thought it might be something to do with my previously complicated quad-boot partition layout, so I simplified that to a fairly regular Windows and Ubuntu only, but no luck.

Grub also fails when attempting to upgrade 10.10.

I've tried restoring Grub2 using chroot amongst other things which doesn't work.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade To 9.10: Failed To Install Kernel?

Sep 9, 2010

I have a Dell Vostro v13 laptop that was shipped with 9.04. I upgraded to 9.10 and it told me it could not upgrade the kernel. The error message said something about a problem with the kernel file. I can still run the system and have not rebooted since the upgrade, but I need to be able to reboot eventually.

The System Monitor says:
Release 9.10 (karmic)
Kernel Linux 2.6.28-19-generic

Everything I have read says that 9.10 includes kernel 2.6.31. So I am afraid to reboot now.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Install From Scratch / Package - Grub Failed

Aug 20, 2010

i tried my first linux installation with Fedora distro. using the live 64 usb boot version, everyhing looked fine. BUT i had issues with WINE so by recommendation, i went with Ubuntu and flushed Fedora. So, technicaly, the install works fine, during the process of installing from the live usb 64 bit 10.4 ubuntu. BUT at the end, when installing GRUB, it just simply failed! thats's a shame for me what i can tell you is the following. (thats what i think is my problem, but i need some expert help tho!)

my motherboard is a ASUS, im using 3 HDD 500GB sata2 drive, configured as a RAID in the bios, strip 0. so it presents to the OS one partition of 1.5 TB. Fedora detected it correctly, and was able to install grub on that now, during the Ubuntu install, i can chose to pick up a partition that was not used on my 1.5 TB ( i reduced my partition to 1TB and allowed 500GB to linux). Windows 7 reside on the first partition. on this disk, partition 1 is a 100MB windows bootmanager. partition 2 is windows 7 itself 1TB.

during the install of ubunto, i tell him to create a / partition, using 480GB as the third partition, and i created a 4th partition as a swap for linux. the install process the information, install the DATA on the third partition... BUT grub, can't !!! it failed... it keep looking for a /dev/sda disk... when installing GRUB, i can chose the drop down, for the 1.5TB disk, and when i press OK, he just simply try again to access /dev/sda disk... which is full of course and within a BIOS raid..........

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Ubuntu Installation :: Failed Install (dual Boot) Grub Error 17

Dec 4, 2010

I just tried to install Ubuntu 10.04 on my windows machine. Unfortunately there was an installation error and now the computer will not boot up in windows anymore (I get grub error 17). I had Ubuntu 7.04 before, but when installing 10.04, I deleted the 7.04 partitions. Is there a way to recover the ability to boot into windows?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Error Message: The Grub Package Failed To Install Into /target

Oct 2, 2010

I was trying to install ubuntu 9.10 as a dual boot system with windows and I recieved this error message: The Grub package failed to install into /target/. Without the Grub boot loader, the installed system will not boot

This Error comes up after 94% of the install. I also cannot seem to get the side by side install option to work (sometimes this option appears sometimes it does not) I am not sure but I beleive seome of the install files have been placed on the hard drive because I only get the option now to install on the hard drive and totally wipe clean or the emptiest hard drive. So how would I get the possible Ubuntu install off the Hard drive. I have used this CD to Install before it has no scratches therefore should work. Also If I have Win Xp on a Raid 0 will the Ubuntu 9.10 install ?

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Ubuntu :: GRUB Won't Load After Failed Upgrade?

Mar 6, 2011

When I start my computer GRUB starts, but it only says:Grub Loading stage1.5.Grub loading, please wait...and nothing happensHere is what happened before:I had a dual boot on my computer with Windows and Ubuntu. There was also a problem with Windows, but that's another thing. Now I had not upgraded Ubuntu for a long time. I think I still had Ubuntu 8.9 . So I wanted to upgrade and let Ubuntu do it automatically, it showed the upgrade to 9.4. So let it upgrade, but it asked if it had to change menu.lst, but since I had menu.lst modified in the right way, I choose the option to keep the already installed version. But it just kept asking the same question, so 4 or 5 times and a few hours later I choose the option to change it to the default package version. Then it didn't ask this anymore, but it hung at a later stage.

So I waited several hours longer, but it didn't proceed anymore, so I had to shut it down.It shut down OK, but then when I restarted, what I described above happened.Now I have another problem, my disk reader (CD/DVD) doesn't work either, so I cannot simply use a LiveCD.

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Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB Not Showing Install After Upgrade?

Dec 6, 2010

At first I thought it was a fluke, but it happed on another computer I was a bit late in updating. I'm running 10.04 lucid 32 bit on both computers.

After running the update, everything ran fine. The script ran update-grub and everything seemed ok. However when I rebooted, my laptop booted into GRUB and only showed windows and the recovory partition. Desktop would boot strait into windows with no selection (I knew how to fix it for the desktop since it happed a few days later)

When it first happend on my laptop, I scrounged around trying to repair the OS list, but nothing worked. Eventualy running "grub-install" with the "--root-directory" option on a live CD fixed it.

I'm not sure what is causing the problem, but I think I remember there being an update to GRUB when I ran the updater. The fix works, just a bit of a hassle, but I thought I would bring it to someone's attention in case it happens to them.

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Debian Installation :: Netinst Failed To Install Grub - Error: Ntoskrnl.exe Missing Or Corrupt

May 28, 2010

I installed lilo and it boots. How do I installed grub again. Do I just use synaptic manager to uninstall lilo and install grub?


I know grub2 does not work, giving me error: ntoskrnl.exe missing or corrupt. I did install grub-legacy and it worked, but I had to re-install squeeze due to other problems. So, now I want to replace lilo with grub legacy.

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Install The Lubuntu

Apr 12, 2011

Need Lubuntu install howto

Laptop:512MB RAM (fixed)
Optical Drive - Fried
BIOS - No support for USB Boot
BIOS - Supports network boot


What options available to install Lubuntu as the only OS? Need step-by-step howto.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub2 After Lubuntu Install

Apr 26, 2011

I just installed lubuntu 10.10 onto my desktop and while on my first bootup I had the option to boot windows through grub, it's disappeared from the boot menu since then.When I installed I created a partition for lubuntu and installed onto that. I can still access and see my windows partition.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Install Xubuntu - Lubuntu

Jun 5, 2011

My Specs;
Desktop PC, Tiger Direct, Firefly BCD.
Mother board; PC Chips M758LT - ID 9039E90F31D926C3.
Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz x86 Family 6 Model 11 Stepping 1.
Bios; American Megatrends Inc., 062710, 7/15/1997
SMBIOS Ver. 2.3
Memory; 512 MB

Master HD 20MB half full with 40MB Slave HD. WinXP service pack 3 and all updates are current, with one glitch, system will not 'restart' have to press off button, then have to press off button twice again to start XP running again. Tried to run off CD using xubuntu, Lubuntu 11.04 and Unbuntu 11.04. A page of errors covers the screen, I have a photo attached which I hope you can download and zoom in on.

It starts out with, 570.240718 Kernal panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! 570.24786 Pid:1, comm:init not tainted 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu.... Regards, Michael A I'm going to mark this as solved. I have to add a 40mb hard drive and make it master and make 20mb hd the slave and add 2 - 256 ram instead of 128 memory. I have an issue where xp will not reboot so i intend to format both hd's and try to install 10.04.2 from cd for a full install, no windows. I will report back.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lubuntu Install Freezes On Boot Up?

Aug 23, 2010

Linux newb here. I was looking for a lightweight distro that I really like and Lubuntu was it. I installed in on all three of my comps with out issues and my old Dell desktop(512mb ram) is flying now. Way faster than XP even right after a fresh install of both on the same desktop. On my fourth install, my girlfriends old toshiba laptop, it installed fine. After the restart and reboot it gets to the Lubuntu logo with the 5 dots under it. It gets through 4 of the dots then freezes. I left it for 20 minutes and it was stuck.

I tried booting from cd again and check disc for defects. It said it found 2 files with errors, press any key to reboot. Which I did and it just booted right back into the freeze. Maybe since I have to manually make it boot from cd every time it was wanting to boot back into the CD after the disc check, I'm not sure. I tried burning a new iso on a slower speed, same thing for a total of 3 reinstalls with the same effect. The only thing different about this install compared to my others is:

A) I had to flash the bios from windows before I started to even get the damn thing to be able to boot from CD

B) I decided to just wipe XP and install Lubuntu on the whole drive.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lubuntu 11.04 Wont Install / Any Alternatives?

Apr 30, 2011

I've tried installing Lubuntu 11.04 without any success, it just hangs on the blue splash screen. The md5 checksum matches and the integrity of the cd is fine.Can anyone suggest an alternative distro that can be run on an old comp with 192 MB memory.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Install Lubuntu - See Screen With 4 Red Dots Which Hangs

Jan 24, 2011

I have a pretty old acer lap top. I used to run xubuntu on it, then I formatted it and installed freeBSD just to check them out. I tried to install last version of xubuntu then, and I got a message that /dev/../loop0 couldn' d mount or sth then I learned about lubuntu and I tried to installed them but I tried both a dvd and a cd and on both cases after I select language and "install on this machine" I just see a screen with 4 red dots writing "Ubuntu 10.10" that stays like this forever.. and nothing happens. the same if I select to boot from the cd just to check the environment. I then tried a ubuntu-studio dvd I had handy just to see if this would work - and it started installing as expecting, I cancelled it after a while. how to get lubuntu running?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Lubuntu Install Error On Avalue LX800D?

Feb 4, 2011

I'm trying to install Lubuntu 10.10 on a board with a AMD Geode LX800 @ 500MHz and 256 MB of memory. I've been sucessful in running in Live Cd mode from a CF card, however when trying to install it gets stuck with either this message "syscall_call+0x7/0xb" or this "kernel_thread_helper". I've tried to install with this parameter "acpi=off", but still no sucess.I've tried to install from a external cd drive to a CF, from a USB pen drive to a CF, from a CF to a HDD, etc...

PS. I've also tried other distros however only this and Xubuntu were able to go into Live CD mode, and Xubuntu was slow, very slow.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade 10.04 Failed: Couldn't Download The Upgrade?

May 16, 2010

I tried to upgrade ubuntu from 9.10 to 10.04. It is almost complete downloading packages,but i get this error:Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo...untu2_i386.deb The HTTP server sent an invalid Content-Range header [IP: 80]I tried to change from main server to US server, but I still get this error.

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Sep 21, 2010

I was installing sqeeze i386 on my laptop VOSTRO 1400 and got this the 'grub-pc' package failed to install into /target/. without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot.

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Jun 4, 2011

I'm currently stuck at the "lubuntu - Install lubuntu" screen on a Dell Optiplex GX150 (specs; Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 mb RAM, 20 GB HDD). I can hear the CD spinning up but nothing happens. Looking at the specs, the PC should be able to run lubuntu, right? Could somebody point me in the right direction? I've verified both the ISO and the CD checksum, both check out, so there should be no issue with the install media

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May 5, 2010

I installed Lubuntu 10.04 yesterday (yay, my first serious installation!), and I was trying to install the drivers for my video card (GeForce 6200), when it told me that it couldn't use ld. After oing some research I found out that it was in binutils. So I went over and got it and tried to ./configure it when it told me that there weren't any C compilers in $PATH, so I went over to the gcc homepage with a fine-toothed comb and found gcc 4.5.0. When I tried to./configure it, it also told me that there aren't any C compilers in $PATH.

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May 28, 2011

I have Lubuntu and Windows has disappeared from the GRUB. I have seen in other questions that it is usually solved editing menu.lst, but I don have such a file in /boot/grub/


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Nov 3, 2010

After the last Lubuntu update Windows XP disappeared from the grub and it doesn't appear on the OS list. Is there any way I can fix or restore the grub to display XP again? I ran TestDisk and the XP partition is there undamaged, it also appears in the file system and I can access the files in Lubuntu; it's just not appearing in the grub anymore.

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Oct 16, 2010

Toward the end of installing Ubuntu 10.10 32bit (Alt CD) on my iMac 11,1, the installer asked me to type in the location for installing the grub boot loader.

I told it to use /dev/sda3 and it immediately failed. I'm still in the installer. Can anyone suggest a solution?

Here are my partitions on sda:

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Mar 27, 2010

I'm running Karmic Server with GRUB2 on a Dell XPS 420. Everything was running fine until I changed 2 BIOS settings in an attempt to make my Virtual Box guests run faster. I turned on SpeedStep and Virtualization, rebooted, and I was slapped in the face with a grub error 15. I can't, in my wildest dreams, imagine how these two settings could cause a problem for GRUB, but they have. To make matters worse, I've set my server up to use Luks encrypted LVMs on soft-RAID. From what I can gather, it seems my only hope is to reinstall GRUB. So, I've tried to follow the Live CD instructions outlined in the following article (adding the necessary steps to mount my RAID volumes and LVMs). [URL]

If I try mounting the root lvm as 'dev/vg-root' on /mnt and the boot partition as 'dev/md0' on /mnt/boot, when I try to run the command $sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/md0, I get an errors: grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR. This is a BAD idea. grub-setup: error: Embedding is not possible, but this is required when the root device is on a RAID array or LVM volume.

Somewhere in my troubleshooting, I also tried mounting the root lvm as 'dev/mapper/vg-root'. This results in the grub-install error: $sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/md0 Invalid device 'dev/md0'

Obviously, neither case fixes the problem. I've been searching and troubleshooting for several hours this evening, and I must have my system operational by Monday morning. That means if I don't have a solution by pretty early tomorrow morning...I'm screwed. A full rebuild will by my only option.

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Nov 16, 2010

I have a laptop with windows vista installed on the internal hardrive.Last March I installed wanted to start to use linux so I brought a separate external hardrive partitioned it to enable media storage on one section and installed ubuntu on the other half. It works fine and so does the windows vista on my internal hardrive, however I have to have the hardrive plugged in to boot.Until now this hasnt bothered me, however I've recently started to take my laptop into university and cannot switch it off unless I have the external hardrive with me as I cannot switch it on without it.With it plugged in it loads up GRUB and then gives me the option to load either Ubuntu or windows vista, however if it is not plugged in when I power up it says GRUB loader failed.It also occured to me that if for some reason my external hardrive fails in the future I wont be able to use my laptop anymore.Has the installation of ubuntu (and GRUB) altered the MBR?
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Nov 23, 2010

I am still using Lucid with a Luks/dm-crypt setup. I picked up an upgrade today that included grub. It gave me a box that had me choose my location to install the upgrade. I chose /boot. When apt did its upgrade thing, I got the following message: Setting up grub-pc (1.98-1ubuntu ... /usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR. This is a BAD idea.. /usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Embedding is not possible. GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists. However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and its use is discouraged.. Installation finished. No error reported. I looked in /boot/grub and found no menu.lst file.

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