Ubuntu Installation :: Sony Vaio Z - Unable To Write Grub Loader On HD
Mar 27, 2010
I got a new Sony Vaio Z and try to install Ubuntu on it. The laptop has got two 64 GB SSDs setup as a RAID 0 array. [URL]. As the configuration is done in the BIOS, I assume it's hardware RAID. [URL]. The problem is that - no matter what I try - the installers are unable to write the GRUB loader on the hard disk. I tried both, standard and alternate installer (9.10 / 64 bit), and both failed at that point. Not a really error message, it just says "cannot write GRUB boot loader".
I also tried two different scenarios:
- Ubuntu beside Windows (shrinked the partition for that)
- Ubuntu on the empty RAID
i bought the new sony notebook the specs are Sony Vaio VPC-Z12Z9E Intel i7-620M, 8192MB, 4x64GB SSD, 13.1" WUXGA (1920x1080), Win7Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M und Intel GMA HD, GLAN, WLAN (300 Mbps), Bluetooth, Webcam
the notebook have 4 ssd cards in raid 0 - its an intel software raid but suse recognize it and i am able to install it. kde or gnome installation is success but a boot loader cant be installed. i can life with - start install, cancel and start the installed system. but nothing found. also i could enter the dev name for boot but what dev is that.
I just got a new Sony laptop running the I7 Q740m Quadcore with 4m ram w/ WIN 7 Home. I want to run Ubuntu in a Virtual machine. I am wondering if Virtual box is a good choice, or what other VM I should use? Also which version of Ubuntu, 10.10 64bit or 32bit? Would an older OS be more stable?
Cant install it or event boot it to try, because when i choose to install or test it the scene goes blank. I had the same problem when I had the older version but solved it whit using the custom eidi or whats is called and changing xorg.conf. But I saw that nvidia had posted the drivers for GeForce gt 330m on its site for 32 and 64 bit Linux drivers so i wanted to try the newest ubuntu. The thing is that i cant event install it or anything, so i cant use the eidi method either.
i'm trying to install ubuntu on a sony vaio. Unfortunately i cannot boot from a cd on which i have burnt the .iso file of ubuntu. The only way i managed to install ubuntu was by creating a usb bootable stick, but here also that doesn't work so well. My workaround was to use virtual clone drive which is freeware to simulate a cd rom in windows and get the iso file started. By leaving the bootable usb stick in the computer in this way it worked...
So in the end i have grub and can load ubuntu and win xp, but then by trying to format the harddrive i kind of messed things up and had to reinstall windows. Because the DVD drive only reads original cds. So from there i will attemp to reinstall ubuntu again. But how can i get rid of win xp afterwards ? If that CD Rom would only read burnt cds or if it would habe been possible to boot from usb then i wouldn't have this trouble.
I successfully before install Ubuntu on my last laptop along with windows vista and it was rather easy because ubuntu allowed me to partition the disk so simply. However, on my vaio, my whole hard disk is partition and there is no unallocated space. It will not allow me to partition the disk and when I boot up the ubuntu live cd to install, the partitioner doesn't look the same and I'm hesitant to make any changes because I'm afraid I'm going to damage my data. I have a 500GB HDD in which I want to use just 60GB for Ubuntu and the rest for Windows 7. Also, I'm running 64-bit Windows if that matters at all.
I have a sony vaio laptop(model-VPCCW27FX) 64 bit.I am currently using windows 7 os. I tried installing ubuntu using wubi and also by making a bootable disc. The installation proceeds well. When I restart my laptop, it asks whether to start windows or ubuntu.But, when I select ubuntu, the screen goes blank.
there is anyone who successfully installed Ubuntu 10.10 on a Sony Vaio VPCZ1 or similar.It has a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with CUDA Technology (SPEED MODE) and Intel HD Graphics (STAMINA MODE) (switchable)The Processor is an Intel Core i7-620M with 2.66 GHz and the Chipset from Intel HM57 Express chipset.All I got is a working VESA mode but otherwise I end up with a black screen or a prompt.
I have the sony vaio vpc f12jfx/b laptop. I tried installing stable Lenny from the CD. I got it installed by I have no ethernet, wifi, nvidia driver, or touch pad. Found linux drivers for my Nvidia 330M [URL]. Still need ethernet, WiFi, and touch pad.
I just upgraded to 10.10 64-bit from 10.04 64-bit and my external monitor is no longer working properly. Using the "Monitors" function in preferences, it does recognize my monitor and does in fact activate it, but the total available screen real estate is only increased by 10-15 pixels (i.e. my mouse moves to the external monitor, but it stops after 10-15 pixels). Thinking that something went wrong with the upgrade, I backed up my data and did a clean install from CD after format and the problem is the same.
I've happily finished a SWE course that required VS2010, and thus a new computer to run the hog. Now that the course is done, I'm installing Ubuntu. As the post title implies, the live CD works well and the install goes fine. I'm able to boot up in Ubuntu and do an update. After that, though, Ubuntu freezes on boot. It gets as far as the moving dots but freezes right after that.
I've had such good luck with Fedora (and this Forum), I'm attempting to put F12 on wife's brand new Sony Vaio, a VPCEB11FM, a 64bit system. I downloaded the Fedora-12-x86_64-netinst.iso, made sure it was ok with sha256.exe, then burned the image to DVD. Booted it up and let it default to "install or upgrade an existing system". It dead-ended in a dark blue or black screen. I re-started and examined the other options. Thought I'd try the one that says: "Install system with basic video driver". Got all the way through to where it got ready to start downloading files. Can't get past that point because it attempts to get to the Internet using the Sony's wireless card! Why would it try the wireless when there's a wired NIC card in this PC that requires no special driver etc. How to proceed from here?
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? Is there some way I can edit the settings so that I can load windows vista without the hardrive plugged in, and then if it is plugged in I get the choice which one to load?
I have a sony laptop VGN FS315M, i recently installed Ubuntu 11.04, and i really love the unity interface.
But i have a few issues as well:
1. Vaio FS315M has Nvidia graphics card, ubuntu suggested a video card driver which i installed but didn't work well so i switched to the another one and it worked generally well but that too has problems like if my computer goes to sleep upon closure of lid, it cannot wake up again. it shows only a white screen and only way to get out of it is to restart the computer by manually pressing start button.
2. Sound card works generally ok but mic doesn't work on startup but when i click sound preferences and mic selection from analog microphone to another one and then again to analog microphone, it works but not the first time. Sound output is low compared to windows.
3. Arabic/persian fonts generally are not shown well in firefox?
4. Computer seems to be slow in unity compared to 10.10, may be because of high demand on graphics or the graphics card is not optimized?
5. Skype won't start automatically and there's no option in this skype to do so and also it doesn't save password?
6 . Ubuntu doesn't connect to net connection unless i connect manually, i want it to connect automatically to internet
7. This issue is not related directly to ubuntu. My system is a dual boot system with windows xp as well. Before windows xp, i tried windows 7 beta and then later removed it but it left its bootloader at startup. since my CDROM drive is also out of order so i tweaked BIOS by installing PLOP to install ubuntu. Now i have 3 startup menus if i want to run windows xp, one for ubuntu, then windows 7 with option for earlier version, when i select earlier version then windows xp or PLOP installer. so its a mess. I want PLOP to appear at the beginning (so that i can have boot option from USB available), then ubuntu and if i select windows it should go directly to xp not thru others.
I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 on a Sony Vaio RX456DS Desktop (2001 vintage) which currently has Windows ME installed. As far as I can see, the Ubuntu disk is sound and the PC boots up from it. However, the initial screen looks very plain (no colours, text badly placed, not at all like the Welcome screen I expected) and if I select "Install" or "Try", I get a Ubuntu logo in the centre of the screen with 5 small red dots that progress from left to right, and then repeat this. Nothing else happens, even after a long time. Also, the initial screen has two more options - "Check the disc" and "Test the Memory" (or something similar). Can anyone suggest what, if anything, I should try now?
A failed upgrade, from disk images, of Fedora 10 to 11 resulted in no GRUB bootloader main menu appearing on bootup (no WIN, no LINUX choices from which to boot). I am booted directly into the GRUB command shell...so, no WIN, no LINUX, nothing. And my understanding of GRUB shell commands is very low.I have 2 hard disks, WIN on the first, LINUX on the second. I believe GRUB Bootloader is on the first disk.Sadly, I have no external install media.An old grub.conf hardcopy indicates that root =/dev/sdb2, root (hd1,0), kernel /vmlinuz....olderversion...(relative to /boot),initrd /initrd...olderversion... (relative to boot). and WINDOWS on (hd0,1), with chainloader +1
I need to somehow get past this grub shell, and re-install/re-instate the grub bootloader, so it can boot normally.What grub command(s) must I use? I've played around with the commands, but with no success.I worry that if I can't resolve this, the whole machine may be useless.
I've been trying to install Ubuntu 64bit on Sony Vaio CW and the Screen is 14 inch when I boot from CD it seems to work normal but after i select "Try Ubuntu without installing" or "Install Ubuntu" then the screen goes black like nothing happening but the CD runs for while then stop. Again I reboot to try again this time I press F6 then select "nomodeset" and it boots fine I was happy though, after installation success when I boot again WTF it goes black again and then I reboot and press "E" during the options that showing to select OS then I remove "Quit Splash".
I guess then I add "nomodeset" and control+X to boot, it works fine. So when I log in and of course I activate the Nvidia Graphic Driver then I reboot and WTF again the screen was out sync or something like the the screen didn't show properly. The Application menu normally is on the upper left of the screen but this time it was on the center of screen and the Shut down button came to the left side and i have to move the mouse cursor to the right and then it would appear on the left just like the resolution is to big for the screen.
I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ340E. I installed Ubuntu about 6 months ago and had a problem-free time with it. I then got busy with other stuff (house work, etc.) and hadn't worked on Ubuntu for about a month. Now I switch on my Vaio with Ubuntu and I find the screen is just too bright.Since 10.04 was just coming up, I thought this would be fixed when I update. I updated, but the screen is still too bright.
I searched the forum for answers and found only some pretty old threads which were about the Fn key combos (which, obviously, doesn't work), spicctrl, etc.So I followed the instructions here. I did just what Step 1: Checking for Module says, but Terminal just doesn't give any output.
I just installed Ubuntu on my Sony Vaio VPCEB23FM. However, when I tried to watch videos, there was no sound coming out. I went to [URL] and tried out the link in post #5, but that completely got rid of my sound card and I no longer have any version of ALSA.
I am having problems with the brightness control on my sony vaio laptop, at virst when i upgraded the driver for the VGA card the whole screen went blank, I had to port a bin file from windows and write my own EDID file to get it to work (nVidia GT 230M), but I am having problems with the brightness, although ubuntu does read the input from the keys (FN+...), the brightness refuses to change, adding the brightness applet to the taskbar does not work either. I really need to be able to change my brightness because the battery usage is off the charts.
When I try to install Ubuntu or (having installed using Wubi) boot Ubuntu, I get a blank screen and no activity. This problem has been addressed many times but I haven't been able to get any of the proposed solutions (e.g. nomodeset, i8042.nopnp) to work. Is there another Linux or Unix-like OS that is known to work with this hardware?
Sony Vaio Y (VPCY) NameIntel(R) HD Graphics PNP Device IDPCIVEN_8086&DEV_0046&SUBSYS_9076104D&REV_023&115 83659&0&10 Adapter TypeIntel(R) HD Graphics (Core i3), Intel Corporation compatible Adapter DescriptionIntel(R) HD Graphics
I am having a problem with my new laptop Sony VPCEA1S1E. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and since then I cannot hear any sound. I have tried a lot of things before posting in here but nothing seems to work. From changing the module value in the alsa=base.conf file to installing the updated alsa drivers (drivers,utils,base}. I have also checked the alsamixer so that nothing is muted. I am struggling with this problem two days now and it does not look like I am getting somewhere. The various postings I have read so far did not work for my case.
A few things which might be useful at first: card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC269 Analog [ALC269 Analog] Subdevices: 0/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: ATI HDMI [ATI HDMI] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 ..... Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.23. Compiled on Oct 5 2010 for kernel 2.6.32-24-generic (SMP).
I'm having trouble with 802.11n as of late in Ubuntu. I know my wife's computer used to connect faster but it seems to not be able to go over 54 Mbit in 10.10 any more either. Laptop is a stock Sony Vaio VPCZ12CGX/x which has an Intel Advanced-N 6200 card.
I can connect to the 2.4Ghz channel or the 5Ghz channel on my wap both are capable of up to 300Mps as per its configuration but neither go over 54Mbit. Both do about 160Mbit from this same location in Windows. Moving closer makes no difference.
On my Sony Vaio VPCF12M1E I have a small but irritating problem: Since yesterday the numeric pad on my keyboard doesn't work anymore. I can use the numbers at the top, but not on my numpad. This happened out of nowhere when I was just setting up an access point. No idea what I did wrong, cause I only configured a static IP Reboot, and numpad was gone. I tried restarting the laptop, I tried disabling and enabling Numlock over and over again. Nothing works.
My wireless connects and then in a few seconds disconnects and then again connects..... and so on. And even it seems to be connected I cannot reach any website. Could you please help me?
Below there are some information probably needed
1 ) Machine Brand and Model (PC/Laptop): Sony vaio VPCM13M1E (Netbook)
2 ) Wireless Brand, Model and Wireless Chipset: (I believe it should be one of these)01:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe 02:00.5 Ethernet controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMC260 PCI Express Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 02)
3 ) check interface:
a) ifconfig wlan0 wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 90:fb:a6:fe:ce:3d
My problem is that my sony vaio E-series (VPCEA36FA intel i5-560 4gb ram). The battery should stay at least 4 or 5 hours as i checked in windows platform but on ubuntu 10.10 it stayed only 3 hours now on 11.04 it stays only 2 hours !!! which really pisses me off, so is there any things i should know?? also the fan sometimes get so high i feel that the processor works on highest performance although am not using it that much.
I would like to install the new Ubuntu 11.04 64bit. I first booted from usb to see how the new release behaves on my laptop(sony vaio eb3m1e). The thing that does not work as it should is that the OS can't detect the GPU which is an ATI radeon 5650, when i click the additional drivers icon in order to install the proprietary drivers I only see the "no proprietary drivers are in use on this system". How can I make the OS detect the GPU?