Ubuntu Installation :: Randomly Upgrade Distro Made Windows7 Unbootable

Jun 10, 2010

Suffice to say I had a dual boot at work with an essential windows 7 and non-essential linux install on it, and randomly upgrading the distro made windows7 unbootable. Cue a missed days work, much embarrassment and ear bashing from those who are convinced Linux is written entirely by communists and hippies. In the end I had to re-install windows, which cut off the ability to boot to ubuntu - although I've left the existing ubuntu partitions as they were.

Although I can get away with allocating a few partitions to ubuntu, I can't really justify fiddling with the MBR based upon this experience. I need a fast boot and persistent data for doing anything further with ubuntu at work, so I'm wondering whether a safer bet would be to setup a usb stick with enough grub to boot to the existing ubuntu install? Not a full usb distribution, just enough to boot into the existing install? how this would be doneIs it really just a grub-install /dev/sdXX (where XX is the usb)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Failed Upgrade 9.10 -> 10.04: System Unbootable

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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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade Hung Now System Unbootable

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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Ubuntu Installation :: Kernel Upgrade Renders Unbootable?

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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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 - Whenever Attempt Upgrade Server Becomes Unbootable And Have To Reimage And Start Again

Apr 18, 2011

I have had Ubuntu desktop on my PC for a year now and am very happy with it. A couple of months ago I got a Ubuntu server 10.04 for playing about with. I have installed the gui, for personal reasons, but I want to upgrade to 10.10

Whenever I attempt the upgrade my server becomes unbootable and I have to reimage and start again. I have even tried performing the upgrade before I install the GUI but it still makes no difference.

Although I have the GUI I am doing the upgrade via command line.

Upon watching the upgrade in process, I find that no errors are occurring. Could it be something to do with my server provider?

Server Specs are: Specification: Intel Dual Core, 2.2 GHz 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache, 2Gb DDR, 1x 250Gb HDD

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Oct 9, 2010

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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10 Upgrade To 10.04. Windows 7 Unbootable / After Using "sudo Update-grub"?

May 9, 2010

My current situation is I have two physical hard disks, one with Windows 7 (sda) and another where I recently installed Ubuntu 9.1 (sdb). At this time there were no issues.

Now after getting used to 9.1 I selected to upgrade to 10.04 from the update manager. During this install I was told I needed to upgrade GRUB which I understand is the bootloader and was told to choose where to install it.Now at this time I had no knowledge of drive naming conventions in Linux and there was no option to cancel the upgrade to look for help, so instead I followed the advice in the help box to simply select every device listed

The result was a fully working Ubuntu installation but at the cost of an unbootable Windows 7.Windows is showing on the GRUB menu but selecting it gives only a blank screen with a flashing cursor and no ability to do anything besides ctrl-alt-delete.

After a few hours of googling solutions including downgrading GRUB, there was no change and it seems that I actually have a version of GRUB on both drives. The one on the windows drive (sda) is the default loaded GRUB that shows Windows 7 but cannot boot it. The second GRUB install on the Ubuntu drive (sdb) is the one I am able to configure through Ubuntu but does not list Windows 7 on its boot list even after using "sudo update-grub"

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Ubuntu Installation :: Kernel Upgrade Made The Computer Slower

Jul 2, 2010

kernel upgrade to 2.6.32-23-generic after i did this ... when im using 2 vmwares, it massivesly laggs my main OSS (ubuntu) then i went back to 2.6.32-22-generic <- and all came back to normal..when im running 4 Vmwares, it still doesnt lagg my main oss

6gb ram
c2d e8200
ubuntu 10.04 64bits

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Ubuntu Installation :: X Randomly Restarting After Upgrade From 10.04 To 10.10?

Nov 1, 2010

I have upgraded a friends notebook from 10.04 to 10.10. Everything was fine with 10.04.The upgrade process runed smoothly but after booting 10.10 the X system randomly restarts. It seems to not be able to run for more than 10 minutes without X abruptly restarting and the login page being presented. I still couldn't even identify some pattern nor relate the restarts with some specific software.I've looked in /var/log/messages but there is nothing registered there that seems to be related to this issue.Despite being an old notebook, I don't think it's hardware related because the problem appeared for the first time after Ubuntu upgrade and it keeps repeating itself after that.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Won't Boot After Distro Upgrade

Jan 13, 2010

I've just attempted a distro upgrade (to 9.10) and have been left with a machine in an unbootable state.

I tried using a recovery boot through Grub and can see that the boot process hangs after outputting:

swap: waiting for UUID=$random-string$

If I ESC to get a prompt, I get:

General error mounting filesystems

I can't run dpkg-reconfigure as I get a read-only filesystem error.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Distro Upgrade Failed Miserably

Jun 3, 2011

I tried to upgrade to v10.04 ("Lucid"). After nearly 15 hours of painfully slow downloading and installing, my computer froze, just as the upgrade was almost complete. Needless to say, my Linux kernel is now wasted. what is the best way to proceed? I would like to get theOS going again, without losing any of my data or files. I also have a Windoze partition on that HD, which needs to be preserved.

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Distro Randomly Assigning Nic To Different Ethx After Each Reboot

May 22, 2010

how are nics assigned - eth0 - ethx I am having problem with my distro randomly assigning nic to different ethx after each reboot. Sometimes nice 1 is eth0 and sometimes is eth3.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Stop Upgrade Manager From Trying To Distro Version?

Mar 17, 2011

Now, every time I run update manager, it tells me to run a partial upgrade. I can close the window and proceed upgrading packages,but if I let it try the partial upgrade is starts a distribution upgrade !??! I am currently running 11.04.

How can I stop update manager from trying to update my distro version?

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Ubuntu :: Applications That Are Made For XFCE Work On ANY Distro That Has XFCE Installed?

Jul 9, 2010

Like for instance, if I have Ubuntu Lucid Lynx installed with XFCE, and it has an applications made for XFCE. will the applications also work on say some other distro like, Wolvix, that is an XFCE-based distro~????

What I am trying to say is: Do applications that are made for XFCE, work on ANY distro that has XFCE installed?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade From Another Distro To Server - Migrating Existing LVM - No Encryption And No Software Raid

Mar 28, 2010

I want to upgrade from another distro to ubuntu server for a few reasons. The only problem is I have a lot of data that needs to survive. here is how my computer is setup. I've 5 drives on the computer,

A- 10gb drive for OS and swap only, no data

B,C,D,E - 4x 500 GB drives in a LVM. they make up one large drive with xfs and this volume has about 1.2 TB of data. there is nothing fancy on it, no encryption and no software raid of course the little 10gb drive can be formatted no problem, but the LVM needs to be migrated over intact.

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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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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10: Restore Unbootable System / Freeze?

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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Oct 29, 2009

I've just upgraded from FC10 to FC11 (x86_64). Before the upgrade Firefox worked fine (it used a fair amount of ram but I typically have loads of tabs open :P ) but since the upgrade running Firefox maxes out my cpu. The whole system runs unusably slow if I have Firefox running now. I switched from KDE to LXDE and just ran Firefox to see if I could free up enough memory to save some tabs as bookmarks and close them but it's impossible (and not a permanent solution anyway). Konqueror runs blisteringly fast but with a cpu monitor running I can see starting Firefox just maxes out the cpu and it stays there, it's not just a heavy load at startup.I have 3GB ram and it's a dual core Centrino 2GHz so it's not an old system running out of resources and FF ran perfectly well under FC10.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Crash During 10.04 Install Left System Unbootable

Jun 6, 2010

My son kicked out power during the install phase of 10.04 (about half complete) and now the system is unbootable.

The boot process dies shortly after starting fsck with the error:

init: plymouth main process (382) killed by SEGV signal

So this looks bad (to me), segmentation violations are never good.

So does anyone have any suggestions for booting and completing the upgrade?

If I'm SOL on this OS image is there a way to image over the OS and save my data?

The only option I see now is to buy a new disk, image onto it, mount my current disk and copy my data. (takes money and time)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Failed Update Of 10.10 Results In Unbootable System?

Feb 4, 2011

yesterday I performed an automatic security update suggested by the update manager on my virtualized (with VirtualBox on a Windows 7 host) Ubuntu 10.10 installation.

The update somehow failed and left me with an unbootable system. When I try to boot, I am told that various folders, files, and what not are missing. Then the system drops into a busybox and leaves me with an (initramfs) prompt.

This happens with all kernels I get offered by GRUB, although the error messages are quite different from kernel to kernel.

Well, the short of it is this: I don't have the slightest idea on how to get back to a working system and this site is the final straw I'm willing to grab. A complete disaster like this following an update initiated and executed by the system is unheard of in Windows-land; at least I haven't heard of it, yet, and therefore I am going to abandon Ubuntu and Linux altogeteher, if there is no remedy.

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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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Mar 10, 2011

M busy upgrading one of my clients old Debain etch boxes to Lenny but i keep on getting this error.

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Oct 14, 2010

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Feb 2, 2011

Sorry my previous question wasn't that informative so adding more. I had windows partition and free partition for Linux installation. I got installed windows7 and it installed fine, When I tried installing Ubuntu, I remember selected default options. I gave me default option as it clearly said "1. If you have another operating system (e.g. Windows XP) and you want a dual boot system, select the first option: "Install them side by side, choosing between them at each startup." I thought it would keep Windows as it is and I hit proceeded for installation.

first option: "Install them side by side, choosing between them at each startup." refer [URL] step #4. At the end I am disappointed that I cannot see Windows boot option (Dual boot) It just gives Ubuntu option. I kept 50 GB free space for Ubuntu. Is there any option to recover/switch to windows booting? Or I have lost Windows installation overwritten by Ubuntu?

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May 5, 2011

I just upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04 but other than that the most annoying thing I've found is that my wifi will randomly disconnect from the network...like it will say its still connected but pages wont load and all my torrents just stop, and then I have to manually disconnect from the network and then reconnect and it works for about a min and then happens again. I couldn't even get enough internet to post this from my laptop so I had to post this at school from a windows. Idk whats going on but it sucks because I cant really use the comp without the internet..

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Jan 30, 2010

Today I downloaded the newest version of ubuntu. We have got two laptops, one with vista, one with windows7. Ubuntu did properly install only with Vista. What can I do with the Windows7-one?

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Jun 3, 2011

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.4 and I want dual-boot machine. Before Ubuntu on machine was installed only windows7. Since I install Ubuntu I do not see Grub(or any other) boot loader. When I start computer it automatically boot Ubuntu without prompting choose OS menu.

How can I set grub2 to ask me this question?

Here is my partition configuration

Boot Info Script 0.60 from 17 May 2011
============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.


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Jun 22, 2011

I built this computer with a Gigabyte motherboard, i3 processor, 8Gb ram, 64Gb SSD, and 1.5Tb HDD. Loaded Windows 7 to the SSD... repartitioned the drives and loaded Ubuntu 11.04.The start menu comes up to select Windows 7 or Ubuntu... when I select Ubuntu I get a screen which reads:Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To Fix the problem:1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.2. Choose your language settings, and the click "Next"3. Click "Repair your computer."if you do not have this disc, contact your sys admin or manufacturer for assistance. File: ubuntuwinbootwubildr.mbrStatus: 0xc0000098Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

This screen continues to come up. I tried to load Ubuntu with Wubi but it would not install... I have now installed it from a DVD but the load screen keeps putting me back to the screen above. I can't load from the Windows CD it won't recognize it even if I change the bios setting.Windows 7 seems to be running fine... and Ubuntu seems to have loaded fine... so how can I get my Windows boot screen to go and load Ubuntu as my OS?

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