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Help troubleshooting Ubuntu installation?

Asked by robdamel (786points) August 16th, 2011

I need serious help with this.. I now only have Ubuntu on my computer, as I was confident it would boot without problems if it was the only OS on my system. However, it simply does not boot. It loads the grub menu, and when I select to load Ubuntu, one of the following happens:

-Leads to a black screen with a blinking cursor.
-Leads to the ubuntu background without the logo, just that purple background with no further actions.
-Leads to a black background.

I have tried-

-extending root delay by adding rootdelay=90 after pressing `e` at the grub menu.
-placing root=/dev/sda1 in the same location as above.
-adding/replacing other stuff in the same location as above, according to solutions on the internet, but to no avail.

Calling all experts, whether google expert searchers or linux experts. I have googled to the best of my ability on a solution to this problem.

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the100thmonkey's avatar

Did you try a LiveCD/LiveUSB environment before install?

robdamel's avatar

Yeah i can boot it through my usb no problem. I forgot to mention, its a gateway laptop. But then again, if its booting fine through the usb, then it shouldnt be a hardware compatibility problem. I’m already considering another distro, maybe SUSE or MINT.

Vincentt's avatar

It’s really odd that it doesn’t work while it did from the LiveCD. You could try installing the latest LTS version to see if that works, and perhaps switch to a different boot loader than Grub2.

Also, is a good place to ask Ubuntu-related questions.

the100thmonkey's avatar

If it boots into a live environment, it’s likely not a hardware compatibility issue.

Daft question time – have you tried reinstalling?

PocketWatch's avatar

If you really want to try Ubuntu and it has already failed installing try installing Ubuntu netbook remix. Its worth a try…

the100thmonkey's avatar

@PocketWatch – it doesn’t strike me that @robdamel is trying Ubuntu for the first time (correct me if I’m wrong).

I don’t get why you would recommend UNR as an alternative – it’s basically Ubuntu, but old – UNR was dropped a year ago in favour of the Unity desktop environment.

robdamel's avatar

@the100thmonkey hahah thanks, i`ll take that as a compliment but yeah i`m trying Ubtuntu for the first time! Im an aspiring progammer so i decided its time I start messing around with Linux. Plus, i`m tired of windows.

I`m downloading Opensuse now from ubuntu recovery mode. I`ll have to figure out how i`m gonna make my usb bootable to install it. hmm…

robdamel's avatar

@the100thmonkey yeah I installed it about 4 times now. The first 4 times were wubi, the next 3 from flash drive.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Ubuntu should have a startup disk creator. You can use that to make a bootable USB drive.

What’s the model number of the laptop?

robdamel's avatar

EC1803 Gateway is my laptop model, 2gb ram and 250gb hard drive.

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