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Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Hi all. I'm totally new to Linux and wanted to give it a try. I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 onto my Flash Drive, tried it out and liked it. So I went ahead and installed it. Now, I have Windows 7 on my main HDD. I have a 2nd HDD that was formatted and wanted to install it on that. I don't want to mess with my main HDD. So I did the process and selected the whole HDD for Ubuntu. Everything finished and asked to restart.

Now, my PC won't ask me if I want to Boot from Windows 7 or Ubuntu. It just goes straight to Windows login. I reset and I select my 2nd HDD with Ubuntu manually. Well, I select the first option to load up Ubuntu and it goes into a blank purple screen and nothing happens after that. Am I doing something completely wrong?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

papibe
July 5th, 2012, 02:19 AM
Hi Deeplove. Welcome to the forums!

It looks like grub (the program that shows the boot options) was not installed in the main disk (the one that is set on the BIOS to boot up from).

I would recommend using the CD/USB installer as a Live CD, and repair your boot disk using the tool Boot-Repair. Take a look at this guide (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair) for details.

I hope it helps, and tell us how it goes.
Regards.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 03:25 AM
Well, I did what it said on the instructions. I ran it through Live USB. I get the screen now where I can select the both Ubuntu and Windows 7. It doesn't go to Windows 7 directly anymore. What happens now is that when I select Ubuntu, it stops at a black screen and then it stops. I'm not able to ESC out or anything.

It gave me a link to write down after the repair thing finished.

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 03:34 AM
What graphics card does your system use? You may have a small graphics problem which a boot option may get round.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Amd hd 6850

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 03:45 AM
You may have success with the nomodeset boot option then.
Have a look at the thread below which gives instructions for its use. Please refer to the section headed
"How to temporarily set kernel boot options on an installed OS (not wubi)"
and follow the instructions there.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
Let us know how that goes please.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 03:46 AM
Will do. BRB.

@Quackers. At the endo of the line I have $vt_handoff. Do I replace that with nomodeset?

Ok, I tried both ways. Removed $vt_handoff and left it. I keep getting the error message. Let me type this down here.

gave up waiting for root device. common problems:
- boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
- check rootdelay= (did the system wait lond enough?)
- check root= (did the system wait for the right device?)
- missing modules (cat /proc/modules; is /dev)
alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/2fad8524-c385-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb does not exist.
Dropping to a shell

busybox v1.18.5 (ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4) built-in shell (ash)
Enter "help" for a list of built in commands.

(initramfs)

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 04:01 AM
sorry, I didn't see your edit.
Is there a line that ends with "quiet splash? If so leave a space after quiet splash and type in nomodeset and then ctrl + x to boot.
If not leave a space after vt handoff and type in nomodeset and press ctrl + x to boot.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 04:07 AM
Edit. Sorry about that.

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 04:12 AM
Did you try it by leaving the vt handoff then after a space typing in nomodeset

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 04:15 AM
Yep. Tried both ways.

I'm sorry I'm bothering you all with my noobiness.

:(

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 04:32 AM
I've not forgotten you, I'm making some enquiries :-)

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 04:40 AM
Deeplove, please run the Boot Repair tool again and this time make a note of the URL at the end of the run (should be a pastebin address).
Then go to that site (using a live cd/usb and select try ubuntu, if necessary) then post the whole contents of the text file you see there.
Please post those contents in code tags. To do that you need to click on New Reply (not quick reply) and then click on the # icon in the top line and then paste those contents in between the 2 code tags (where the cursor is).

It will also be useful if you will identify what hardware you are installing on.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 01:22 PM
Dang. You lost me there. Alright, let me see if I understand the # option. I copied my address last night. When I open up the Ubuntu Pastebin, there is a lot of information on there. Now, when I use the # button, that creates a window in the post where you can scroll down correct? Do I have to copy the whole pastebin or certain parts of it?

As for the hardware you're asking, is it just the internal HDD or the whole PC?

One last question. How safe is the ubuntu pastebin? Does it contain info that could affect my security on the PC? I wouldn't want to give that info out unless I was sure it's safe.

:D

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 01:48 PM
Ubuntu pastebin is safe.
The major components of your hardware is enough, motherboard, hard drives, graphics etc.
If you copy all of the pastebin text and then click on New Reply you get a new window. Click on the # symbol and you'll get something like [ code] then a flashing cursor, then [ /code]
right click on the cursor and select paste and the pastebin text will appear. Then click on submit post.
If you can't get that to work just post the URL of the pastebin link.

Deeplove
July 5th, 2012, 02:33 PM
I got called in for work. When I get back I'll post it up. Sorry about that.

Quackers
July 5th, 2012, 02:34 PM
No problem. In your own time :-)

Deeplove
July 6th, 2012, 12:29 AM
http://paste.ubuntu.com/1075790/


Boot Info Script 0.61-git Boot-Repair log [4 July 2012]


============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 1 for /boot/grub.
=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.
=> Syslinux MBR (4.04 and higher) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.

sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sdb1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdb2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdc1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: SYSLINUX 4.06 4.06-pre1
Boot sector info: Syslinux looks at sector 15654 of /dev/sdc1 for its
second stage. SYSLINUX is installed in the directory.
No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /syslinux/syslinux.cfg
/efi/boot/bootx64.efi /ldlinux.sys

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 2,048 1,465,145,343 1,465,143,296 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS


Drive: sdb __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2,048 382,337,023 382,334,976 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 382,339,070 390,721,535 8,382,466 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 382,339,072 390,721,535 8,382,464 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdc __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdc: 2055 MB, 2055019520 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3981 cylinders, total 4013710 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdc1 * 63 4,013,709 4,013,647 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


"blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/loop0 squashfs
/dev/sda1 6A04E0C904E098F9 ntfs Seagate 750GB Main
/dev/sdb1 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb ext4
/dev/sdb5 8ce0db77-6c26-4d31-bd36-a09106c8f607 swap
/dev/sdc1 1EF9-4138 vfat PENDRIVE

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1/dev none (rw,bind)
/dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 ext4 (rw)
/dev/sdc1 /cdrom vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437, iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)


=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
insmod vbe
insmod vga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
load_video
insmod gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=10
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
if background_color 44,0,30; then
clear
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
set gfxpayload="$1"
if [ "$1" = "keep" ]; then
set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
else
set vt_handoff=
fi
}
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-26-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 6A04E0C904E098F9
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================== sdb1/etc/fstab: ================================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
UUID=2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sdb5 during installation
UUID=8ce0db77-6c26-4d31-bd36-a09106c8f607 none swap sw 0 0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

172.149494171 = 184.844111872 boot/grub/core.img 1
172.148132324 = 184.842649600 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
172.190444946 = 184.888082432 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic 1
172.147289276 = 184.841744384 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic 1
172.190444946 = 184.888082432 initrd.img 1
172.147289276 = 184.841744384 vmlinuz 1

=========================== sdc1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

if loadfont /boot/grub/font.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
insmod efi_gop
insmod efi_uga
insmod gfxterm
terminal_output gfxterm
fi

set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray

menuentry "Try Ubuntu without installing" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Install Ubuntu" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Check disc for defects" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz boot=casper integrity-check quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

========================= sdc1/syslinux/syslinux.cfg: ==========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# D-I config version 2.0
include menu.cfg
default vesamenu.c32
prompt 0
timeout 50

# If you would like to use the new menu and be presented with the option to install or run from USB at startup, remove # from the following line. This line was commented out (by request of many) to allow the old menu to be presented and to enable booting straight into the Live Environment!
# ui gfxboot bootlogo
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdc1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

?? = ?? boot/grub/grub.cfg 1

================= sdc1: Location of files loaded by Syslinux: ==================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

?? = ?? ldlinux.sys 1
?? = ?? syslinux/chain.c32 1
?? = ?? syslinux/gfxboot.c32 1
?? = ?? syslinux/syslinux.cfg 1
?? = ?? syslinux/vesamenu.c32 1

============== sdc1: Version of COM32(R) files used by Syslinux: ===============

syslinux/chain.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)
syslinux/gfxboot.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)
syslinux/vesamenu.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
=================== log of boot-repair 2012-07-05__02h39 ===================
boot-repair version : 3.18-0ppa35~precise
boot-sav version : 3.19-0ppa91~precise
glade2script version : 0.3.2.1-0ppa7~precise
boot-sav-nonfree version : 3.18-0ppa10~precise
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main _binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_rest ricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 307 not upgraded.
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory
boot-repair is executed in live-session (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS , precise , Ubuntu , x86_64)
CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit

=================== os-prober:
/dev/sda1:Windows 7 (loader):Windows:chain
/dev/sdb1:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (12.04):Ubuntu:linux

=================== blkid:
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: LABEL="Seagate 750GB Main" UUID="6A04E0C904E098F9" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdb5: UUID="8ce0db77-6c26-4d31-bd36-a09106c8f607" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sdc1: LABEL="PENDRIVE" UUID="1EF9-4138" TYPE="vfat"


2 disks with OS, 2 OS : 1 Linux, 0 MacOS, 1 Windows, 0 unknown type OS.

Warning: extended partition does not start at a cylinder boundary.
DOS and Linux will interpret the contents differently.


=================== sdb1/etc/default/grub :

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
# info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DEFAULT=0
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=10
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)
#GRUB_BADRAM="0x01234567,0xfefefefe,0x89abcdef,0xefefefef"

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)
#GRUB_TERMINAL=console

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries
#GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"





=================== sdb1/etc/grub.d/ :
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 25 16:07 grub.d
total 56
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6715 Apr 17 18:20 00_header
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5522 Apr 17 17:57 05_debian_theme
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7399 Apr 17 18:20 10_linux
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6335 Apr 17 18:20 20_linux_xen
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1588 Nov 27 2011 20_memtest86+
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7603 Apr 17 18:20 30_os-prober
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 214 Apr 17 18:20 40_custom
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 95 Apr 17 18:20 41_custom
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 483 Apr 17 18:20 README




=================== sdb1recordfail=1/grub/grubenv :
recordfail=1




=================== PARTITIONS & DISKS:
sda1 : sda, not-sepboot, no-grubenv nogrub, no-docgrub, no-update-grub, 32, no-boot, is-os, not--efi--part, part-has-no-fstab, part-has-no-fstab, no-nt, haswinload, no-recov-nor-hid, bootmgr, no-grldr, Boot/BCD, nopakmgr, nogrubinstall, no---usr, part-has-no-fstab, not-sep-usr, /mnt/boot-sav/sda1.
sdb1 : sdb, not-sepboot, grubenv-ng grub2, grub-pc, update-grub, 64, with-boot, is-os, not--efi--part, fstab-without-boot, fstab-without-efi, no-nt, no-winload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, apt-get, grub-install, with--usr, fstab-without-usr, not-sep-usr, /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1.

sda : MSDos, not-GPT, BIOSboot-not-needed, has-no-EFIpart, not-usb, 2048 sectors * 512 bytes
sdb : MSDos, not-GPT, BIOSboot-not-needed, has-no-EFIpart, not-usb, 2048 sectors * 512 bytes

=================== parted -l:

Model: ATA ST3750528AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 750GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 750GB 750GB primary ntfs boot


Model: ATA ST3200827AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 200GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 196GB 196GB primary ext4 boot
2 196GB 200GB 4292MB extended
5 196GB 200GB 4292MB logical linux-swap(v1)


Model: SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdc: 2055MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 2055MB 2055MB primary fat32 boot, lba


=================== mount:
/cow on / type overlayfs (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
/dev/sdc1 on /cdrom type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437, iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/loop0 on /rofs type squashfs (ro,noatime)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/ubuntu/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=ubuntu)
/dev/sda1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sda1 type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 type ext4 (rw)


/sys/block/sda: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sda1 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sdb: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sdb1 sdb2 sdb5 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sdc: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sdc1 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sr0: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/dev: block bsg btrfs-control bus cdrom cdrw char console core cpu_dma_latency disk dri dvd dvdrw ecryptfs fb0 fd full fuse fw0 hidraw0 hidraw1 hidraw2 hidraw3 hpet input kmsg log mapper mcelog mem net network_latency network_throughput null oldmem port ppp psaux ptmx pts random rfkill rtc rtc0 sda sda1 sdb sdb1 sdb2 sdb5 sdc sdc1 sg0 sg1 sg2 sg3 shm snapshot sr0 stderr stdin stdout uinput urandom usbmon0 usbmon1 usbmon2 usbmon3 usbmon4 usbmon5 usbmon6 usbmon7 vga_arbiter zero
/dev/mapper: control
/mnt/boot-sav/sda1: 09786f30351da9155a7a 1bf5fcd9af7ccb5c11d8dd8b 382d047879f4191ffa 3f1a8de7074f47d615667c141b36fc72 61a0eb1df09446d6100f AMD ASUS.000 ASUS.SYS ATI bfdf6000d92c5d28f6775437c4082ffe Boot bootmgr boot-sav BOOTSECT.BAK Config.Msi ddc81aadeea516479bf7a8954ee8 Documents and Settings dvmexp dvmexp.idx e025a1e0595584b8e3 eula.1028.txt eula.1031.txt eula.1033.txt eula.1036.txt eula.1040.txt eula.1041.txt eula.1042.txt eula.2052.txt eula.3082.txt Fraps globdata.ini HDMI.log hiberfil.sys install.exe install.ini install.res.1028.dll install.res.1031.dll install.res.1033.dll install.res.1036.dll install.res.1040.dll install.res.1041.dll install.res.1042.dll install.res.2052.dll install.res.3082.dll LU4.log msdia80.dll MSOCache N360_BACKUP pagefile.sys PerfLogs ProgramData Program Files Program Files (x86) Recovery $Recycle.Bin Riot Games splash.idx System Volume Information temp user.js Users VC_RED.cab vcredist.bmp VC_RED.MSI version Windows

=================== df -Th:

Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/cow overlayfs 2.0G 134M 1.8G 7% /
udev devtmpfs 1.9G 12K 1.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 791M 764K 790M 1% /run
/dev/sdc1 vfat 2.0G 698M 1.3G 36% /cdrom
/dev/loop0 squashfs 664M 664M 0 100% /rofs
tmpfs tmpfs 2.0G 36K 2.0G 1% /tmp
none tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none tmpfs 2.0G 76K 2.0G 1% /run/shm
/dev/sda1 fuseblk 699G 154G 546G 22% /mnt/boot-sav/sda1
/dev/sdb1 ext4 183G 5.2G 168G 3% /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1

=================== fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc15c3cdf

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 1465145343 732571648 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0003f29d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 382337023 191167488 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 382339070 390721535 4191233 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 382339072 390721535 4191232 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdc: 2055 MB, 2055019520 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3981 cylinders, total 4013710 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 * 63 4013709 2006823+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


User choice: Is sdb (200GB) a removable disk? no

=================== Recommended repair
recommendedrepair
This setting will reinstall the grub2 of sdb1 into the MBRs of all disks (except USB without OS).
Additional repair will be performed: unhide-bootmenu


Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into all MBRs of disks with OS or not-USB
Already mounted /dev/sdb1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1
Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into the MBR of sda
chroot /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 update-grub
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
grub-install (GRUB) 1.99-21ubuntu3
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Sector 32 is already in use by FlexNet; avoiding it. This software may cause boot or other problems in future. Please ask its authors not to store data in the boot track.
grub-install --recheck /dev/sda: Installation finished. No error reported.
exit code of grub-install /dev/sda:0
Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into the MBR of sdb
chroot /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 update-grub
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
grub-install (GRUB) 1.99-21ubuntu3
grub-install --recheck /dev/sdb: Installation finished. No error reported.
exit code of grub-install /dev/sdb:0
umount: /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1/dev: device is busy.
(In some cases useful info about processes that use
the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))
Unhide GRUB boot menu in sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg

Boot successfully repaired.

You can now reboot your computer.
Please do not forget to make your BIOS boot on sdb (200GB) disk!
pastebinit packages needed
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main _binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_rest ricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory

Quackers
July 6th, 2012, 01:43 PM
Thanks elfy :-)
Deeplove, can I just clarify some things please?
Your bios is set to boot from the second hard drive first?
Your current boot process stops at a black screen?
No "alert - /dev/disk error with a long string of numbers any more?

Deeplove
July 6th, 2012, 02:43 PM
IIRC the 2nd HDD that has Ubuntu doesn't shot up on my selection for boot up. My USB, main HDD and optical drive comes up but not the 2nd HDD.

/dev/disk/by-uuid/2fad8524-ce85-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb
Does not exist

That's what the black screen says.

Quackers
July 6th, 2012, 06:59 PM
Deeplove can you try this for me please?
On booting the system keep tapping the shift key to bring up the grub menu.
The top item in that menu should be your Ubuntu installation and it will be highlighted.
Press the "e" key and the new screen will appear.
Using the arrow keys navigate to the end of the kernel line which currently ends with $vt handoff
Leave a space after $vt handoff and type this in please
nomodeset rootdelay=30 leaving a space between the two parameters.
Then press ctrl + x to boot.

The rootdelay parameter will give grub more time to find the disk.

Deeplove
July 7th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Alright, tried that out also and nothing. I'm running Ubuntu off my flash drive right now. I'm really stumped. I tried reinstalling it again manually and still nothing. I'm just about ready to give up but don't want to.

Quackers
July 7th, 2012, 02:58 PM
It might help if you are a little more decsriptive than just saying nothing happened :-)
What exactly happened when you tried the above kernel changes? Did it just go to a black screen? A purple screen? Did you still get the /dev/disk alert?

Deeplove
July 7th, 2012, 04:35 PM
Sorry. I just noticed that I didn post the errors and all. Lol. It was 3am when I went to sleep last night trying to reinstall and get it to work. Well, I'm at work now and will get home around 9pm eastern just to jump on the PC again. I took pictures of the error.

The same error.

gave up waiting for root device. common problems:
- boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
- check rootdelay= (did the system wait lond enough?)
- check root= (did the system wait for the right device?)
- missing modules (cat /proc/modules; is /dev)
alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/2fad8524-c385-493d-bf7f-5c0e3b8efadb does not exist.
Dropping to a shell

busybox v1.18.5 (ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4) built-in shell (ash)
Enter "help" for a list of built in commands.

(initramfs)

Now, I do have the 2hdd booting up first so I get the selection screen every time I boot now. When I get home I'll be able to get more info for you.

Quackers
July 7th, 2012, 04:49 PM
Ok thanks Deeplove.
I can see no reason why your disk is not being found by grub. I have asked another member to take a look at things and see if he can make any further suggestions or spot anything I may have missed.

madjr
July 7th, 2012, 04:57 PM
if everything else fails, you can try wubi:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-ubuntu-with-windows

this is how am running it on one of my computers.

but of course the install to own partition is usually optimum route to try first.

kansasnoob
July 7th, 2012, 05:12 PM
I know a lot of this is probably a repeat of a repeat but bear with me :)

I think you're using a live USB to install, but even if it is a live CD/DVD let's get real basic. When you first boot the live device and the two small emblems appear at the bottom of the screen please press a key. That should display the ability to select the desired language followed by the full live boot menu.

From that menu please select "Check disc for defects". That'll take a few minutes to complete. Let's make sure it says no errors found. If so then boot to the live DE and post the output of these commands:


cat /proc/cpuinfo


lspci | grep VGA


free -m

That just provides some rather specific hardware info, but also post a new boot info summary - no need to run boot repair first but it's always best to start with fresh info ;)

kansasnoob
July 7th, 2012, 05:13 PM
Ok thanks Deeplove.
I can see no reason why your disk is not being found by grub. I have asked another member to take a look at things and see if he can make any further suggestions or spot anything I may have missed.

I'm not that other member but I'm curious and it's too hot to do anything outside ;)

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July 7th, 2012, 05:38 PM
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drs305
July 7th, 2012, 05:43 PM
I think you are now getting the Grub menu at boot? If so, please try the following to see if GRUB can see all the files before Ubuntu or Windows boots:

Press 'c' to get to the grub prompt, then:


ls (hd1,5)/ # Does it see the normal Ubuntu folders, and vmlinuz and initrd.img
ls (hd1,5)/boot # vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic & initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
ls (hd1,5)/boot/grub # Lots of *.mod files

Added:

ls (hd1,5)/etc/fstab

If you are getting the grub menu it should be seeing the grub.cfg file, but I'm curious if it's finding all the others.

Everything looks normal in the boot info script results as far as I saw. It' possible GRUB and BIOS aren't seeing one or more files before an OS boots. The files would be seen after an OS takes over, which is why we are searching the disk before the boot.

Deeplove
July 7th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Boot Info Script 0.61-git Boot-Repair log [4 July 2012]


============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 1 for /boot/grub.
=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.
=> Syslinux MBR (4.04 and higher) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.

sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sdb1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdc1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: SYSLINUX 4.06 4.06-pre1
Boot sector info: Syslinux looks at sector 15654 of /dev/sdc1 for its
second stage. SYSLINUX is installed in the directory.
No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /syslinux/syslinux.cfg
/efi/boot/bootx64.efi /ldlinux.sys

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 2,048 1,465,145,343 1,465,143,296 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS


Drive: sdb __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2,048 390,719,487 390,717,440 83 Linux


Drive: sdc __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdc: 2055 MB, 2055019520 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3981 cylinders, total 4013710 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdc1 * 63 4,013,709 4,013,647 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


"blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/loop0 squashfs
/dev/sda1 6A04E0C904E098F9 ntfs Seagate 750GB Main
/dev/sdb1 e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e ext4
/dev/sdc1 1EF9-4138 vfat PENDRIVE

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1/dev none (rw,bind)
/dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 ext4 (rw)
/dev/sdc1 /cdrom vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437, iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)


=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
insmod vbe
insmod vga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
load_video
insmod gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=10
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
if background_color 44,0,30; then
clear
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
set gfxpayload="$1"
if [ "$1" = "keep" ]; then
set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
else
set vt_handoff=
fi
}
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-26-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 6A04E0C904E098F9
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================== sdb1/etc/fstab: ================================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
UUID=e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

14.135818481 = 15.178219520 boot/grub/core.img 1
?? = ?? boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
14.144500732 = 15.187542016 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic 1
14.134498596 = 15.176802304 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic 1
14.144500732 = 15.187542016 initrd.img 1
14.134498596 = 15.176802304 vmlinuz 1

=========================== sdc1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

if loadfont /boot/grub/font.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
insmod efi_gop
insmod efi_uga
insmod gfxterm
terminal_output gfxterm
fi

set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray

menuentry "Try Ubuntu without installing" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Install Ubuntu" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
menuentry "Check disc for defects" {
set gfxpayload=keep
linux /casper/vmlinuz boot=casper integrity-check quiet splash --
initrd /casper/initrd.lz
}
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

========================= sdc1/syslinux/syslinux.cfg: ==========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# D-I config version 2.0
include menu.cfg
default vesamenu.c32
prompt 0
timeout 50

# If you would like to use the new menu and be presented with the option to install or run from USB at startup, remove # from the following line. This line was commented out (by request of many) to allow the old menu to be presented and to enable booting straight into the Live Environment!
# ui gfxboot bootlogo
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdc1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

?? = ?? boot/grub/grub.cfg 1

================= sdc1: Location of files loaded by Syslinux: ==================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

?? = ?? ldlinux.sys 1
?? = ?? syslinux/chain.c32 1
?? = ?? syslinux/gfxboot.c32 1
?? = ?? syslinux/syslinux.cfg 1
?? = ?? syslinux/vesamenu.c32 1

============== sdc1: Version of COM32(R) files used by Syslinux: ===============

syslinux/chain.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)
syslinux/gfxboot.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)
syslinux/vesamenu.c32 : COM32R module (v4.xx)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
=================== log of boot-repair 2012-07-07__02h42 ===================
boot-repair version : 3.18-0ppa39~precise
boot-sav version : 3.19-0ppa99~precise
glade2script version : 0.3.2.1-0ppa7~precise
boot-sav-nonfree version : 3.18-0ppa10~precise
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main _binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_rest ricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 309 not upgraded.
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory
boot-repair is executed in live-session (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS , precise , Ubuntu , x86_64)
CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit

=================== os-prober:
/dev/sda1:Windows 7 (loader):Windows:chain
/dev/sdb1:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (12.04):Ubuntu:linux

=================== blkid:
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: LABEL="Seagate 750GB Main" UUID="6A04E0C904E098F9" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="e74aec81-4f76-4d6b-8b10-d5a471c7429e" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdc1: LABEL="PENDRIVE" UUID="1EF9-4138" TYPE="vfat"


2 disks with OS, 2 OS : 1 Linux, 0 MacOS, 1 Windows, 0 unknown type OS.



=================== sdb1/etc/default/grub :

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
# info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DEFAULT=0
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=10
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)
#GRUB_BADRAM="0x01234567,0xfefefefe,0x89abcdef,0xefefefef"

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)
#GRUB_TERMINAL=console

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries
#GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"





=================== sdb1/etc/grub.d/ :
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 25 16:07 grub.d
total 56
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6715 Apr 17 18:20 00_header
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5522 Apr 17 17:57 05_debian_theme
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7399 Apr 17 18:20 10_linux
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6335 Apr 17 18:20 20_linux_xen
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1588 Nov 27 2011 20_memtest86+
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7603 Apr 17 18:20 30_os-prober
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 214 Apr 17 18:20 40_custom
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 95 Apr 17 18:20 41_custom
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 483 Apr 17 18:20 README




=================== sdb1recordfail=1/grub/grubenv :
recordfail=1




=================== PARTITIONS & DISKS:
sda1 : sda, not-sepboot, no-grubenv nogrub, no-docgrub, no-update-grub, 32, no-boot, is-os, not--efi--part, part-has-no-fstab, part-has-no-fstab, no-nt, haswinload, no-recov-nor-hid, bootmgr, no-grldr, Boot/BCD, nopakmgr, nogrubinstall, no---usr, part-has-no-fstab, not-sep-usr, /mnt/boot-sav/sda1.
sdb1 : sdb, not-sepboot, grubenv-ng grub2, grub-pc, update-grub, 64, with-boot, is-os, not--efi--part, fstab-without-boot, fstab-without-efi, no-nt, no-winload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, apt-get, grub-install, with--usr, fstab-without-usr, not-sep-usr, /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1.

sda : MSDos, not-GPT, BIOSboot-not-needed, has-no-EFIpart, not-usb, 2048 sectors * 512 bytes
sdb : MSDos, not-GPT, BIOSboot-not-needed, has-no-EFIpart, not-usb, 2048 sectors * 512 bytes

=================== parted -l:

Model: ATA ST3750528AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 750GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 750GB 750GB primary ntfs boot


Model: ATA ST3200827AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 200GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 200GB 200GB primary ext4 boot


Model: SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdc: 2055MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 2055MB 2055MB primary fat32 boot, lba


=================== mount:
/cow on / type overlayfs (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
/dev/sdc1 on /cdrom type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437, iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/loop0 on /rofs type squashfs (ro,noatime)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/ubuntu/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=ubuntu)
/dev/sda1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sda1 type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 type ext4 (rw)


/sys/block/sda: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sda1 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sdb: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sdb1 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sdc: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sdc1 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/sys/block/sr0: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/dev: block bsg btrfs-control bus cdrom cdrw char console core cpu_dma_latency disk dri dvd dvdrw ecryptfs fb0 fd full fuse fw0 hidraw0 hidraw1 hidraw2 hidraw3 hpet input kmsg log mapper mcelog mem net network_latency network_throughput null oldmem port ppp psaux ptmx pts random rfkill rtc rtc0 sda sda1 sdb sdb1 sdc sdc1 sg0 sg1 sg2 sg3 shm snapshot sr0 stderr stdin stdout uinput urandom usbmon0 usbmon1 usbmon2 usbmon3 usbmon4 usbmon5 usbmon6 usbmon7 vga_arbiter zero
/dev/mapper: control
/mnt/boot-sav/sda1: 09786f30351da9155a7a 1bf5fcd9af7ccb5c11d8dd8b 382d047879f4191ffa 3f1a8de7074f47d615667c141b36fc72 61a0eb1df09446d6100f AMD ASUS.000 ASUS.SYS ATI bfdf6000d92c5d28f6775437c4082ffe Boot bootmgr boot-sav BOOTSECT.BAK Config.Msi ddc81aadeea516479bf7a8954ee8 Documents and Settings dvmexp dvmexp.idx e025a1e0595584b8e3 eula.1028.txt eula.1031.txt eula.1033.txt eula.1036.txt eula.1040.txt eula.1041.txt eula.1042.txt eula.2052.txt eula.3082.txt Fraps globdata.ini HDMI.log hiberfil.sys install.exe install.ini install.res.1028.dll install.res.1031.dll install.res.1033.dll install.res.1036.dll install.res.1040.dll install.res.1041.dll install.res.1042.dll install.res.2052.dll install.res.3082.dll LU4.log msdia80.dll MSOCache N360_BACKUP pagefile.sys PerfLogs ProgramData Program Files Program Files (x86) Recovery $Recycle.Bin Riot Games splash.idx System Volume Information temp user.js Users VC_RED.cab vcredist.bmp VC_RED.MSI version Windows

=================== df -Th:

Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/cow overlayfs 2.0G 170M 1.8G 9% /
udev devtmpfs 1.9G 12K 1.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 791M 756K 790M 1% /run
/dev/sdc1 vfat 2.0G 698M 1.3G 36% /cdrom
/dev/loop0 squashfs 664M 664M 0 100% /rofs
tmpfs tmpfs 2.0G 32K 2.0G 1% /tmp
none tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none tmpfs 2.0G 80K 2.0G 1% /run/shm
/dev/sda1 fuseblk 699G 150G 550G 22% /mnt/boot-sav/sda1
/dev/sdb1 ext4 187G 5.2G 172G 3% /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1

=================== fdisk -l:

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc15c3cdf

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 1465145343 732571648 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0003f29d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 390719487 195358720 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdc: 2055 MB, 2055019520 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3981 cylinders, total 4013710 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 * 63 4013709 2006823+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


User choice: Is sdb (200GB) a removable disk? no

=================== Recommended repair
recommendedrepair
This setting will reinstall the grub2 of sdb1 into the MBRs of all disks (except USB without OS).
Additional repair will be performed: unhide-bootmenu


Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into all MBRs of disks with OS or not-USB
Already mounted /dev/sdb1 on /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1
Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into the MBR of sda
chroot /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 update-grub
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
grub-install (GRUB) 1.99-21ubuntu3
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Sector 32 is already in use by FlexNet; avoiding it. This software may cause boot or other problems in future. Please ask its authors not to store data in the boot track.
grub-install --recheck /dev/sda: Installation finished. No error reported.
exit code of grub-install /dev/sda:0
Reinstall the GRUB of sdb1 into the MBR of sdb
chroot /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1 update-grub
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
grub-install (GRUB) 1.99-21ubuntu3
grub-install --recheck /dev/sdb: Installation finished. No error reported.
exit code of grub-install /dev/sdb:0
umount: /mnt/boot-sav/sdb1/dev: device is busy.
(In some cases useful info about processes that use
the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))
Unhide GRUB boot menu in sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg

Boot successfully repaired.

You can now reboot your computer.
Please do not forget to make your BIOS boot on sdb (200GB) disk!
pastebinit packages needed
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main _binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_rest ricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory


I believe that's the last one I got. I'm able to boot off the grub thing. But once I select the first option to boot off that's when I get the error I usually get. I'll be home later on and will post the issues. Sorry, I'm at work now.

kansasnoob
July 7th, 2012, 06:30 PM
I'm particularly curious about this:


pastebinit packages needed
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main _binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_rest ricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory

If the installation media is failing to provide the proper grub packages we need to know why :confused:

OTOH we could use wget and dpkg to install the proper grub packages through a chroot but that seems ridiculous with a fresh install :(

Does anything I say make sense?

Deeplove
July 7th, 2012, 06:48 PM
Dang forgot to post my rig also.

Phenom iix2 555 be
Asus m4a785td v evo mobo
4gb ram
Amd hd 6850
550w psu
HDD 750gb win7
HDD 200gb Ubuntu

Yes. Fresh install of Ubuntu on the 200gb HDD. That's what I want.

Deeplove
July 8th, 2012, 05:30 AM
I think you are now getting the Grub menu at boot? If so, please try the following to see if GRUB can see all the files before Ubuntu or Windows boots:

Press 'c' to get to the grub prompt, then:


ls (hd1,5)/ # Does it see the normal Ubuntu folders, and vmlinuz and initrd.img
ls (hd1,5)/boot # vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic & initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
ls (hd1,5)/boot/grub # Lots of *.mod files

Added:

ls (hd1,5)/etc/fstab

If you are getting the grub menu it should be seeing the grub.cfg file, but I'm curious if it's finding all the others.

Everything looks normal in the boot info script results as far as I saw. It' possible GRUB and BIOS aren't seeing one or more files before an OS boots. The files would be seen after an OS takes over, which is why we are searching the disk before the boot.


Don't know what I need to do, buy pressing c gets me to gnu grub version 1.99-21ubuntu3 screen. Minimal bash editing.



if everything else fails, you can try wubi:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-ubuntu-with-windows

this is how am running it on one of my computers.

but of course the install to own partition is usually optimum route to try first.

If I do it this way, then I'd have to reformat my 2nd HDD right? I don't want to use my main HDD which has Win7.



I know a lot of this is probably a repeat of a repeat but bear with me :)

I think you're using a live USB to install, but even if it is a live CD/DVD let's get real basic. When you first boot the live device and the two small emblems appear at the bottom of the screen please press a key. That should display the ability to select the desired language followed by the full live boot menu.

From that menu please select "Check disc for defects". That'll take a few minutes to complete. Let's make sure it says no errors found. If so then boot to the live DE and post the output of these commands:


cat /proc/cpuinfo


lspci | grep VGA


free -m

That just provides some rather specific hardware info, but also post a new boot info summary - no need to run boot repair first but it's always best to start with fresh info ;)

I don't recall seeing two items on the bottom when installing. I have Win7 x64. Did I download the wrong one?


Probably a dumb question but let me try anyways. When I run the live USB to install and when done installing, when I run the Boot Repair...

does it only fix the live USB ubuntu or the HDD ubuntu?

reason I ask because when I reset the live ubuntu seems to reset everything with it. So where does that boot repair save onto? i hope i'm not confusing you all.

kansasnoob
July 8th, 2012, 06:28 AM
First of all in no way confuse what I said with what drs305 is saying. He knows grub much, much better than I do :)

What he is recommending here is a series of things to try when attempting to boot the installed OS:


I think you are now getting the Grub menu at boot? If so, please try the following to see if GRUB can see all the files before Ubuntu or Windows boots:

Press 'c' to get to the grub prompt, then:
Code:

ls (hd1,5)/ # Does it see the normal Ubuntu folders, and vmlinuz and initrd.img
ls (hd1,5)/boot # vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic & initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
ls (hd1,5)/boot/grub # Lots of *.mod files

Added:
Code:

ls (hd1,5)/etc/fstab

If you are getting the grub menu it should be seeing the grub.cfg file, but I'm curious if it's finding all the others.

Everything looks normal in the boot info script results as far as I saw. It' possible GRUB and BIOS aren't seeing one or more files before an OS boots. The files would be seen after an OS takes over, which is why we are searching the disk before the boot.

I was thinking from a different angle altogether, looking at this purely as a failed installation since in post #22 you said you'd tried another fresh install, so I wanted you to test your live installation media for errors. When you boot the live USB you should very briefly see two small icons at the bottom of the screen (indicating a human and a keyboard). You have about 3 seconds when those appear to press a key which will then cause the language selection screen to appear followed by the boot menu. Then just select Check disc for defects which takes several minutes to complete.

The other commands I included simply provide some more specific hardware info :)

kansasnoob
July 8th, 2012, 06:44 AM
This shows what I'm talking about:

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing

I just wanted to rule out bad installation media. I've been doing iso-testing since 8.04 and I've more than once encountered bad installation media for no apparent reason ;)

drs305
July 8th, 2012, 12:41 PM
kansasnoob's approach tackles a bad installation. Normally Grub will leave you at a "grub" or "grub rescue" prompt. Having a "GRUB loading" message with nothing else could very well be a bad installation. I thought his advice would fix your issue and I was surprised that purging and reinstalling GRUB didn't fix the problem if that was the case. If the purge/reinstallation was done by pulling the packages off the Internet the packages should have been re-downloaded after the purge and should be correct. If somehow you were able to reinstall GRUB using packages from the CD/USB then you may have simply reinstalled a defective package.



Don't know what I need to do, buy pressing c gets me to gnu grub version 1.99-21ubuntu3 screen. Minimal bash editing.

The commands I gave you (the "ls" commands) were to be run from the "grub" prompt, which you got when you pressed "c". Grub 2 allows some command line operations for troubleshooting purposes, so when you get to the prompt you run the commands.

The "ls" commands will search the specific partition/folders for the files to see if GRUB can locate them. There may be a combination of missing files and/or modules that leads to what you are getting, and that is the purpose of running the commands.

Deeplove
July 8th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Oh ok. Now the noob question comes in.

When I'm at that Grub prompt, do I type down the whole ls commands together just like you typed it?

drs305
July 8th, 2012, 02:52 PM
Oh ok. Now the noob question comes in.

When I'm at that Grub prompt, do I type down the whole ls commands together just like you typed it?

You don't have to include the # symbol and what follows. Anything after the # symbol is a comment and not acted upon. I just put it there to explain what you would look for.

Also, it's possible the system before booting may see the drives differently. So if (hd1,5) doesn't work, try (hd0,5) or if you have externals connected (hd2,5), etc.

Quackers
July 8th, 2012, 02:54 PM
One at a time. Each command will give an output. Check each output for the files drs305 outlined earlier.

Deeplove
July 9th, 2012, 12:42 PM
Well everyone...with the frustration that this install gave me I ended up tossing it. I was too much trouble trying to get it to work.

But...

I went with Mint and that thing installed instantly. I did the same process and it installed normally. Don't know how much of a difference Mint is to Ubuntu. But it's working.

I greatly appreciate you all that helped me out. Maybe once I get used to mint I'll give Ubuntu another go at it. But for now Mint has me happy. Messed around with it all weekend long.

Linux is something else. I guess I have to sit down and gather information and get used to it. But I like it. Different. Once again thanks and if someone can change it to resolved then that would be great.

:D

drs305
July 9th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Congratulations on getting a working Linux OS. Mint is very well liked by many users and in learning Mint you will be 'learning' Ubuntu as well.

If you don't have any other issues regarding the original post, would you please mark the thread SOLVED so helpers no longer feel the need to visit this thread. If you feel the tag is misleading just add a note to the first post that you abandoned Ubuntu and installed Mint...

Happy Mint-ing !