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  1. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    I HATE admitting defeat... but this one beat me.


    The problematic CF-28 is sold!!!

    Thankyou Fred, thankyou all who contributed and I am sorry we cannot offer a solution to future readers.
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  2. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hi Fred,
    Yeah I know,

    8.04 was just a test that someone on the the Toughbook Forums suggested (being a Pentium III 800Mhz laptop and all that...).

    Didn't even come close to installing anyway...
  3. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Here's something different... The screen went all wierd and no keys would work. Back to normal after reboot.

    Please check the attached photos.

    That happened after leaving Ubuntu 8.04 installing...
  4. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Ok... 8.04 is not installing.

    Just gives me Dos script after the Ubuntu Install Menu!

    Anyone wanna buy a CF28?

    Trying now to Boot in Safe Mode

    1st line says..
  5. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    I did wonder if it wasn't a Bios problem but seeing as you need an OS to upgrade the Bios, that makes the CF28 a brick... Without a second CF28 to swap drives.
  6. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Don't see an option in the bios to recognise non-Dos OS's.

    I'll try 8.04 and let you know...

    Woke up today deciding to just sell it to a tec (with time) or for parts.

    Lets see.

    I...
  7. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hola Fred,

    I actually encountered this page before but it seemed a mind boggling at the time.

    I'll have a good look if I can tomorrow (busy day) and report back.

    Thanks again eh?
  8. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Edit to remove....
  9. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    I'm wondering...

    My "raising Skinny Elephants etc" command isn't working at all....

    According to this person found here, RE: Raising Skinny Elephants....
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  10. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Ok, changed the HD from 160Gb to 40Gb.

    installed Ubuntu 9.10, changed the code to add i915.modeset=1 and...

    we have progress!

    Not a lot, but it booted up to the words;

    Grub loading.
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  11. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Looks interesting. According to the thread this resolved their problem.
    I think I still have an old Ubuntu 10.10 or else will try to download a 9.10.

    Cheers Fred. Let's give it a go.
  12. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Win2000 reinstall --- flashing white line
    Lubuntu 12.04 reinstall -- flashing white line..
  13. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Re-installed both Win XP Pro and Lubuntu 12.04 and still have the flashing little white line in the upper corner.

    What is the problem? The graphic card works fine from optical media and it...
  14. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    I imagined that Lubuntu 12.04 would be good but maybe I should look at an older release?


    Have to pop out for a bit but will check when back.

    Gonna try both Linux and Windows re-installs...
  15. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hi again, keep losing my Posts as I write, so now will keep it short...

    Sorry fella, what was your suggestion? fsck? Or reinstall? Any preferred OS for install? (had been Lubuntu 12.04 and Mint...
  16. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Ok, the "Reboot System Even If Ultimately Broken" doesn't work, so I just Ctrl + Alt + Del to reboot... (the SysRq key is shared with PrtSc... Maybe this is why?)

    Pressing the Down Arrow doesn't...
  17. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    When I hold SHIFT, the word Grub appears. If I keep holding, the words Grub loading appear but no list or indeed any OS Boot.

    Cheers Fred, Gonna check your links.

    Maybe it is video related?
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  18. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hi Ronniew, thanks for your reply,

    Yeah, it was suggested, back when I still had no optical drive.

    How do you think that could help?
    Bear in mind that the on-board USB is version 1.0. I have...
  19. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    This is when I select the lower option box (ask for online support etc.) ~~~ http://paste.ubuntu.com/5774120/


    Then ran this one with the "repair file system" selected. ~~~...
  20. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Aaha!

    Boot-Repair DVD!

    First run link is http://paste.ubuntu.com/5773899/

    still not booting...

    Running another now.
  21. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    This is where I was getting stuck before, as wasn't totally sure how and when to Boot the Boot-repair CD. Gonna try again.....
  22. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hola Mips.



    fdisk -l gives me a list of the Partitions...

    /dev/sda1 * 2048 57573375 28785664 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 57575422 58603519 514049 ...
  23. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Apologies for the delayed response..

    Hi again Fred...



    Bios sees the Hard Drive - without problem

    How can I tell if "MBR has found more boot code either Windows in Windows partition or ...
  24. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hola Fred,

    just wrote a long mail and it got deleted by mistake, so I'll try again...

    Boot: _ appeared last night whilst pressing various buttons upon startup and after the Panasonic logo, -...
  25. Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Off to bed... CD is stuck again...

    Cannot find Boot-Repair...

    Now have a, boot: _ in the upper left corner.

    What command could/should I enter?

    I'm tired.
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