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    Unhappy Problem setting up dual boot installation

    Hi, I have downloaded the unbuntu 8.10 file and burnt it to disk using the ISO burner, have then installed a partition using wubi and have set up the dual boot on startup.
    The problem I have is after slecting to go into unbuntu is that after 1 min of the unbunto logo being displayed the PC then says:

    Loading, please wait ...
    Busybox v1.10.2 (unbuntu 1:1.10.2-1unbuntu6) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
    (initramfs) _ (and the cursor sits here)

    If I leave the PC for a while it just sits here and does not move, help ?

    If I boot up with the CD in the drive I can load Unbuntu through to the gnome screen as shown in the magazine.

    I am running a standard Dell inspiron 530 with, core 2 processor and 3Gb of RAM.

    Any help with why the loading process stops with the dual boot appreciated.

    Simon

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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    I'm confused, it sounds like you used Wubi to create a partition and you did not install Ubuntu at that time.

    You don't need an install CD if you ran Wubi, it runs from within Windows.
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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    I am not sure if your setup is proper. But if it is you want to add this to your Ubuntu selection in your menu.lst file after ro
    splash all_generic_ide floppy=off irqpoll
    Mine looks like this

    title Linux Mint x64, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sdb1 ro splash all_generic_ide floppy=off irqpoll
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
    I had the same problem with Mint and adding the above solved the problem of the boot hanging. It never happend again.

    I could not make out for sure if you installed via wubi or actually set up an ubuntu partition. As far as wubi goes I know nada since i have never used it.
    Last edited by presence1960; February 13th, 2009 at 03:55 AM.
    Multi-boot: Arch linux, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 & Windows 8

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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    Hi, thank you for the feedback / suggestion.

    Can you please confirm where I would find the file to make the edit suggested ?

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    From looking at the Wubi forum, etc., I'd suggest to the OP that he uninstall Ubuntu through his Windows install; then, checkdsk be run (IIRC, with -r); the HDD be defragged; then, if he wishes, reinstall Ubuntu using Wubi. A common cause of dropping into busy box in a Windows install is a problem with the HDD caused by a "hard" shutdown.

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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    I use nano to edit these types of files.
    From a terminal type sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst

    Make changes --> [CTRL] O to write out changes --> [ENTER] to use same file filename --> [CTRL] X to exit nano

    Reboot
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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    Ripose: +1

    I still don't know if smuirr00 installed Ubuntu to a partition on his hard drive or used wubi. My suggestion will work if he installed Ubuntu to a partition. I have no idea how wubi is set up or how it works.
    Multi-boot: Arch linux, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 & Windows 8

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    Re: Problem setting up dual boot installation

    Yeah, I'm not sure what he done either.

    WUBI is downloaded AND installed from within Windows.
    No CD's, partitioning, etc.
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