Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 Installation Issue and Solution
I recently upgraded my HP mini 1000 from Netbook 10.04 to 10.10 using the online upgrade tool. It worked fine for a few hours but while I was downloading some torrents, everything froze up. Then it refused to reboot only displaying the 'initramfs' prompt and it wouldn't let me run a disk check (i think it said "disk in use"). I tried to re-install from a USB stick but the install just hung forever and wouldn't go past the first page. I could run Netbook 10.10 from the Try Ubuntu button, but I couldn't access any disk utility tools. It wouldn't let me delete any partitions or format or even run any tests on the hard drive. I was thinking the drive must have failed.
Just to try it out I ran Puppy Linux from a USB and that let me delete partions using gParted. Then I partioned the drive to install Puppy and that was a success. I would have left it there but I couldn't get wireless to work (Broadcom issues). So I was thinking that being able to partion the drive may have made installing Netbook 10.10 possible so I tried installing that again and it worked this time.
I'm not sure whether I really did anything useful or what actually worked but I saw a lot of posts describing the same problems and this was a work around that worked for me.
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