Re: ThinkPad x121e [Intel's i3 CPU]
Several possibilities spring to mind:
Originally Posted by jheyman
- There could be an error in the elilo.conf file -- a typo, an incomplete cut/paste, etc. Note this includes both errors copying it on your end and errors on my end; and it could be that what works fine for me fails on your computer and so could be considered an "error." Double-checking the file with what I posted, and perhaps studying the format and trying variants, might be worth trying. You could try removing the "quiet splash" options to get the kernel to display boot-time messages for more diagnostic information, for instance.
- You could try the other boot option by typing "install" at the "ELILO boot:" prompt. That should launch the installer directly, rather than launch the desktop environment. On my test system, the installer ran in text mode when launched this way, but at least it did run.
- The kernel provided by Ubuntu might be incompatible with your computer's hardware. Perhaps an upgraded kernel (most easily done with a more recent version of Ubuntu) would do better, or you might have better luck with another distribution (Fedora, OpenSUSE, Debian, etc.).
- It could be that the system has booted but that there's a problem with the video interface. I've seen this on some UEFI boots, but mostly on VirtualBox installations. This could be tricky or impossible to get around, since without the display, you have no interface to the computer. (On my VirtualBox installs with this problem, I've been able to boot in other ways, enable an SSH server, reboot in the problem way, and log in via SSH to verify that the system has booted but doesn't have a display.)
One other thought occurred to me, regarding a BIOS-mode boot: Some of my systems have problems booting from some of my USB flash drives in BIOS mode. The problem appears to be tied to specific USB flash drives; for instance, a 2 GB PNY drive is unbootable on some of my computers, although it works fine as a non-boot data drive and is even bootable on other computers. You could be seeing something similar, in which case using a different USB flash drive might be a way to work around the problem.
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