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    12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Hi,

    this is my first post, so please excuse me if I've posted this in the wrong forum, and use the wrong terminology.

    I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Dell Latitude ST slate and have encountered a small problem:

    In short, the computer seems to work when running off the USB stick, and seems to be stuck in some kind of a loop when booted from the hard drive.

    Hardware Dell Latitude ST:
    Intel Atom Z670
    Intel SM35 Chipset
    Intel GMA 600 Graphics
    Atheros Wireless WLAN BT 1535C Half MiniCard

    Software:
    Dual boot Windows 7 and the Ubuntu 12.04 daily-live image of 20th March

    Running Ubuntu from USB stick:
    At first there were some errors concerning missing Bluetooth firmware similar to the ones listed below. The first desktop screen that shows up with the choice to "Try Ubuntu" or "Install Ubuntu" was divided in two horizontally. It was, however, possible choose to “Try Ubuntu” by point-and-click either using a finger or the stylus. Once Ubuntu was up and running from the USB stick, the screen looked as it should. The touch screen worked fine, but Bluetooh and WLAN did not work, but that's not important at the moment. Some internal errors showed up, but that might be because it was running from the USB stick.

    Running Ubuntu when installed on the hard drive:
    When booting, after completing installation, Ubuntu seems to go black screen followed by a drum sound. If booting in recovery mode and resuming normal boot a half screen mode is entered. The upper half screen shows the X desktop and the lower half screen shows console text. It is possible to access the desktop icons on the X desktop-half of the screen either using a finger or the stylus. The console text-half of the screen does not seem to be active.

    If Ctrl-Alt-F1 is pressed the computer enters a loop looking like this:

    Bluetooth: Error in firmware loading err = -32, len = 384, size = 4096
    Bluetooth: Loading patch failed
    Bluetooth: Error in firmware loading err = -32, len = 448, size = 4096
    Bluetooth: Loading patch failed
    Bluetooth: Error in firmware loading err = -32, len = 512, size = 4096
    Bluetooth: Loading patch failed

    It will cycle through these errors until powered off. Otherwise, if Ctrl-Alt-F7 is pressed Ubuntu reenters the same half screen mode described above.

    If booting in recovery mode and dropping to root shell mode typing “sudo lightdm restart” in the command line results in the following error:

    Failed to get D-Bus connection
    ** WARNING ** Failed to open log file /var/log/lightdm/x-1.log: Read-only file system
    Fatal server error:
    Could not create lock file in /tmp/.tX1-lock

    All this is rather annoying, especially since it seems to work fine when running off the USB stick

    Any suggestion on how to get by this is greatly appreciated.

    /Peter

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Well the drum sound means it has successfully booted up to the login screen.

    The read-only filesystem error message you get in recovery mode is to be expected - when first entering recovery mode take the option just above the drop to root shell one called "remount filesystem" which will remount it as read/write and then present you the option to drop to root shell again.

    What happens if you do a normal boot to the black screen with drums, then Ctrl-Alt-F1 (to access a tty) to login then do your sudo service lightdm restart ?

    I'm not at all familiar with the hardware you're using or indeed slates in general so all I can suggest is maybe trying some of the graphics related kernel boot options from the GRUB screen - like nomodeset.

    In fact it would be worthwhile looking what options are set there on the live USB version that works and then comparing it to the options set on your installed version. Might luck out and see an obvious difference

    Info on setting boot options from GRUB temporarily and permanently here (just in case you need them):
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132

    Good luck.

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 after the normal boot and drum results in the same loop as I mentioned in my first post. I'm not able to stop the loop to get to the prompt. Setting nomodeset in Grub gave the same result.

    I'll have a look in the Grub configuration file on the live USB to see if I can find something obvious enough for me to notice.

    /Peter

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    not that anybody would need to care, but this is to let you know that I am experiencing exactly the same problem on a Nokia Booklet 3G. When booting from live USB I get a normal desktop ( and with the right resolution, contrary to previous 10.* releases, whene I needed to mess up with the Poulsbo drivers).
    But if I choose to install ubuntu and boot from the booklet disk, then I get black screen and/or half screen.
    The fact that the USB boot works OK suggests that this is probably a low hanging fruit, but my Linux competence is now exhausted....

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    I've banged my head bloody on this, but only getting a severe headache. For some reason X detects the correct hardware when booting a Ubuntu Live image from a USB stick. The same X doesn't seem to be capable of detecting the correct hardware when Ubuntu is installed.

    I tried generating xorg.conf using "X -configure" when running from the USB stick and use that config file when running the installed version. That didn't do much good either.

    The low hanging fruit seems out of my reach, I'm afraid.

    /Peter

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Try adding nomodeset option to the end of the linux line as described here.
    boot_info_script | AMD64 Athlon X2 Dual-Core - nVidia Geforce 6150 SE - 4GB DDR3

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, but it didn't make any difference I'm afraid.

    /Peter

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    Re: 12.04 works from USB stick but not after it's installed

    Finally I got it to work.

    As it turned out the procedure described by Sebastian Mogilowski worked on my Dell slate as well. Which, obviously, it should. The problem was that the bluetooth error message described in my first post made it impossible to input anything in terminal mode. Entering failsafe mode and getting the wireless card to work according to the above link removed that error message. With the error message gone it was possible to load the correct graphics card driver.

    Now I just have to figure out why the "psb_gfx" module isn't loaded at boot.

    /Peter

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