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  1. #1
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    boot repair help !

    Hi there,

    I have a really old Mesh P.C. which did sucessfully install and run XP (so it should I hope be capable of running Lubuntu) was Windows 95 before !. I decided to try Lubuntu and burned a live disc. I believe it has installed O.K. but when I boot from HD I get "grub rescue" after "unknown file system". I then tried the boot-repair as suggested and it did a load of stuff. But I still have the same problem. Here is the url for the boot info summary created after boot repair ran. http://pasteubuntu.com/5758560/
    Due to the small HD I got the installer to ditch XP as it was needing to be activated and I lost the code.

    I suspect this has fixed the boot part but for some reason I just cannot get it started ! Maybe a BIOS setting which needs to be changed to get the correct file system? Perhaps it is still set for Windows or something? I have no experience of LINUX and very little familiarity of changing BIOS settings.

    Many thanks

    Mark

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    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: boot repair help !

    Welcome to the forums.

    What version did you install and what CPU does system have.
    If really old you may need the version without PAE.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1951653
    Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and probably Edubuntu will ship with the PAE kernel in 12.04, but both Lubuntu and Xubuntu will ship with non-pae

    How To Install Ubuntu 12.04 On Non-PAE Capable Hardware.
    http://www.webupd8.org/2012/05/how-t...-pae.html#more
    To see processor
    lscpu
    grep --color=always -i PAE /proc/cpuinfo

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Address_Extension
    PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)

    But I am not sure installer would have worked it it was the wrong version.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







  3. #3
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    Re: boot repair help !

    I just changed a setting in BIOS which has solved it! It was in the IDE bit and it appeared that no drives were selected so I let it auto select and have now got the sign in screen !

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I think I'll be OK now (fingers crossed !)

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