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  1. #1
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    No boot

    Loaded ubuntu using Wubi onto Windows Pro on old 400mHz computer with 256K memory. On boot, get the logo and then Busybox message 'Enter help' and cursor (initramfs). Windows runs OK.

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    Re: No boot

    I recommend you do a search, quite often people find that the answer to there question was just a search away.

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    Re: No boot

    Try reinstalling.

    Does the LiveCD work?

    It seems as though Jim! is hinting that it's really easy to find the answer to your problem on Google. Try searching for that error message that you get.

    @Jim!
    Do you know some search terms that would work particularly well for this problem?
    Last edited by coolaj86; July 15th, 2008 at 04:43 AM.

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    Re: No boot

    Please post the output of:

    cat /proc/cmdline
    cat /proc/mounts
    cat /proc/partitions

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    Re: No boot

    Do you stuck at some point with this prompt?

    Busybox v1.1.3 (Debian 1.1.1.3-5ubunu7) Bult-in shell (ash)
    Enter help for a list of built in commands.
    (initramfs)


    I also got the same thing and was astonished. The solution is simple: From windows, after running the WUBI installer, replce "quiet splash" with "all_generic_ide" in the file g:\ubuntu\disks\boot\grub\menu.lst and reboot. Hope it works. (Here G: was the drive that is selected for Ubuntu installation, it may be different for you)

    also, is your drive FAT32 formatted? make it NTFS.
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    Re: No boot

    Made the changes suggested by Plastichero and now the program appears to be loading and finally stalls at 'ubuntu@ubuntu:~$'

    Ago, how do I find the three cat\proc\ messages?
    John

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    Re: No boot

    cat is a command, /proc/cmdline is an argument, you need to type exactly as above with spaces and correct slash.

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    Re: No boot

    Sorry, I'm not ubuntu savvy....at what prompt to issue?

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    Re: No boot

    I haven't tried an install from the disk, but another problem might be a memory restriction....this is old machine, 400mHz with 256kB memory. what do you think?

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    Thumbs down Re: No boot

    Once you have logged in to ubuntu, you should see the prompt, which looks like 'username'@'computer', for example, ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ . You should be able to type on your keyboard, and see your inputs. Now type in the first command, so the screen looks like this, and hit enter
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ cat /proc/cmdline
    You should get a line of output, for example:
    Code:
    root=UUID=173130dd-21ff-4682-9172-d399a9399fec ro all_generic_ide
    Repeat those steps for the other two commands, and post the results here.

    By the way, if you have not done so, I would highly recommend following plastichero's advice, it usually fixes these problems.

    Also, since your computer is low on RAM, you might want to choose xubuntu instead of standard ubuntu, since it runs faster.
    WubiGuide - Wubi tips, tricks, and answers to common questions.
    UNetBootin - Install Linux and create LiveUSB drives without a CD.

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