View Full Version : [ubuntu] trying to run Ubuntu Live CD on machine w/ Ubuntu 8.10

December 21st, 2008, 03:13 AM
I'm a newcomer to linux with Ubuntu 8.10 successfully installed. It works great! My problem is I want to install XP. In order to do this I am trying to boot using the the live cd version of Ubuntu so that I can make an ntfs partition. I keep getting a message window that says I/O error Error reading boot CD Reboot or something like the following:

Boot from (hd0,0)ext3 6948b75b-31b3-467c-887-7cb10c323efe
Starting up ...
Loafding, please wait...
uplash: Setting mode 1920x1440 failed
uplas: Using mode 1600x1200
Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:
- Boot args (Cat /proc.cmdline)
- Check rootdelay= (didsystem wait long enough?)
- Check root=(did the system wait for the right device?)
- Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
Alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/6948b75b-31b3-467c-887f-7cb10c323efe does not exist. Dropping to a shell

BusyBox v1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-ubuntu6) build-inshell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(Initramfs) [ 54.496336] sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through [ 54.515270] sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through


Hard Drive info:

Model: ATA WDCWD1600jb-00E
Size: 149.05GiB
Path: /dev/sda

DiskLabel Type: msdos
Heads: 255
sectors/Track: 63
Cylinders: 19457
Total Sectors 312576705

disk is partitioned as follows:

Partition Filesystem Mountpoint Size used unused
/dev/sda1 ext3 ext3 / 146.89 5.75GiB 141.14G
/dev/sda2 extended 2.16GiB - -
/de/sda5 linux-swap 2.16GiB - -

Help please


January 18th, 2009, 12:22 PM
You may already have solved this now, but you dont have to use the live CD to make an ntfs partition.

Boot into intrepid then issue

sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1

replace sda1 with the partition you inrend to use for XP, one problem windows always needs a primary partition and I believe it has to be first partition, so you may have to move Ubuntu to make room for XP.