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Cheese Power
November 13th, 2010, 05:57 AM
I have an ASUS G51J notebook with Windows 7 installed. I was following This Guide (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot). I set aside about 100GB for the Unallocated partition. When I started my laptop, I chose to boot from CD (which has an Ubuntu 10.10 ISO on it). I saw a purple background with two icons at the bottom of the screen, and eventually "Ubuntu" appeared in the center with a few dots underneath it. These dots would change color from left to right like a loading bar.

This is where my issue comes up. My friend was using this same CD on his Dell laptop and his desktop which has a XFX motherboard, Q6600 processor, and Invidia 470 graphics card. After this "loading bar" was done, he would be asked if he wanted to boot or install Ubuntu.

This didn't happen for me. What happened instead was that I saw what looked like my Windows desktop after having gone through a meat grinder. There were various icons randomly in pieces all over the place. The only icon that was in one piece (by chance) was my shortcut to Skype.

Has anyone seen this before? Am I doing something wrong? My friend was saying that maybe I should try with a fresh reinstall of Windows and try again. I wasn't even given the choice to just boot from disc. It got to the point where I expected it to give me the options to do so, but instead the Kansas version of my desktop shows up after being hit by an F5.

Edit:
My friend was watching it load, and he says it looks like it's trying to boot up (without asking me whether to boot or install). When he was loading it up from disc, there were 4 dots that made up the loading bar. For me there are 5 dots. There is also a little logo on the top right side of "Ubuntu". This time when it was "done" loading, the screen turned black and white. It looked like a blocky maze.

Rubi1200
November 13th, 2010, 12:24 PM
Hi and welcome to the forums :)

Take a look here and see if it helps:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10089470&postcount=4

Cheese Power
November 13th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Thanks for responding. That post doesn't really help me since I cannot even boot. I would like to install Ubuntu eventually, but I can't get anything to happen.

Richard60
December 9th, 2010, 11:03 PM
I have exactly the same problem with my Asus G51Jx I use 10.04 now, but 10.10 won't install. I did not find the solution yet. So I am looking forward to it.

Quackers
December 10th, 2010, 12:49 AM
When the purple screen shows up press any key and a different screen should appear. Press F6 and a few options will appear near the bottom right of the screen. Select the "nomodeset" option and continue. This should get you to the next screens ( I think )

Richard60
December 10th, 2010, 12:12 PM
This works, Now the installation completed. But a new problem now. After completing and rebooting a error occurded: the symbol 'grub_xputs' not found.
grub resque>

what now?

sikander3786
December 10th, 2010, 12:19 PM
This works, Now the installation completed. But a new problem now. After completing and rebooting a error occurded: the symbol 'grub_xputs' not found.
grub resque>

what now?
Are you sure you are booting from the proper HDD? Check in Bios menu.

If that is not causing problems, boot an Ubuntu Live CD/USB and post the output of bootinfoscript as per instructions here.

http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net

While posting, click the # icon in post menu and paste your text in between the generated code tags.

Rubi1200
December 10th, 2010, 12:20 PM
Hi,
an xputs error usually means that GRUB is missing some files. To repair this you will need to purge and reinstall GRUB from the LiveCD.

First, however, we need you to boot the computer with the LiveCD and run the boot info script linked at the bottom of my post (instructions included).

Post the results back here so we have a better overview of your system and to make sure there are no other issues that need to be dealt with.

Thanks.

Richard60
December 10th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Here is the results.txt file.

sikander3786
December 10th, 2010, 02:27 PM
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks on the same drive in
partition #1 for /boot/grub.

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Vista: Fat 32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /boot/bcd

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Grub 2
Boot sector info: Grub 2 is installed in the boot sector of sda5 and
looks at sector 17350784 of the same hard drive for
core.img, but core.img can not be found at this
location. According to the info in the boot sector,
sda5 starts at sector 2048.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdb2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: Unknown
Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 34,828,919 34,828,857 1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda2 * 34,828,920 279,022,199 244,193,280 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 279,023,616 976,771,071 697,747,456 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 279,025,664 976,771,071 697,745,408 7 HPFS/NTFS


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2,048 39,063,551 39,061,504 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 39,065,598 976,771,071 937,705,474 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 39,065,600 54,687,743 15,622,144 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdb6 54,689,792 976,771,071 922,081,280 83 Linux


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/loop0 squashfs
/dev/sda1 02FA-C75A vfat RECOVERY
/dev/sda2 244AB52C4AB4FC1C ntfs OS
/dev/sda3: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sda5 FEE4B766E4B71FB7 ntfs Data
/dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb1 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10 ext4
/dev/sdb2: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb5 0cd4f8e4-28ba-452e-85da-3c5c50229452 swap
/dev/sdb6 38006fdf-a0c7-486d-8ee0-19ab0204ecf5 ext4
/dev/sdb: PTTYPE="dos"

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

aufs / aufs (rw)
/dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)
/dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
/dev/sda5 /media/Data fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_ permissions)


=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
insmod vbe
insmod vga
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=640x480
load_video
insmod gfxterm
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=nl
insmod gettext
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows Vista (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod fat
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 02fa-c75a
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 244ab52c4ab4fc1c
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###

=============================== sdb1/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
UUID=3474d795-d719-46dd-a37b-3a658ca7aa10 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /home was on /dev/sdb6 during installation
UUID=38006fdf-a0c7-486d-8ee0-19ab0204ecf5 /home ext4 defaults 0 2
# swap was on /dev/sdb5 during installation
UUID=0cd4f8e4-28ba-452e-85da-3c5c50229452 none swap sw 0 0

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


8.8GB: boot/grub/core.img
.6GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
1.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
8.8GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
1.4GB: initrd.img
8.8GB: vmlinuz
=========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================

Unknown BootLoader on sdb2

00000000 e1 d9 83 c3 ed f5 8d 33 31 f8 30 18 2e b4 96 7e |.......31.0....~|
00000010 a2 35 46 50 8b 16 8b 11 d7 a2 0f c7 bb 51 51 21 |.5FP.........QQ!|
00000020 86 c3 9d 83 05 33 c7 63 04 0f 93 98 03 e1 0d 4f |.....3.c.......O|
00000030 63 ec 0a 04 14 04 1c 7c 58 90 6f a2 69 51 a7 a9 |c......|X.o.iQ..|
00000040 d2 fc a6 1c ec 09 70 2c ca f4 b7 b2 73 f5 0c ae |......p,....s...|
00000050 f6 7b 96 ad 9e 25 6c ec 24 35 a5 b0 fd 75 4b 96 |.{...%l.$5...uK.|
00000060 81 44 93 50 98 86 0a 33 65 aa ff 8d f9 e3 6e 41 |.D.P...3e.....nA|
00000070 c5 0b d5 07 49 7a 59 c6 70 05 4c ed 5e d5 6c 87 |....IzY.p.L.^.l.|
00000080 38 77 24 b3 63 e6 9a 9c 4b 1c 00 3e 1f b3 71 1a |8w$.c...K..>..q.|
00000090 d4 72 22 d0 e6 13 9e e7 22 30 7a 30 d2 48 16 17 |.r"....."0z0.H..|
000000a0 1e 0b a3 0e 61 bf fa 60 75 3f 51 89 fb 54 f5 3c |....a..`u?Q..T.<|
000000b0 e3 a5 25 03 8d 56 77 13 ee 92 55 db 38 da a7 f4 |..%..Vw...U.8...|
000000c0 a2 07 59 dc 3e 31 92 de 96 c4 c8 2c b5 d6 80 28 |..Y.>1.....,...(|
000000d0 88 59 43 53 37 c4 4f bb 65 ef 1b c1 e8 d5 1c 1a |.YCS7.O.e.......|
000000e0 47 33 28 91 3a 7e 50 37 80 75 ad 6a 5a 4a 90 d3 |G3(.:~P7.u.jZJ..|
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00000100 1d 2e 8c 6c 38 a1 d3 cb 02 31 72 4d 73 07 27 ed |...l8....1rMs.'.|
00000110 08 68 85 a5 06 df 60 7c 8e f5 49 e4 ae 92 d3 e9 |.h....`|..I.....|
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sikander3786
December 10th, 2010, 02:31 PM
The problem seems to lie here.


sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Grub 2
Boot sector info: Grub 2 is installed in the boot sector of sda5 and
looks at sector 17350784 of the same hard drive for
core.img, but core.img can not be found at this
location. According to the info in the boot sector,
sda5 starts at sector 2048.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:


In my opinion, you need to purge and re-install Grub as described here.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1581099

Richard60
December 10th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Grub 2 reinstalled. Ubuntu started. After the logo the screen booting failed again. The same problem as in the first post. The circle was closed again.

Quackers
December 10th, 2010, 04:42 PM
Did you try the nomodeset option?

Richard60
December 10th, 2010, 09:16 PM
I reinstalled 10.10 on a external esata hdd. I used nomodeset. I installed Grub on the external hdd. After installing en rebooting I had to use safe mode. After sevaral updates and installed Nvidia driver Ubuntu started ok.
I had 1 error message: Intel ips 0000:00:1f.6: failed to get i915 symbols, graphics turbo disabled.
So it has progress, but it is not easy. How to solve the error message.

Quackers
December 10th, 2010, 09:27 PM
There are also i915.modeset=1 and i915.modeset=0 boot options, I believe. You could try those. However, there is another thread on here where he is using a new machine with a new type of Intel chipset graphics, for which there is no current driver and he cannot find a workaround. It may be that you have the same chipset?

Richard60
December 10th, 2010, 10:53 PM
I accept the missing of a recent driver. My notebook is recent indeed. Thanks for your help. I wait untill the new driver arrives.

sikander3786
December 11th, 2010, 07:15 AM
I accept the missing of a recent driver. My notebook is recent indeed. Thanks for your help. I wait untill the new driver arrives.
I would want to work a bit more on this one if you want to...

So it is an Nvidia GTX 260M graphics chip? That is supported under Ubuntu since Lucid. I've seen some people using it.

Proprietary drivers have not been installed already from the Live CD? A workaround might be to boot a Live CD/USB and install the graphics drivers in that environment. Where it asks for a reboot, don't reboot. Switch to tty1 by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1 and restart gdm.


sudo service gdm stop


sudo service gdm start

If the drivers were installed correctly, install Ubuntu once more and they'll be included in the installation and might solve the issue for you.

Or, boot to recovery mode from your existing install > drop to root shell and try to reconfigure your graphics.


sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old


sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Reboot:


sudo shutdown -r now

Don't put in any parameter like nomodeset or i915 etc. Just let it boot normally. What happens?

If that doesn't work, from the same root shell, try to install nvidia drivers. Plug in your ethernet cable,


dhclient eht0


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-common nvidia-settings

Reboot once more, if still no response, try to configure it from the command line.


sudo nvidia-xconfig

Lets hope any of those fixes works for you.

Richard60
December 12th, 2010, 11:59 AM
The notebook has a nVidia Geforce GTS 360M. Does that make a difference?

sikander3786
December 12th, 2010, 12:11 PM
The notebook has a nVidia Geforce GTS 360M. Does that make a difference?
It shouldn't. Did you try the steps in above post?