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August 25th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Any help please.
I rebuilt my entire computer and fitted a new formatted 1T hard drive.Computer has everything else.
I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 32bit ISO from the internet and prepared an installation disk to install.
I start up the computer and get the following:
diskette drive b :none
pri master disk :none
pri slave disk :none
sec master disk :none
Sec slave disk :CD-RW,ATA33

I have two disk drives,a floppy disk drive and the formatted hard disk.
At the bottom it says:DISK BOOT FAILURE,insert system disk and press enter
when I do this the new installation disk starts spinning but nothing happens and the screen reverts to the above.
What are my next steps please?

August 25th, 2012, 11:45 AM
You need to go into your BIOS and tell it to boot from the CD first.

Your motherboard manual will have instructions on how to do this.

Also your BIOS is not recognising that you have a hard disk installed, you should sort this out at the same time.

Easy Limits
August 25th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Check your BIOS to see if the BIOS is seeing all of your hardware, like mentioned above. If it is not seeing your hardware then recheck your connections.

Bucky Ball
August 25th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Thread moved to Installation & Upgrades.

Just wondering why you're using the 32bit version? If you have a recently built machine I imagine you would be wanting the 64bit version.

August 25th, 2012, 03:46 PM
Thanks for your trouble.
Changed the bios to boot from cd for all three options.Detection of hardware set to auto and manual but no detection.
Will recheck all connections tomorrow after a good rest and report back as soon as possible.

August 25th, 2012, 03:52 PM
To be quite honost I don't know the difference but selected 32bit because it was recommended at the time of download.

Bucky Ball
August 25th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Suggest you go 64bit if you have dual and beyond core processor. Says AMD64, but is for ALL 64bit machines. That can be confusing.

August 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM
My son checked, 32bit is correct.
Machine now detects everything.SATA cables weren't properly inserted.
On boot up computer now says: boot from CD
:ERROR : unknown file system
grub rescue>

this seems to be the last bridge to cross. Any suggestions please.

August 27th, 2012, 07:19 PM
Any good soul out there who can handle the "boot rescue >" problem ?

black veils
August 27th, 2012, 08:22 PM
explain what happened:

you put the installation media in, and then.... (?)

August 27th, 2012, 10:44 PM
Any good soul out there who can handle the "boot rescue >" problem ?

I have 2 "boot rescue" machines is the last 3 weeks.Both computer were up and running.1 was a dual boot and the other was a fresh install and both died!! Kernal,partitioner,bad update,terrorists? Who knows? but it all started in the last 3 weeks....

Bucky Ball
August 28th, 2012, 04:04 AM
I rebuilt my entire computer and fitted a new formatted 1T hard drive.Computer has everything else.

Could you give more details about the rebuild and that might provide more clues. Did you do anything more than add a terrabyte drive? New RAM, processor, PSU? Perhaps you could post the result of this command:


August 28th, 2012, 06:13 AM
Please read the full thread and you will have the full story till now.

Bucky Ball
August 28th, 2012, 08:34 AM
Please read the full thread and you will have the full story till now.

Been following this thread til now and you've given no details whatsoever about the hardware upgrade apart from the fact you've added a 1Tb hard drive, yet you say in the first post:

I rebuilt my entire computer ...You added a 1Tb hard drive to an existing machine or you rebuilt the whole thing replacing all or most of the hardware? Not splitting hairs here but your statement in the first post is a little unclear and would help us help you if it was clear what has been removed/installed. ;)

August 28th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Thanks for your time and bearing with me.
I installed the harddrive,upgraded the memory to 1.5 and added an additional DVD drive.The processor is a standard eurotek 2.8 and is unchanged.The hard drive and one dvd drive are sasa cable connected and the other dvd drive standard cable.I trust this will assist .

August 28th, 2012, 05:40 PM
lspci is an unknown command says the computer

Bucky Ball
August 28th, 2012, 08:02 PM
lspci is an unknown command says the computer

Thanks for that. Will check tomorrow as about to hit the sack.


sudo lspci

My mistake. ;)

October 12th, 2012, 04:11 AM
sorry I couldn't take this problem further as I had no internet connection till now as they installed new cables in our area.
The problem still persists.I want to install 12.04 on a new formatted hard disk.Computer recognises all hardware and then says 'boot from cd' then goes to 'grub rescue>'.
The only way I can communicate with the computer is via the command line after grub rescue> or insert a disk, if one is available,to fix the problem.For what it may be worth,it used to be a windows machine with xp loaded.My bios is set on load from cd first second and third options.
please help if anyone can

October 12th, 2012, 04:36 AM
This is quite a complicated issue for a normal user but after a lot of reading it appears that I need,and I am sure many others do,an ubuntu iso disk that will set up and partition the formatted hard disk for Ububtu usage,in my case only Ubuntu.I have an Ubuntu iso install disk which I downloaded from the internet which obviously cannot do this.Is one available that can prepare the computer for the new installation?

October 12th, 2012, 05:25 AM
Did you get CD to boot before and do an install. It seems like it is not booting CD as it may be defective or CD drive is defective and just going to hard drive. Hard drive just has grub in MBR so all you get it grub rescue.

From grub rescue:

Grub Rescue Prompt Megathread - drs305

grub rescue:
ls # Do you see (hd0), (hd0,1) ? If so, run the next command. If you see (hd0,5), use that instead of (hd0,1) in the next command.
configfile (hd0,1)/boot/grub/grub.cfg

Above only works if you have a good grub.cfg.

These commands will see if the grub folder exists. example is hd0,5, but use the drive & partition that has your grub files.
Adjust drive, partition to your install:
ls (hd0,5)/ # Do you see 'vmlinuz' and 'initrd.img' ?
ls (hd0,5)/boot # Do you see the kernel and initrd image files ?
ls (hd0,5)/boot/grub # Do you see lots of *.mod files and grub.cfg ?

set prefix=(hd0,5)/boot/grub
set root=(hd0,5)
linux (hd0,5)/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 ro
initrd (hd0,5)/initrd.img

October 16th, 2012, 12:36 PM
OK. I cannot say this problem is solved but took my computer to a pc shop with Ubuntu 12.04 disk and asked them to load it as they did and at least can now srart the 12.04 battle which I am sure it will be.
They removed my ATI graphics card and computer then accepted the Ubuntu disk.
How that works I will probably never know.If it serves as a guideline of sorts, goodluck.