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April 7th, 2013, 12:39 AM
Hi all,
A family members computer with ubuntu 12 recently started booting to the busybox screen. I've searched and can't find a solution to why this started happening but I cannot figure out how to load ubuntu. I decided to try a reintall but I can't get the Disc to load a boot. Tried all the key combinations...

Anyone have suggestions?

April 7th, 2013, 12:44 AM
Are you sure the cd is good? If you can't even boot the computer with it, that's not good. Do you have nvidia graphics maybe? Often nvidia cards need a special boot parameter called nomodeset.

What is happening exactly when you try to boot with the cd?

April 7th, 2013, 12:56 AM
Thanks for replying. I don't even get an option to boot from the CD, the system goes right into busybox. I've tried two different cd's now, and it worked when I first installed ubuntu, so I'm not sure why it won't read it.

April 7th, 2013, 01:50 AM
Check the boot devices order in bios. If it tries the hdd before the cd-rom it will never even try to load the cd. The cd-rom has to be before the hdd.

April 7th, 2013, 02:06 AM
Tried that, it's set correctly.

April 7th, 2013, 05:15 AM
Firstly, check the CD/DVD it could be corrupt. BURN (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/burn-a-dvd-on-ubuntu) Ubuntu.iso to a new DVD/USB and try again. You might also want to check the integrity of you downloaded .iso with MD5SUM CHECK (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM). If its not okay then re-download Ubuntu.

You haven't confirmed if you have nvidea graphics? Give us some details of your computer's specs.