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  1. #1
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    Computer won't boot?

    I installed a new video card on my computer, it has a green hard drive and I feel this is the problem. But after booted up with the new video card it gave me my second boot option (to boot from cd) is there anyway that I can boot from a live cd, then boot up my old system?

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    Are you 100% certain of the boot order you have in your bios? What makes you think it is your Hard Drive?

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    yes 100%
    I have a 2tb seagate green hard drive (I found out after I googled that green hard drives only boot when called upon so if you click a file that is on that hardrive it will start turning otherwise it stays off so it does not get burnt out) then an asus cd drive, I even installed a old laptop hard drive I had and put it after the 2tb drive and it loaded into windows fine.
    quick edit: It is giving me the reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key
    Does this mean my hard drive is dead?
    Last edited by benj23673; October 15th, 2012 at 01:38 AM.

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    There could be mulitple problems it could be the BIOS, Boot up your computer press F2 it located above the number 2 on your keyboard, move to the booting order tab its "normally the second last tab". Change the boot order, instructions will be on the right or above. Save and exit and reboot. Tell us how that goes.

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    I boot to the hard drive and it tells me to reboot or select proper boot device
    here are my results from running the boot info script:




    Boot Info Script 0.61 [1 April 2012]


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

    => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.

    sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: vfat
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /efi/ubuntu/grubx64.efi

    sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab

    sda3: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system:
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed: mount: unknown filesystem type ''

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

    Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/sda1 1 3,907,029,167 3,907,029,167 ee GPT


    GUID Partition Table detected.

    Partition Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors System
    /dev/sda1 34 195,346 195,313 EFI System partition
    /dev/sda2 195,347 3,890,863,315 3,890,667,969 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
    /dev/sda3 3,890,863,316 3,907,029,118 16,165,803 Swap partition (Linux)

    "blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

    Device UUID TYPE LABEL

    /dev/loop0 squashfs
    /dev/sda1 4FC1-EAFD vfat
    /dev/sda2 b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ext4
    /dev/sr0 iso9660 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS amd64

    ================================ Mount points: =================================

    Device Mount_Point Type Options

    /dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)


    =========================== sda2/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 efi_gop
    insmod efi_uga
    insmod video_bochs
    insmod video_cirrus
    }

    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
    set gfxmode=auto
    load_video
    insmod gfxterm
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en_US
    insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${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
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
    clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
    set gfxpayload="${1}"
    if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
    set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
    else
    set vt_handoff=
    fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
    if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
    if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-030500rc3-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-030500rc3-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.5.0-030500rc3-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic
    }
    submenu "Previous Linux versions" {
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-31-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-31-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-31-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-30-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-30-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-30-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-30-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-30-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-30-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-30-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-29-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-29-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-29-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-26-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-26-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-25-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-25-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-25-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-25-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-25-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-25-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-25-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-23-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-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_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
    if keystatus; then
    if keystatus --shift; then
    set timeout=-1
    else
    set timeout=0
    fi
    else
    if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
    set timeout=0
    fi
    fi
    fi
    ### 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 ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    =============================== sda2/etc/fstab: ================================

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' 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/sda2 during installation
    UUID=b0181e4c-9a5d-4199-982c-e00310c0e114 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /boot/efi was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=4FC1-EAFD /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation
    #UUID=cd3665ac-7be1-47b4-b222-e3cd3fe0a291 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 none swap sw 0 0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    =================== sda2: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

    GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

    = boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic 2
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-25-generic 1
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic 2
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic 2
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-30-generic 3
    = boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic 1
    = boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic 2
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic 1
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-25-generic 1
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic 1
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic 2
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-30-generic 1
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic 1
    = boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-030500rc3-generic 2
    = vmlinuz 1
    = vmlinuz.old 1

    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    I think that boot-repair can handle this error.

    Try it.

    Thanks

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    Boot repair from a live cd gave me this error:
    GPT detected. please creat BIOS-Boot partition (>1MB,unformatted filesystem, bios_grub flag). This can be performed via tools such g-parted. then try again alternativly, you can retry after activation the [separate /boot/efi partition:] option.

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    Quote Originally Posted by benj23673 View Post
    alternatively you can retry after activation the [separate /boot/efi partition:] option.
    Boot-Repair --> Advanced options --> GRUB location tab --> tick the "Separate /boot/efi" option --> Apply and try again.

    Also give here the new link location with boot-info.

    Thanks

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    it's not letting me do it because it says I do not have an internet connection?

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    Re: Computer won't boot?

    Boot_Repair will run without Internet for BootInfo report but needs you to be able to download scripts & updates, so it wants a good Internet connection.

    As part of its report it will tell you that boot files are far from start. You have one large / (root) partition. Some system have issue booting with that very large root partition. I normally suggest only 25GB for / and use the rest for /home, data partition(s) or other uses. Just because it is a large drive does not mean you need a large system partition.

    Are you in UEFI/BIOS choosing to boot in UEFI mode as that is how you have it installed?

    Some also have video issues, but that is after grub has loaded. But with only one system installed you will not normally get a grub menu as it just boots. You may be able to hold or hit shift several times from UEFI to get a menu.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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