Hi all, I have always heard good things about Ubuntu and so decided to try it out. I got it to work (sort of) and I really liked it and now I'm stuck without it trying to re-install it.
My problem is fairly long winded and complex so here goes:
1. I first started downloading Ubuntu 13.04 at 5pm (GMT +/-0) yesterday, waited for it to download (I am stuck with a mobile broadband connection and it's slow, like 0.1 MB/s slow...) after about an hr it had finished and I burnt the downloaded ISO to a DVD using Nero. All was well and good
2. I inserted the DVD back into the DVD drive after Nero spat it out and rebooted, went into the boot menu (which happens to be F12 on this machine) and chose the DVD drive (D:\) Ubuntu started to load and I felt an over-whelming sensation of happiness (could this be the end of my long and painful win-doze days)
3. I followed the on-screen instructions and the DVD happily 'whirred' away in the drive as it installed
4. System rebooted and all was well and good until I tried to download and install wine. I couldn't get it to work (after hours) I kept getting error messages despite following the terminal instructions posted at www.winehq.com. I also seemed to have some sort of boot error that would only let me boot into Ubuntu if the DVD with the ISO on it was in the DVD drive - details of that are here: http://paste.ubuntu.com/6161312/
5. Stupidly I thought 'I know what I'll do! I will re-install Ubuntu with a fresh copy and start over thinking I had messed up the system somehow with so many failed install attempts. This is when I started to run into bigger problems. Ubuntu refused to install again and I was stuck with a corrupted mbr. I booted the Ubuntu DVD into 'try it' mode and found a set of mbr repair terminal command line commands. did them, and it worked, my computer rebooted and windows started to load.
6. I thought I would have another attempt at installing Ubuntu so I popped the Ubuntu DVD back into the DVD drive and restarted my system. This time I got to the 3 choices menu; 1. Install INSIDE windows 7 (I'm sure it said alongside the first time around) 2. Replace Windows 7 3. Something else and I chose the first option despite thinking 'hmmm something's not right'; I wasn't ready to wipe all my Windows files and I did try the 3rd option but it wouldn't let me change anything, so I chose the 1st option again and almost straight away the system spat out the DVD, Ubuntu told me to remove the DVD, close the tray and hit enter. So I did.
7. The next thing I know I get a screen that shows the following :
Completing the Ubuntu installation.
For more installation boot options press 'ESC' now...
Busy Box v.1.20.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.20.0-8ubuntu1) built-in shell (ash)
(initramfs) unable to find a medium containing a live file system
(initramfs) _ //Flashing underscore (I have dabbled with C++ years ago so that double forwards slash is a note marker)
8. so basically I was stuck with a prompt that says (initramfs) followed by a flashing underscore
9. whenever i reboot my machine I get the option to install Ubuntu and if I choose that, option steps 5 through 7 happen again. I have tried inserting the DVD after pressing ESC when it says and it loads right back to step 6
10. I have tried downloading a fresh copy of the previous version on the ubuntu website and using that. (I would prefer to have the 12.(something) version anyway because I intend to use ubuntu long-term. (and yes my system is 64 bit and yes I downloaded the 64 bit version BOTH times - I made very sure of this)
11. I'm sure there are no Linux partitions on my HDD because I have been into computer management to check disk usage and there are 4 partitions on there all of which are windows or windows related (1 recovery 2 main partition 3 main partition and 4 sytem reserved)
12. Now I'm totally stuck after 19 hours almost non stop attempting to get this thing to work, but I'm not one to give up so easily as I have seen it sort of work I know it has the potential to work and to quote Nickleback 'What's worth the prize is always worth the fight'
please help me!
- A confused yet determined Ubuntu newbie !