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    Unable to boot ubuntu 10.04, no init found.

    Hello guys,

    I installed my ubuntu 10.04 on VMWARE in my win7-64bit laptop.

    4 hours ago I slept my ubuntu and win7, taking my laptop to school. However, when they are turned on again, the ubuntu failed to boot up and shows the following message:

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    mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
    Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init.
    No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.


    BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.31ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help for a list of built-in commans.

    (initramfs)
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    I have searched for some topics this morning but their solutions do not work in my case.
    For example, in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1561735
    It says entering "ls" will get something like "vmlinuz" and "initrd", however, the only thing I have is
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    grub> ls
    (hd0) (hd0,6) (hd0,5) (hd0,1) (fd0)
    grub> ls (hd0)
    Device hd0: Partition table
    grub> ls (hd0,6)
    Partition hd0,6: Unknown filesystem
    grub> ls (hd0,5)
    Partition hd0,5: Filesystem type ext2 - Last modification time 2014-08-28 13:43:03 Thursday, UUID 206680fe-8241-........4c
    grub> ls (hd0,1)
    Partition hd0,1: Filesystem type ntfs, UUID 14E....0E
    grub> ls (fd0)
    Device fd0: Filesystem cannot be accessed
    error: mo such disk
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    There is nothing like "vmlinuz" and "initrd".
    In other topics, they usually need to know the main drive, but I do not know where to get the information.

    In the end, if anyone could help me with this problem and get my ubuntu works, it would be really appreciative.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu 10.04, no init found.

    The kernel (vmlinuz) and initrd should be in the boot directory so: ls /boot should show it.

    If you are actually using 10.04, it is an unsupported version. If you hibernate and not do a full shutdown, this might be the problem also. I'm basing that on what I've read in other posts as I don't use hibernation. Simple enough to shut down windows totally and reboot to try.
    Last edited by yancek; August 30th, 2014 at 07:13 PM.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu 10.04, no init found.

    Hi, thanks for your reply.
    As I used ls /boot, it shows:
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    (initramfs) ls
    dev sbin conf lib etc proc var
    root scripts init bin sys tmp
    (initramfs) ls /boot
    ls: /boot: No such file or directory
    (initramfs) ls/boot
    /bin/sh: ls/boot: not found
    (initramfs) ls/root
    /bin/sh: ls/root: not found
    (initramfs) ls /root
    (initramfs) ls
    dev sbin conf lib etc proc var
    root scripts init bin sys tmp
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    It seems nothing happening.
    I used to hibernate my windows very often, but I now know it is not wise to do so on ubuntu.
    Rebooting my windows does not work for this.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu 10.04, no init found.

    I had this same error when trying to bootup an old USB drive containing Ubuntu 10.10 with the intention of installing fresh Ubuntu 14.04.

    The external USB drive was /dev/sdb1.

    I had to apply these commands

    sudo fdisk -l
    sudo fsck.ext4 -f /dev/sdb1

    clicking through all fsck errors with "yes".

    then I rebooted external USB and all was well.

    ...

    [p.s.] I see that your file format is ext2 so you will have to amend the above which works on ext4.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu 10.04, no init found.

    Just to clarify, your Ubuntu install is in virtual software (VMWARE) in your windows 7 partition not on a partition of its own?
    Is there any particular reason why you are using 10.04 as it hasn't been supported for over a year or is that a typo?

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