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    post installation errors

    Hi - Following several months of Ubuntu 14.04 dual booting on a EEE PC 905ha netbook, I have uninstalled XP and installed 14.04 as the only os. It works fine straight 'out of the box' - with the latest updates, for the first 24 hours. I can shutdown and boot up umpteen times on the day of installation, but the following day I'm presented with a variety of error messages. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it around a dozen times with the same result every time. The messages vary - sometimes it has been the 'attempt to write outside hd0' - 'Grub repair' - 'usb_keyboard already installed' was the latest. There have been others but I didn't write them down. I have installed it again today (Sat 7 October) - it's working a treat, but it's an odds on certainty that tomorrow it will refuse to boot up. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could throw some light on this weird behaviour and suggest how I might be able to fix it - Thanks for reading this

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    Re: post installation errors

    Quote Originally Posted by debroos View Post
    I have uninstalled and reinstalled it around a dozen times with the same result every time.
    Then it's time to try something different.

    The 905 is new to me but if it's a smaller model of 1005, with which I am familiar, I would suggest a fresh install of Lubuntu 16.04 or 17.04.

    Ubuntu is a heavy workload for weak hardware.
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    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: post installation errors

    Thanks very much for the reply. I did try Lubuntu 16.04 around half way through the Ubuntu saga, but I had the same problems. I would suspect a hardware failure if it wasn't for the OS working perfectly despite numerous restarts, until after a 6 or 7 hour wait. I wondered if an internal clock had any part to play. (I'm almost totally ignorant of the Linux OS.) If it refuses to boot tomorrow I'll give Lubuntu another go.

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    Re: post installation errors

    Good, please post the results. You could also try Lubuntu 17.04.
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    Re: post installation errors

    Thanks again for your help. The plot thickens. It booted up fine first thing, but when I closed down there was several lines of messages on the black screen for a brief instant, which I was unable to read. On rebooting I had an error message - 'failure reading sector 0x846800 from 'hd0'' - Press any key etc. Pressing a key did nothing. I forced a close and rebooted - four times in all, where I was offered the recovery mode menu. Each time I selected a different option - repair.. can't remember the others - and pages of script scrolled up the screen, amongst which were umpteen errors listed. The third attempt resulted in a '..skipping mounting/since Plymouth is not available' . 'Fsck needed to be started manually' also appeared - which is beyond me. The fourth attempt - it booted up fine, no problems. I've written this on it... Is this reply too long for a quick reply?

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    Re: post installation errors

    It sounds like hard disk errors. Here is a recent thread dealing with the topic; maybe you can find some inspiration here:
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2372907
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    Re: post installation errors

    Thanks - I shall do that if/when it refuses to boot. It's still working fine at the minute. I think this pc has a ssd.

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