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Old 03-20-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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HP Mini Won't Boot Properly


Hello all!

I've recently ran into boot problems with my HP Mini 110. I have been using Ubuntu on this machine for some time now, but I've only recently had problems. Here's the best way I can explain what is going on:

1) I turn on the laptop. The screen is black and shows a flashing underscore in the upper left corner. Ten minutes later it's still there.

2) I power the laptop off and back on. This time I get a Grub screen, and I choose my distro. This time, it hangs on the white Ubuntu logo in the middle of a black screen for about a minute, then lists off information about Loading Modem Manager and specifically freezes on:
Code:
Loading modem-manager: MoToC
3) I power it off and on one more time, get a Grub selection, Select my distro, and I get a new error message that flashes quickly:
Code:
Unable to find a suitable mount point in /proc/mounts.  Is it mounted?
Use --subdomainfs to override.
and it powers on perfectly this time.

This happens EVERY TIME. Here's some information that may help discern the problem:

lspci:
Code:
$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev c0)
uname -r
Code:
2.6.32-020632-generic

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Old 03-21-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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Anybody?
 
Old 03-21-2010, 03:21 AM   #3
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Hi!!

Could you post the contents of your /etc/fstab?

Perhaps Ubuntu is attempting to load a device that does not exist.
 
Old 03-21-2010, 11:14 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply!

Code:
$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' 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    defaults        0       0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=8dcb2689-2be3-4aa5-bc5a-ee596474b8e7 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=1d0301be-97bb-4d6c-9e4a-5a7596008464 none            swap    sw              0       0
And here's my /proc/mounts. It may help.
Code:
$ cat /proc/mounts
rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0
none /sys sysfs rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime 0 0
none /proc proc rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime 0 0
udev /dev tmpfs rw,relatime,mode=755 0 0
/dev/disk/by-uuid/8dcb2689-2be3-4aa5-bc5a-ee596474b8e7 / ext4 rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,barrier=1,data=ordered 0 0
none /sys/kernel/security securityfs rw,relatime 0 0
none /sys/fs/fuse/connections fusectl rw,relatime 0 0
none /sys/kernel/debug debugfs rw,relatime 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,gid=5,mode=620,ptmxmode=000 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime 0 0
none /var/run tmpfs rw,nosuid,relatime,mode=755 0 0
none /var/lock tmpfs rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime 0 0
none /lib/init/rw tmpfs rw,nosuid,relatime,mode=755 0 0
gvfs-fuse-daemon /home/kasha/.gvfs fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=1000,group_id=1000 0 0
binfmt_misc /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc binfmt_misc rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime 0 0

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Old 03-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #5
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What's MOTOC?
Perhaps the system is looking for a modem which doesn't exist.
Post the OP of modprobe -l motoc
Just an idea, but logically I would say it's either this or a corrupted FS.
 
Old 03-21-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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The output is nada...now you can see why I have been having issues solving it....
 
Old 03-21-2010, 11:50 AM   #7
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Hmm...

Post the output as an attachment of either the command 'dmesg', or the log file.
 
Old 03-21-2010, 12:02 PM   #8
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OK. Here ya go.
Attached Files
File Type: txt dmesg.txt (40.2 KB, 1 views)
 
Old 03-21-2010, 12:18 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LazerPhreak View Post
OK. Here ya go.
Was this after a FAILED boot-up?
It'd be ideally useful if you could reboot the laptop and have it fail, then enter in with a LiveCD and glean the log. (Particularly the one with the modem failure.)

A few interesting things; I found this FWIW:-

Driver 'rtc_cmos' needs updating - please use bus_type methods

[ 0.320656] ACPI Error (psargs-0359): [URES] Namespace lookup failure, AE_NOT_FOUND
[ 0.320669] ACPI Error (psparse-0537): Method parse/execution failed [\_PSW] (Node f701f0a8), AE_NOT_FOUND

ACPI and/or that driver may be causing the error...
So far your system looks like it's fairly normal.
/var/log/Xorg.0.log may be useful to us too, albeit I'm not suspecting it's the problem.
 
Old 03-21-2010, 01:15 PM   #10
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Well I solved the modem-manager by removing the modemmanager package. (It is only used for mobile broadband I found out, and I'm too poor to use that). However, the rest of the problems remain. I managed to get a failed boot dmesg for you:
Attached Files
File Type: txt dmesg.txt (38.8 KB, 5 views)
 
Old 03-21-2010, 01:37 PM   #11
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THe kernel reported errors with Hibernation.
[ 5.557928] PM: Starting manual resume from disk
[ 5.557937] PM: Resume from partition 8:5
[ 5.557941] PM: Checking hibernation image.
[ 5.558284] PM: Error -22 checking image file
[ 5.558293] PM: Resume from disk failed.
The kernel is having a lot of fuss over ACPI. You can turn this off by appending the "noacpi" kernel parameter in GRUB.
[ 0.189054] ACPI Error (dswload-0781): [_PSW] Namespace lookup failure, AE_ALREADY_EXISTS
[ 0.189068] ACPI Exception: AE_ALREADY_EXISTS, During name lookup/catalog (20090903/psloop-230)
[ 0.189080] ACPI Error (psparse-0537): Method parse/execution failed [\] (Node c08e50fc), AE_ALREADY_EXISTS
[ 0.189093] ACPI: Marking method \___ as Serialized because of AE_ALREADY_EXISTS error
The kernel reported no device being found here:
[ 11.906442] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
This is for printers. Do you have one? If not, you may remove this module.

Hope this info helps.

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Old 03-21-2010, 01:46 PM   #12
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Actually that explains alot. I had to completely disable hibernation because I was unable to recover from it without completely restarting...I can't even close the screen. I thought this was a karmic bug and was waiting for the next release. Is there a fix for that?

Also, correct me if i'm wrong but if I disable acpi will that negate my ability to hibernate/suspend/etc?

I just like to be sure what I'm doing before I do it.
 
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Actually that explains alot. I had to completely disable hibernation because I was unable to recover from it without completely restarting...I can't even close the screen. I thought this was a karmic bug and was waiting for the next release. Is there a fix for that?

Also, correct me if i'm wrong but if I disable acpi will that negate my ability to hibernate/suspend/etc?

I just like to be sure what I'm doing before I do it.
This is true, and is the reason I chose not to explain it in detail; to allow you to decide whether or not you will want this.

You may also try to use the kernel parameter "acpi_osi=Linux" instead, which will allow to keep this features. This is marginally explained under "Ubuntu karmic 32-bit" on this website:-
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupp...hines/Netbooks

Make sure when you add a kernel parameter to a line GRUB you leave one kernel untouched for backup in the case of misspellings or mishaps.

If you have no printer, you can elect to simply prevent the lp module from loading.

Hopefully this assists you in your decision.
 
Old 03-21-2010, 06:06 PM   #14
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I would have reloaded the OS to see if it is a software or hardware issue. Not sure you know yet.
 
Old 03-22-2010, 12:42 PM   #15
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That actually would of been my first thing to try, but this computer is my fiancee's and I had to play hell to get her to use a computer, let alone Linux. She believes computers are the worst invention ever.
 
  


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