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Old 01-29-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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After install, reboot dumps me at command prompt with no desktop


I am running Windows 7 on an HP laptop trying to create a dual boot with Ubunta 9.0.4(?). I left 300 gb in unpartioned space when I loaded Windows 7 to load linux in (new hard drive). I then partioned the 300gb thru Windows using Paragon Hard Disk Manager. After installing Ubunta, it dumps me at the command prompt. Graphics problem?
 
Old 01-30-2011, 03:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ

Try to login, and type
Code:
startx
If this works, change the runlevel in
Code:
/etc/inittab
from 3 to 4

Kind regards
 
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Ubuntu dumping you at a command prompt is a typical symptom of a graphic problem. Could be that the kernel module for your graphics card is not working properly, or it could be the Xorg module for your graphics card isn't working properly. At the console,
Code:
lspci | grep VGA
should show us your system's graphics card, and
Code:
lsmod | grep video
should show us which kernel module your graphics card is using.

April, 2009 was so long ago, but I believe editing the kernel line as the system is booting and adding
Code:
 xdriver=vesa
might just get you booted up in graphics mode, although the resolution may not be as high as you'd like.
 
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:01 PM   #4
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I assume above suggestions are best but I want to add in question about reboot. Did you power it down completely and then try again? Every once in a while reboot is not fully resetting some things.


Also consider virtual machines for testing linux on some hosts. Most Windows 7 supported system do well on basic VM's.
 
Old 01-30-2011, 03:20 PM   #5
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The present Ubuntu is 10.10...

Your HP is probably too new for the graphic modules in the version of the kernel in Ubuntu 9.04. Why don't you try to download Unbuntu 10.10 or another new live linux to see if you can boot into a desktop?

That way you should find out if the problem is a module or perhaps something else. What is the exact model of your HP and does the Internet report problems with this machine and a linux installation?

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 01-30-2011 at 03:24 PM.
 
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:25 PM   #6
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Perhaps we can wait for some feedback from the OP.

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help

The upgrade to Ubunta 10 did the trick. Right on!
 
  


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