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Old 06-13-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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bad installation of 9.1 ubuntu


I have an old computer,Toshiba Satellite m35-S359, with new hard drive,WD Scorpio WD800BEVE. The old drive crashed. A friend suggested I install Ubuntu from a 9.1 Ubuntu install disc. I did and partitioned the drive to be just Ubuntu. The install was only partial 11 packets would not install.

My first thought was to repartition or format the hard drive and start over with a newer version of Ubuntu. I downloaded a tool from WD to format HD to 000. I downloaded the tool to the old computer-no luck installing and using the tool. I copied it to a disc from another computer and tried to install tool on satellite no luck. I downloaded gparted to both the old and new computer no luck on installing gparted. I used the command from a terminal sudo gedit gparted and was only able to read the packets on the install disc not install the packets.

When I tried to install Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit over the current operating system. The current operating system 9.1 fetches all the packets but only does a partial install and gives the message the system maybe unstable.

What is the best way to proceed. Start over with a repartition/reformat and new live disc version of Ubuntu or try to find install tools so the missing packets can be installed?

I am new to Ubuntu and Linux. Any suggestions and help is appreciated.

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Old 06-13-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with Toshiba Satellite m35-S359, the first thing I would do is check the Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility List to see if Ubuntu will run on your "old computer". I know the minimum recommended RAM is 512MB so if you have less than that you will be lucky to get anything working. If you got a message that the installation did not complete(?) there is not much point in trying to save it. Try a reinstall.

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I downloaded a tool from WD to format HD to 000. I downloaded the tool to the old computer-no luck installing and using the tool
What operating system do you have? You said your old drive crashed and you have been unable to install Ubuntu to the new drive?? Did you download GParted iso file and burn it as an image to CD and boot with it??

Not really sure what your situation is. I'd suggest checking the Ubuntu HCL to see if if will run on your hardware.
 
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:36 AM   #3
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If it is a new harddrive and you want to install only ubuntu, just let ubuntu installer to partition your harddrive and install. May be you selected less space for / (root) partition?
 
Old 06-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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I found a number of post from 2005 of people using Ubuntu on M35-S359. Therefore, I think the Satellite M35-S359 is Ubuntu compatible. I was not able to find it in HCL. Below is one such post

Re: Nvidia-glx update and aftermath...Toshiba M35-S359
I have a M35-S359 as well and I don't have these problems you mentioned. I sugest you reinstall the nvidia drivers.

the ram is more than 512MB

Original HD coming with the computer had windows xp pro. The latest HD as far as I know was blank. I installed Ubuntu 9.1 directly onto the new hard drive. The instillation was only partly successful. Once I realized this I downloaded gparted and burned the iso image to a disc on another computer. When I tried to boot on the M35-S359 with the iso disc I was able to open individual files on the disc but the window for gparted did not appear on the screen. Perhaps I am doing something wrong in the disc burning procedure. The current OS on the M35-S359 is a partial install of Ubuntu 9.1

I turned off computer to do other work a couple of hours ago when I turned it on to try a reinstall I have the following message on the start up screen.

GRUB Loading
ERROR: no such Partition
grub rescue>

Thanks Twayblade
 
Old 06-14-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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Once I realized this I downloaded gparted and burned the iso image to a disc on another computer.
Did you burn it as an image?

Doesn't sound as if your installation was successful. The Grub error in your last post indicates that Grub in the mbr is pointing to a partition that doesn't exist. You would need to post your /boot/grub/grub.cfg file and the output of sudo fdisk -l (run in a terminal, lower Case Letter L in the command) to get any actual assistance.
 
Old 06-14-2011, 10:05 AM   #6
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The only page loading on the computer is the initial start up page with this message.

Grub loading
error: no such partition
grub rescue>

At the present time I cannot get to a terminal. Is there command language that will get me from the start up page to the terminal?


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Old 06-15-2011, 04:48 AM   #7
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Do you have Ubuntu LiveCD? Boot from livecd and provide the information asked above.
 
Old 06-15-2011, 05:49 AM   #8
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I tried three different ways to boot from live disc. 1)inserting disc into hard drive at the grub rescue> _ flashing prompt, 2) turning the computer off and turning the computer on with the live disc in the DVD and 3)turning off the computer inserting disc manually and starting computer. The computer does not recognize the disc and gives the same prompt

Grub loading
error: no such partition
grub rescue>_

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Old 06-15-2011, 10:18 AM   #9
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The message in your last post indicates it is trying to boot from the hard drive. Do you have the CD drive set to first boot priority in the BIOS?
 
  


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