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Old 01-19-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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Elementary OS Luna boots to terminal


My hardware:
Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5333
8gb DDR3 RAM
AMD Quad Core A6-2600M Accelerated Processor
Windows 8.1
AMD Radeon HD 8400

My external hard drive is a Western Digital 320gb from a few years ago, plugged into a USB 3.0 drive, but I don't think the drive is the issue.
My USB drive is a Sandisk Cruzer Micro 8gb, plugged into a normal USB 2.0 drive.

When I tried to install Elementary OS Luna on my external hard drive last night using my laptop, the installation went fine, and then it prompted me to reboot. After rebooting, instead of opening grub and asking me whether I wanted to boot to Windows 8.1 or Elementary OS, it booted straight to Elementary, showing the big E for a minute, and then going to the terminal. The terminal, if I recall correctly, prompted me for my username and password, and then said something like "Welcome to Elementary OS Luna!"
I could type in commands, just like it were the normal terminal, but I couldn't get to the GUI.

Upon googling the issue, I took some suggestions like updating the kernel, and trying to install AMD Catalyst drivers (I don't remember what the errors were, but that didn't work for whatever reason).

After coaxing my computer to ignore Elementary and boot to Windows 8.1 - and uninstalling Elementary OS from the external hard drive as well as unplugging the drive - I booted back into the LiveUSB, this time choosing the option "Try Elementary OS Luna without installing." Again, it brought me straight to the terminal, exactly like it did before (except obviously without prompting me for any username or password).

Thanks for any advice; let me know if there's any more information I need to include.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like nothing more than a bad copy of the .iso. Try re-downloading the .iso and making a new usb.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 06:52 PM   #3
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I just finished making a new LiveUSB with a re-downloaded iso, and it had the same problem. Could it be the USB Drive?

I also think it might be caused by some sort of interference by the weird "secure boot" and UEFI stuff that Windows 8 laptops ship with now.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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Turn off secure boot.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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I've already disabled secure boot, and it doesn't help. If I keep secure boot enabled, it won't even boot from the USB successfully.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:07 PM   #6
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What program did you use to create the live usb?
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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I used UNetBootin. Is there something else that would be better?
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:15 PM   #8
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I prefer Unetbootin. Are you selecting to boot the live system?
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:21 PM   #9
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Sorry, I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. Haha, I'm completely new to this kind of stuff.
Do you mean am I booting from the USB, and selecting "Try Elementary without installing?" I've tried that, and it just goes to terminal.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:30 PM   #10
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There should be an option that says, boot the live system. Another option would be to put it on a cd.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:36 PM   #11
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I don't see that option. These are all the options I have: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4F...it?usp=sharing
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:41 PM   #12
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I'm talking about when you boot your computer from the usb. It should look like this.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:54 PM   #13
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Hm..I never get to that screen. When I boot from the USB, it goes straight to this: http://puu.sh/6r5x6.jpg
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #14
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Ok, well either one works. It sounds like you are not loading the desktop environment. I have no idea how to fix that problem. Hopefully someone will be along shortly to help you.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:58 PM   #15
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Okay, thank you for your help.
 
  


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