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Old 01-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help! Installed ubuntu and it does not work.


Hey I am new to this forum and I have a question about Ubuntu 11.10.

I wanted to try this OS out on my new computer. I downloaded the disk image file from the ubuntu website and created a bootable usb stick per the instructions on their website. This let me try ubuntu out without installing it. It worked great, I tried it out for a while, and I liked it a lot.

So I decided to install ubuntu in dual boot with windows 7. While running ubuntu off the usb drive, I clicked the "install ubuntu" icon on the desktop and installed it. I didn't deviate from the standard installation procedure. The installation program ran ok. When i booted up my computer afterwards, I got the options either using ubuntu or using windows. Windows still works fine, but when I select ubuntu, my machine freezes up after I input my password! Some times it just freezes after I select ubuntu and I never even get to log in.

Should I uninstall ubuntu and try again? How do I even do that? I have never installed a linux OS before and i am baffled as to why I followed the website's instructions precisely using a brand new computer and ubuntu does not work.

If anyone could lend me a helping hand here I would be eternally grateful. Thanks!
 
Old 01-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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maybe there is a problem with Unity, ubuntu defalt GUI. Try Linux Mint instead, it comes with more stable Gnome.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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If you want to uninstall Ubuntu, boot from Ubuntu live cd and access a partitioning utility such as gparted or disk utility. You can delete the Ubuntu partition with the swap, and boot again from the live cd to reinstall.

Here is a useful link: https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...reinstallation

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I tried reinstalling it and it still did not work. How strange. Since this is my first foray into running a linux OS I will look around for something besides ubuntu that i can install and use without these problems.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I tried reinstalling it and it still did not work. How strange. Since this is my first foray into running a linux OS I will look around for something besides ubuntu that i can install and use without these problems.
Ubuntu 11.10 has a ton bugs that were were never fixed for some reason. Install Ubuntu 11.04 instead and if you really, really want to you can upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 through apt. I personally would just keep Ubuntu 11.04 until Ubuntu 12.04 is released in April.

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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Just reinstalling and expecting a different result isn't the smart way to do things because you end up, as you now see, with the same issue. When you boot the machine and you choose Ubuntu try the recovery option and then try low graphics mode. Let us know how you go.

Don't think Mint will be any different either as most Mints are just Ubuntu with some fancy apps and graphics.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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At this point I want to get ubuntu off of my pc before i decide how to proceed. How do use gparted to do this? I am not familiar with this program. Thanks for the advice!
 
Old 01-28-2012, 06:48 PM   #8
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At this point I want to get ubuntu off of my pc before i decide how to proceed. How do use gparted to do this? I am not familiar with this program. Thanks for the advice!
You boot from an Ubuntu live cd and access a partition utility. I believe Ubuntu has three installed by default Gparted, fdisk, and Disk Utility. It will list the partitions and your options. If you feel comfortable using the terminal, fdisk is another way to go.
Fdisk: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/fdisk_partitioning.html
Gparted: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
Disk Utility: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/37659...isk-utilities/

Uninstalling Ubuntu:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nongeek...oting-machine/

I personally would install Ubuntu 11.04 over 11.10 as it's much more stable. I've seen many posts on the Ubuntu forums that describe installation problems with 11.10.

Linux Mint 11 is another great option. It's based on Ubuntu, but it works out of the box. I would stay away from Linux Mint 12 (based on Ubuntu 11.10)
http://linuxmint.com/

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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You will need to find a good way to uninstall ubuntu because if you just decided to delete the partition you wont be able to login in windows. It will have to do with GRUB trying to find the entry for Ubuntu and not finding anything.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 07:02 PM   #10
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You boot from an Ubuntu live cd and access a partition utility. I believe Ubuntu has three installed by default Gparted, fdisk, and Disk Utility. It will list the partitions and your options. If you feel comfortable using the terminal, fdisk is another way to go.
Ok. I can boot from the live cd and access gparted and the like. How do I know which partition to remove? They are not labeled. I'm sure this sounds pretty stupid but it is my first time dealing with ubuntu!
 
Old 01-28-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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You will need to find a good way to uninstall ubuntu because if you just decided to delete the partition you wont be able to login in windows. It will have to do with GRUB trying to find the entry for Ubuntu and not finding anything.
Do you know a good way to uninstall it?
 
Old 01-28-2012, 07:06 PM   #12
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Why you want to uninstall Ubuntu and then decide what to do I don't know. Decide now and save yourself some extra work. If you choose to install another Linux distro you can install it on the same spot as Ubuntu is now and it will format (uninstall) and install the new distro at the same time as well as setup Grub for the new distro.

I don't want to sound like I'm being rude although I am aware it may be taken this way but it seems to me that you're not going to have any success until you start thinking about things and solving problems. You may have a hardware issue, thus the point of getting you to go into recovery mode > low graphics mode. Doing these things will help you to know where the issues you come across are so you don't keep making the same mistakes time and time again.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #13
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Ok. I can boot from the live cd and access gparted and the like. How do I know which partition to remove? They are not labeled. I'm sure this sounds pretty stupid but it is my first time dealing with ubuntu!
Do you want to try to reinstall Ubuntu after removing ? I'm assuming that you only have 3 partitions (Windows, Ubuntu, Linux-Swap).

The Windows partition will be in NTFS format.

The Linux partition will most likely be in ext3/ext4

Finally the swap partition will be very small. If your Ram memory is 2GB, then the swap partition will be around 2GB as well.

Delete the Ubuntu and Swap partition, once you'll do you will not be able to boot to your computer as grub will display an error, you can then boot using the Ubuntu live cd and try to resinstall Ubuntu.

If you don't want to reinstall Ubuntu then follow the tutorial I posted above on how to properly remove Ubuntu using Windows.

Again I would try installing Ubuntu 11.04 as it's much more stable.

WARNING: When playing around with partitions always have a Linux live cd and a Windows Recovery CD on hand.

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #14
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Ok, sweet. I got ubuntu uninstalled and everything repartitioned. Back to square one. Thanks for the advice guys. I guess I will snoop around some more and try out something else. I just want to find a Linux distribution that I like and can easily install. Windows must go eventually. I am sure you will hear from me again when my next OS install fails LOL.

Thanks again,

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Old 01-28-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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Ok, sweet. I got ubuntu uninstalled and everything repartitioned. Back to square one. Thanks for the advice guys. I guess I will snoop around some more and try out something else. I just want to find a Linux distribution that I like and can easily install. Windows must go eventually. I am sure you will hear from me again when my next OS install fails LOL.

Thanks again,

TED9999
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You might try Debian. Essentially it's Ubuntu without the hype, bugs or commercialisation. Download the Live CD, burn it to disk, start from there.
 
  


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