[SOLVED] Live CD ok, install only boots to command prompt......
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Live CD ok, install only boots to command prompt......
Hello Sorry for the noob question. My daughter really wants Ubuntu installed alongside windows vista on her PC. We tested the live cd and that all worked fine. we then repartitioned the C: drive through the Ubuntu installation process and installed Ubuntu, all ok. When we reboot you get the choices of Ubuntu and windows, when we select Ubuntu it starts to load.
The CD is for 10.04 Desktop LTS, this was given away with pcpro magazine (UK) October 2010
I think that it is having problems with the graphics chips and/or the screen.
When Ubuntu boots the Logo with the chasing dots below appear briefly and then the screen flashes on and off a few times in a manor that suggests something is wrong.
It then proceeds to boot into a text only screen. It requests username and pword, once entered it reaches a command prompt lucy@lucy – desktop:~$
I have tried the recovery mode option at the bootload screen and this results in an error message “ [DRM] KMS not enabled” “vesa (0): no valid modes “ “ Screens found but none have a usable configuration”
I then it the OK button and it moves onto a screen requesting to load once in low graphics mode, (they are other options, e.g. “configure graphics”, but none of the options work). If I select the low graphics option I end up at the same point (username, pword and command prompt)
You can use vi or nano to view the logfile from the command line with the command vi /var/log/Xorg.0.log or nano /var/log/Xorg.0.log.
Vi is extremely powerful but not at all intuitive; I am hardly a vi expert, but I have learned enough to edit a messed up Linux config file. Nano is more like the old DOS editor and probably won't seem as foreign.
vi on ubuntu isn't fully installed. You would have to install vim fully for it to work. I figured that out the hardway. vi, nano are text editors. So if you want to view the files try this
you can also use
You just can't scroll back up. How did you install ubuntu? did you do it through the windows install or did you boot from disk and do it your self. Its best to install ubuntu by booting the cd and choose boot. like list above if the live cd works then you should have and issue. You should be default be using the opensource drive so try the command by damgar. It will tell you the driver it is using.
Also assuming you said 32bit you have the i386 image. If you want full performance out of your processor you should get the amd64 image from ubuntu.com. It will give you full 64bit support with 64 bit apps.
Firstly I would like to thank you all for your replies, it's very encouraging to know that there is such a great support network for Linux.
Unfortunately, I have been working late today and it is now 22:25 in the UK, my daughter now is asleep, so I cannot access her PC. I will follow the advice issued and post up the results tomorrow. Again many thanks for your help.
My only issue is that the disk came from some other place. Dunno if it is exactly a true disto clone or some added stuff.
Also it is the lts server version. Do you need it to be a server?
There are many good choices that may also work. I tend to like mint linux over ubuntu but don't know why but see fedora and opensuse and maybe any of the top 20 or 30 at distrowatch for a similar solution.
This will check the download ISO with the known md5sum that you also get with the ISO. You should do the check for any download that you might perform, even a LiveCD. Plus burn the image. Sometimes you may need to lower the burn rate to get a valid burnt image.