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Old 12-01-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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No Linux distro boots after install


I have tried to install Lubuntu on my new dektop to dual boot but after installing it boots to a blue screen and stays there. I tried the live cd of Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and they all work and boot fine from live cd but after trying numerous installs I cannot get any of them to boot after installing. i have tried many install options, setting up my own partitions for install, letting it install beside windows and set its own partitions even replacing windows and boot directly to any Linux distro and they all do the same thing,reboot to a blank screen of varying colors depending on which distro was installed. My new computer is a Dell with an i7-2600 with 12GB of memory. If anyone would help I would be grateful.
 
Old 12-01-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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i have tried many install options, setting up my own partitions for install, letting it install beside windows and set its own partitions even replacing windows and boot directly to any Linux distro and they all do the same thing,reboot to a blank screen of varying colors depending on which distro was installed.


There is no bootloader installed.

Each time you installed those OS's were you online? I have noticed once recently by installing a Mint 12 (another Ubuntu flavor) offline it was not able to install Grub, I assume that it need to fetch it from the outside, not from the installer.

Try to get online throughout the install procedure.
 
Old 12-01-2011, 12:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply but yes I have been online for each install. I boot into live cd of any of the distributions I have tried and enable the network and than install the software again ensuring that the network is recognized. Because I have used these live cd's before (on my laptop) I know they work. I loaded Linux on my laptop to dual boot with windows 7 and have had no problems but when I replicate the steps on my desktop it won't work. If I press alt F2 I get command line and have been able to download updates no problem but I can't get it to boot into the GUI. The boot loader must be installed if I can use command line ok right?
Again thanks for the help.
 
Old 12-01-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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Just a quick update on my situation.
Grub is installed but can only boot into a command line.
Can download and install updates in command line.
Downloaded and installed Origami to see if it would work, no problem there.
Everything seems to be working accept being able to boot into the gui, any ideas.

Thanks Everyone
 
Old 12-01-2011, 02:38 PM   #5
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Another update:

Just did a complete reinstall of windows 7 and tried to load Ubuntu using Wubi(not my first option) but still the same thing. It wants to load, grub is installed and lets me choose which os I want to boot but than hangs even before it gets to the loading logo with the five dots underneath.
I've tried everything I know (which isn't much, still new to this Linux thing) and still have the same problem.
Help please.
 
Old 12-01-2011, 10:55 PM   #6
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You never made mention of graphics card, which may be your issue.
What graphics card are you using?
 
Old 12-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #7
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Hello EDDY1

The video card I have is a AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB DDR3.
Of all the distro's I have tried, everyone has worked when I boot into LiveCD. It's only after installing is when I get the problem.
If the LiveCD's worked shouldn't my Video card be ok.
Distro's tried:Ubuntu 11.10 (32 and 64 bit)
Ubuntu 11.04
WattOS R4
Lubuntu 11.10
Lubuntu 11.04
Kubuntu 11.10
Thanks again
 
Old 12-02-2011, 11:59 AM   #8
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You can boot to the commandline try the command startx on the commandline
 
Old 12-02-2011, 02:52 PM   #9
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To ronlau9

I have to boot into recovery mode in order to get to a command line.
After login and I type startx it says the following:
Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please consult the X.org Foundation support at http://wiki.X.org for help.
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

ddxSigGiveup: Closing log
xinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connecg to x server: Connection refused.
xinit: server error


What the heck does this mean?
Like I said I'm new to Unix and really don't know anything.

I hope this helps
Again thanks for everyones help.
 
Old 12-02-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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http://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo
For Debian Squeeze and later releases, you will need to install proprietary firmware if you have one of the following Radeon-based cards:

Radeon R100 (7000 – 7500)
Radeon R200 (8500 — 9200, 9250)
Radeon R300 (9500 — 9800, X300 — X600, X1050)
Radeon R400 (X700 — X850)
Radeon R500 (X1300 — X1950)
Radeon R600 (HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 2900)
Radeon RS600
Radeon RS690
Radeon RS780
Radeon RV610
Radeon RV620
Radeon RV630
Radeon RV635
Radeon RV670
Radeon RV710
Radeon RV730
Radeon RV770
http://askubuntu.com/questions/25321...radeon-hd-6450
 
Old 12-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #11
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I don't understand, if the Livecd works why wouldn't the OS work after being installed?
I'm assuming I have to install the driver from the command line prompt, but where do I get the driver and how do I install it in the command line?
Thanks for all the help.
 
Old 12-03-2011, 05:43 PM   #12
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An update on my issues and the way I resolved them.

First off it wasn't the video driver like suggested, yes it needed to be updated but worked fine to begin with.

When I was loading in Ubuntu, like I had done every time before, I would shrink my Windows7 primary partition to make room for Ubuntu.
After shrinking the partition I would then boot into a Live CD of Ubuntu and try first without installing, just like I had done every other time.
Then I would click on the icon on my Ubuntu desktop to install Ubuntu.
Once I was at the install screen I would check the option "Something Else" and this would take me to Ubuntu's advanced partitioning tool.
I would pick the space that I allocated for Ubuntu when I shrunk my partition in Windows 7, and make the following four partitions in the space I allocated;

/boot, the boot partition. This is where programs critical for booting the system will reside.

/, the root directory. The bulk of the programs used for running the system will be installed here.

Swap, unformatted disk space for use as virtual memory.

/home, the partition where your home directory will be located. In the course of using the system, files and folders you create will reside in various folders here.

After making these partitions had been configured I then have to decide where I wanted to install Grub, the boot loader. Originally I was just putting it in the Master Boot Record (MBR), the default, but this time I decided to put it in the boot partition (/dev/sda5 in my system), making note of what version of Grub was installed (Grub 2 in my case).
I than clicked install and let it do its thing.
After install I rebooted the computer which boots back into Windows 7, its at this time I downloaded EasyBCD and added an entry for Ubuntu in the boot menu of Windows 7.
Then exited Windows and rebooted the computer which takes me to the Windows Boot Manager to choose which OS I want to run.
After choosing an OS to run it takes me to the Grub boot manager and I can Pick between different Ubuntu OS's (regular or recovery mode), some memory tests, or Windows.
Than I just choose which one and Ubuntu seems to be working fine (for now).
Yes, after install I had to update some drivers like the video card and such but it seems to be working fine for me.

A huge thanks to everyone who tried to help with this problem and I hope to be able to contribute back to the community but am still new at the Linux think, Thanks again.
 
  


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