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Old 02-02-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Problems installing Ubuntu 12 10


I am trying to install Ubuntu 12 10 from an official Linux DVD I bought as I thought this was the safest way. My PC is an AMD Phenom II, 4 core 3gb with 4gig of RAM.
I wanted to replace the Windows 7, 64bit OS on my OCZ Vertex 60 gig SSD and all seemed to go well with the install. However, it just fails to boot. I get to the end of the BIOS screen (the hardware monitoring section) and there's just a flashing cursor that doesn't respond to the keyboard. I reinstalled with the same result.
I have heard of problems with SSD's so I tried installing on the computer's conventional HD (WDC 100 gig) with exactly the same result.
I thought I might use Windows to sort out the problem but it no longer recognises either of my HDs.
When I run Ubuntu from the DVD and look at the HDs they seem fine but I just don't know how to make them bootable.
Any thought or suggestions would be much appreciated as I don't know what I'm doing with Linux and I now seem to have killed my PC
Thanks
 
Old 02-02-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hi, I just had a similar problem, I installed Ubuntu in a desktop with two hard drives, for some reason the computer was set to boot from the secondary hard drive and the OS was installed in the primary hard drive, I try to boot several times and I only got a black screen with a blinking cursor. I was ready to crack the computer open with a baseball bat out of anger when I thought, what would happen if I switch the device boot order in bios. Then sure that fixed the problem.
Booting just fine now.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply

Hi TroN-74. I'ts good to know that someone else has had a similar problem. When I had the first boot failure I did switch the boot priority in BIOS with no luck. Only then did I try installing ubuntu on the other HD. I have switched the boot priority a couple of times since then with no success. I can only think that my WDC HD is the problem as its very old and is an IDE drive with an internal IDE to SATA converter. If, as you say, ubuntu can confuse drives easily this could account for the problem. I still don't see why there should have a problem with my SSD as it's a straight forward SATA 2 drive. I will see if I can get hold of a cheap, working HD to sort things out. I'm quite close to the baseball bat solution (except for me it will be a cricket bat). Thanks again for the response.
 
Old 02-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #4
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But also if you boot from the install DVD or CD what ever you are using you can bring up a terminal and type
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
the "-l" is a lower (L) not at number one. That command will show you your partitions and your hard drives look for the one that has an asterisk (*) and has the flag to boot
In my case /dev/sda1 had all the partition with the OS installed and /dev/sdb1 had the boot partition
/dev/sda1 being the first hard drive and /dev/sdb1 being the second hard drive. I did the changes in BIOS and everything went well after that.
 
Old 02-03-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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Hi Thanks again for the help. I've tried to do as you suggest but I can't get terminal to load from the dvd (I take it that it is "root terminal" I should be using and that this is similar to "command prompt" in Windows). It just spends ages trying and then the screen corrupts. I think this must be to do with the standard video drivers they have to use for the dvd. I also tried to find "format disk" in Ubuntu (with no success) in the hope of starting again from scratch and, if the worst comes to it, to reinstall Windows. I am going to try physically removing the conventional HD and see if Ubuntu will install.
 
Old 02-03-2013, 10:21 AM   #6
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Yes terminal is similar to command prompt in Windows.
To open it up you just click on the the first icon of the icon ribbon in Ubuntus left side of the screen, the first icon is the one with the Ubuntu's logo on it. Then a search fiels will appear type there terminal and an icon that looks like an old monitor will appear click on it and that will launch the terminal.

To bring the tool that will let you format the entired disk open up that search field again and type Gparted then the icon will appear you can click on it and edit or reformat your partitions using that tool.

Good luck to you
 
  


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