Hi, I bought a refurbished computer from FreeGeeks with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS installed. It is about 6 years old now, with an ASUS P4P800SE motherboard (dual Intel P4), 1 GB memory, and an 80 GB Maxtor hard drive (6L080L0).
I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04 on November 10.
The installation messages were:
Error loading Nautilus config info - Replaced customied /etc/login.defs - Replaced customized /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf - 189 packages removed - WARNING: Failed to read mirror file
When I rebooted, the usual ASUS screen appeared, then "Loading GRUB" then "Starting Up..." then "Starting Up..." (again) then a blank screen (the moniter went dormant).
I rebooted, started GRUB and selected: kernel 2.6.32-35 generic. I got the same results.
I rebooted, started GRUB and selected: kernel 2.6.24-29 generic.
Here's what was displayed:
mount.mounting none on /dev failed: No such divice
udevd : error getting socket:
error getting socket: Invalid argument
**Gave up waiting for root device**
- Boot args (cat/proc/cmdline)
- Check root delay
- check root
- Missing modules (cat/pro/modules
does not exist.** Dropping to a shell.
Then Busybox v1.13.3 started with the following prompt (?)
But the keyboard was locked up.
It appears the hard drive cannot be found. Any suggestion on how to remedy this?
1.If the "root" (hdo,o)" boot command is failing, then can I alter it to have a successful boot?
2.Why did I get the message: "/dev/disk/by_vvid/c59c6361-2363-etc does not exist"? Do I need to respecify the hard drive's ID number somewhere? Where can I find this ID number?
3.Are there GRUB command's I can use to answer and fix the problem?
The Ubuntu forum suggested doing a clean install. I do NOT want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and wipe out my personal data (and all the software and settings I've set up over the past 18 months).
I've tried various boot options:
acpi=off, noapic, nolapic, edd=on,
The results were the same, though sometimes slower.
Most recently I tried to run Ubuntu 10.04 directly from a "live" CD. The CD drive was active for 5 or 10 minutes, but nothing happened - the screen was blank, even after pressing keyboard keys, and even after waiting 10 minutes.
I did a memory test (from GRUB) and everything passed.
I'm out of ideas, and my computer has been inoperable for 2 weeks. Help!