I got a new Dell Inspiron 530S. It had Windows Vista pre-installed (in NZ we can't order a Dell with Ubuntu). I tried installing the standard distro but found some hardware issues. Eventually I found the Dell Remastered Ubuntu 7.04 ISO
and installed it.
This resolved all noticeable hardware problems. However, I wanted the kde desktop so I did:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
All worked fine for a while but now, when I start the machine normally I get to the kubuntu logo screen immediately after the GRUB boot loader disappears and then it stalls for a very long time until I get a bunch of messages as follows:
BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-3ubuntu3) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
(initramfs) [ 204.371343] ata2.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x40)
[ 235.301157] ata3.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)
[ 270.720996] ata3.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)
[ 306.140855] ata3.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)
If I reboot and go into the GRUB menu and select:
Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.20-16-generic (recovery mode) the machine starts ok and I can type kdm at the first prompt to get to the normal logon screen.
What is going on and is there a way to fix this?