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Old 11-09-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix - Boot Problems


I have an Acer Aspire One 150.
I am trying to use/install 9.10 Netbook Remix.
I have downloaded the .iso file and written to a usb flash drive.
When inserted and selecting to boot from usb drive all works.

I get to an ubuntu menu. Here if I select either "try ubuntu..." or "install ubuntu..." The screen goes black with a cursor momentarily and then a pulsing ubuntu logo for about 5 seconds.

Then the screen goes black and nothing happens?
I have tried re-creating the usb flash drive and get the same results.

I am very new to linux, any help is very appreciated!

Thanks.
 
Old 11-09-2009, 03:59 PM   #2
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Have you tried using eeebuntu? http://www.eeebuntu.org/. Granted, I'm on an EeePC 1005ha, however, eeebuntu supports the acer aspire one?
 
Old 11-09-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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I haven't tried eeebuntu. The site doesn't say what versions of the aspire one have worked, but maybe I will give it a try.

I also just tried Ubuntu 9.10, not the netbook remix, and that is giving me the same exact problem. So I am guessing that I may have missed a step? or it is not liking something with my computer. But I am getting to the ubunto install menu. Everything seems to be working until I try to boot up the os.

I have re-tried it multiple times, and recreated the image too. Same result....
 
Old 11-09-2009, 05:43 PM   #4
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How did you put the iso onto usb?
is the usb fat32 or ext2/ext3?
is boot flag set on usb?
 
Old 11-09-2009, 06:18 PM   #5
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1)I put the .iso onto the usb using the usb-creator that came with the ubunto 9.10NBR download.
2)The usb is FAT, I don't see a 32 anywhere? When I format I don't see an option for this either.
3)I have to hit F12 and choose the USB, but after I do this I get to the ubunto menu. This is happening the same with 9.10 and 9.10NBR.
 
Old 11-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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Check the syslinux.cfg on usb and make sure to add this to the append line if it's not there

Code:
cdrom-detect/try-usb=true noprompt noeject
use a text editor, and make sure "show hidden files" is enabled
and delete the backup syslinux.cfg if it makes one after editing
if it says ~syslinux.cfg
EDIT I think it's syslinux.cfg~
thats a backup, move it off usb

are you running persistent or what?
 
Old 11-09-2009, 06:35 PM   #7
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oh
to say it again clearly
your append line on any syslinux.cfg entry should look similar to this

Code:
LABEL live
MENU LABEL ^Start Ubuntu-9.10 Live!
  kernel /casper/vmlinuz
  append  file=/preseed/custom.seed cdrom-detect/try-usb=true noprompt noeject boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
 
Old 11-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #8
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Not running persistent, just XP.

Ok, I'm confused.
When I open the syslinux.cfg file this is all that is there:

include menu.cfg
default vesamenu.c32
prompt 0
timeout 300
gfxboot boot logo
 
Old 11-09-2009, 06:54 PM   #9
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no wonder its not booting...
are there any other .cfg files?
menu.cfg
gfxboot.cfg
?
 
Old 11-09-2009, 07:01 PM   #10
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Yeah, when i search the usb there are other .cfg files.

menu.cfg
gfxboots.cfg
syslinux.cfg
adtext.cfg
po4a.cfg
propmpt.cfg
stdmenu.cfg
syslinux
text
 
Old 11-09-2009, 07:05 PM   #11
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Yeah, ok, its got alot of configs

here, download this syslinux.cfg for my Phalanx-9.04
just replace your syslinux.cfg with this one and see what happens
it should work
wait, just use the whole syslinux/isolinux folders for mine and see if it all works

LINK> syslinux.cfg

LINK> combo isolinux/syslinux folders

it also includes netbootcd and plop bootmanager!

if you use my isolinux/syslinux folders ther should also be a folder named
"casper" and .disk and preseed and maybe others...on your usb yes?

You should try Phalanx-9.04
its not 9.10 yet but its got alot!
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...wnload-767766/
 
Old 11-10-2009, 09:53 AM   #12
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I have phalanx 9.04 up and running. It looks great and is running very very fast compared to XP on my little netbook!

I did have some errors while trying to get it set up. After I downloaded the phalanx1 folder, there were four folders inside. I wrote the .iso file to a usb using usb-creator. when doing this i got an error "cannot create something that already exists". The usb appeared to have everything that was needed, so I tried it and it booted with no problems.

Using the syslinux.cfg files that you suggested above did not work for 9.10.

I am still not sure why 9.10 and 9.10NBR wont work?
I plan on putting some more time into trying to get the 9.10 working.

Thanks for all the help!
 
Old 11-10-2009, 11:32 AM   #13
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A shot in the dark here, but I downloaded the buntu remix last night and setup my usb stick using unetbootin - I got the same lack of result that you got, but I didn't even get as far as the flashing ubuntu logo - it stopped booting at the loading screen just before that.

I checked the download dialog from firefox, and it turns out that the download had hung at 99%.

So I re-downloaded the iso (this time using wget), redid the usb stick, and voila, it works.

So my suggestion is that your iso may be corrupt - perhaps an md5 checksum may validate this.

To be honest, I like the looks of UNR (for other people), but there's no way I'd use anything other than slackware for my own use.

Good luck.

cheers,
 
Old 11-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #14
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Thanks for trying Phalanx-9.04!
Remember that I made it especially to be installed via Unetbootin
usb-creator has some issues, as it uses the isolinux.cfg and doesn't convert it properly to a syslinux.cfg

Unetbootin works cause I trick it a little
you see, syslinux/isolinux looks for its config file (syslinux.cfg/isolinux.cfg)
at boot
1st it looks in /boot/syslinux
if there is no boot folder
it looks for a syslinux folder /syslinux
if thats not there it then looks for a syslinux.cfg in top directory /

Unetbootin only makes its syslinux.cfg in / of the usb
my syslinux.cfg is in /syslinux folder, thus Unetbootin
doesn't change it

so, if you use Unetbootin, which is in Phalanx-9.04, and avail for almost any distro, incl windows
it will work good.

*I'll download a 9.10 and see if I can get it going

NOTE: its not really the best idea to download annd use any distro when it first comes out
note all the threads about issues with 9.10
same result months back when fedora 11 first came out
I always wait at least a month before trying a new version of anything
 
Old 11-11-2009, 09:25 AM   #15
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OK, I tried using Unetbootin and it worked on the first try!
I haven't had time to play around yet, but I am making good progress...
The goal is to create a dual boot system, so I will work on that next.
Thanks for all the help!
 
  


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