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Old 09-01-2009, 07:06 AM   #1
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Question Linux hangs at flashing cursor in GRUB


Hi, I'm new here, I've used Linux before and am setting it up for the first time on my new computer, but I am still, for all practical purposes, a "n00b." So when I install Kubuntu(though I've tried multiple variants and all have the same issue: on my second hard drive for a dual boot configuration, Windows boots just fine, but, Linux just hangs with a "_" cursor on the top-left corner of the screen when I try booting it up, and I cannot input any commands. I can post system specs as they are necessary, but everything on my system is working just fine, except for Linux. Please help, I really want to be able to have Linux again, but for now it is just dead weight. I have a Dell Optiplex motherboard, and I even tried updating the BIOS, but even that didn't do anything to help.
I tried posting on the ubuntu forums and no one would help, so please?

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Old 09-01-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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Are you using GRUB? So when exactly does it hang? After you select Ubuntu in the GRUB menu?

Try posting your GRUB entry for Ubuntu. At the menu, select Ubuntu & press 'e'. You'll see a few lines. Can you post those?
 
Old 09-01-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Are you using GRUB? So when exactly does it hang? After you select Ubuntu in the GRUB menu?

Try posting your GRUB entry for Ubuntu. At the menu, select Ubuntu & press 'e'. You'll see a few lines. Can you post those?
I am indeed using GRUB, and yes, it hangs right after I select Ubuntu, the same thing happens when I try Recovery or Memtest too.
I'm not at home right now, but I will be there soon, and I'll post the GRUB entry as soon as I get there. Thanks for the response!
 
Old 09-01-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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Where did you install grub to?
 
Old 09-01-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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I'm not sure where it is installed to, I chose all default options, I just know it is the master bootloader. The Grub entry for Kubuntu says:"
uuid bd7071b1-a89f-4df1-88c0-a557e77b7b7939
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=b7071b1-a89f-4df1->
initrd boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet"

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:50 PM   #6
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I also tried installing it to multiple hard drives, to see if there was something wrong with the drive itself, and the same thing happened. This has been bothering me for days, and I REALLY want to use Linux again, so please, I need help.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 12:29 AM   #7
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Let's have a look at your /etc/fstab and grub.conf or menu.lst files.
 
Old 09-02-2009, 08:39 AM   #8
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Everything seems to look fine in there, but somehow you cannot boot it? Might be hardware/BIOS/ACPI issue.

Try adding these options to the back of the kernel line:
Code:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=bd7071b1-a89f-4df1-88c0-a557e77b7b7939 noapic nolapic
 
  


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