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Old 04-14-2017, 12:35 AM   #16
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I dug out an old multiboot machine with Kubuntu 12.04.5 LTS that I use very little in order to try to emulate the OP's predicament. By editing away from the Grub Legacy cmdline the root=/dev/sda15 parameter normally used for booting this installation I was able to be left with the following:
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Busybox v1.18.5 (Ubuntu1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4.1) buil-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs)
So, it looks like what might have happened was that an update or an attempt to update left him with a bad /boot/grub/grub.cfg, which he could work around either by editing the cmdline at runtime or maybe selecting a previous kernel from Grub's menu.
 
Old 04-14-2017, 12:55 AM   #17
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mrmazda, One thing I noticed when reading his initial post, is grub is looking for "ubantu"

What your pointing out, seems to be part of the answer, i'm puzzled as to why grub installed with this error

Come to think of it, rewrite grub with Ubuntu instead of ubantu, may fix the error...

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No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.
Busybox v1.21.1 (Ubantu 1:1.21.0-iubantui) built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
(initramfs)
(initramfs)
Built-in commands:
. : [ alias break cd chdir command continue echo eval exec exit export false getopts hash help let local orinit pwd read readonly unset wait [ [[ ash awk basename blockdev cat chmod chroot chvf egrep env expr false fbset fdflush fgrep find grep gunzip gzip hostname iconfig............etc

(initramfs) ubantu
/bin/sh: ubantu: not found
(initramfs)

HELP

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Old 04-14-2017, 02:07 AM   #18
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mrmazda, One thing I noticed when reading his initial post, is grub is looking for "ubantu"
I have to think that's simply a misspelling from a poster whose native language is something other than English.

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Come to think of it, rewrite grub with Ubuntu instead of ubantu, may fix the error...
If it's a bad /boot/grub/menu.cfg, then rescue media shouldn't even be necessary, only to figure out what needs to be altered on the Grub cmdline at runtime to get a normal boot, and only after fix whatever went wrong before this failure started.
 
Old 04-18-2017, 08:43 AM   #19
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Very sorry friends, have been away from this PC, I will get that information from someone asking me for the linux model
 
Old 04-21-2017, 09:25 PM   #20
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Ondoho, there is no last digit??
 
Old 04-22-2017, 12:51 AM   #21
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i was asking because some 12.04 versions don't have support anymore.

just try again with ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
or maybe Lubuntu 16.04 LTS.
 
Old 04-25-2017, 08:00 PM   #22
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This is probably irrelevant, but the system, I'm guessing, is finding no block device where it expects one (i.e. /dev/sda). There are multiple possibilities here, including a corrupted file, or a hardware failure of some kind. If his disk failed (which could explain the "freeze" he experienced) it would produce this result. So could something as simple as a bad or loose cable. Configurations don't just go bad on their own, something has to change them or change the hardware they are expecting to find. Since he's posted almost no information about whether the hard drive still works or passes a smart check, or much else for that matter, there's not much to be done.
 
Old 04-25-2017, 09:24 PM   #23
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Are there ANY professionals here who knows what commands to enter? Moderator ?
 
Old 04-25-2017, 11:26 PM   #24
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Are there ANY professionals here who knows what commands to enter? Moderator ?
You still have not answered some of the questions we asked in order to help us help you, one of which is "what make and model is that PC"? Does it have both SSD and HD, or only one or the other? Can you take the cover off and check for sound coming from the HD if there is one, and re-seat cables to make sure none have come loose? Can you get it to boot the other installed OS? If it has both SSD and HD, can you get an OS to boot by disconnecting one or the other?

You really haven't given us a lot to go on, but so far it looks like you're going to need to boot something other than whatever is installed inside that PC, either a DVD, a CD, an eSATA HD, a Firewire HD, or a USB device, in order to diagnose further and repair whatever went wrong.
 
Old 04-25-2017, 11:30 PM   #25
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It's an Asus and a HD. I haven't given you much to go on when I told you everything that was on the intrafics screen? Now you haven the 2 answers you asked for, what next?
 
Old 04-26-2017, 12:21 AM   #26
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It's an Asus
Without a model, typing Asus tells us nothing useful.
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and a HD.
Can you hear it running like I asked? Did you re-seat any loose cables?
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I haven't given you much to go on when I told you everything that was on the intrafics screen?
You have only selectively been answering questions. What's an intrafics screen?
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Now you haven the 2 answers you asked for, what next?
Do the things asked - answer all the questions all of us asked, and find something else to boot from, because this is probably not something fixable just typing on what you have.
 
Old 04-26-2017, 12:39 AM   #27
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Are there ANY professionals here who knows what commands to enter? Moderator ?
a LOT of information has been both given and requested!
i took the effort to re-quote some:

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Originally Posted by yancek View Post
Did your Ubuntu ever boot or is this a new install?
If you were able to boot previously, what changes were make just prior to this problem?
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Originally Posted by wpeckham View Post
OK. This raises a LOT of questions!
Obviously you booted into something running busybox and it was NOT happy.
Do you have a USB device connected? If so, what is on that USB device, is it bootable?
What is your primary storage device? What is on that device, and is it bootable?
What had you EXPECTED to happen?
What kind of hardware is this, can you provide some general information at least?
What did it load the last time it booted and started properly?
What exactly did you DO in the session immediately prior to this boot?

(And, just for my own information, what is "ubantu"? Is that related to Ubuntu?)
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So, 'busybox' is a small Linux system. You can read about it here -> https://busybox.net/about.html

It would seem that your system has dropped you into busybox because it could not find a boot file. That's a good sign. It means your hard drive/partition is still working. Your files are probably still in good condition.

Are you COMPLETELY sure that the machine has no USB ports that it can boot from? Most machines built in the last ten years, have at least one USB port that they can boot from.

If you have access to the BIOS, you may need to enable the USB port as a boot device.

Then, you need to obtain a bootable USB drive/key and boot off that USB drive. I know that Ubuntu can boot off a USB drive.

So can Knoppix, Linux Mint and a whole raft of distros.

Now, the Ubuntu site must have some trouble shooting information. All you have lost so far, is the boot file and probably the correct boot parameters.

Which means, basically, your bootloader, Grub or whatever, is toast. The Ubuntu site will have a procedure to re-build your bootloader.

I don't use Ubuntu myself (hate the nasty thing) but I know they even offer commercial support. Which means, in the event you get desperate, you can call them up and wave your credit card at them, and they will fix it.

Here's a Google search to start you off

https://www.google.com/search?q=No+i...MoWAhATPuYeoDQ

Don't panic.
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Right, let's go back a step. No, you can't boot from an empty memory stick but you can boot from one that has a downloaded cdrom image copied onto it. Your installation disc would be a good image to use. A lot of people use SystemRescue.

To make such a boot device you need a computer! If you don't have another machine, go to a friend or to an Internet cafe with your memory stick. Download a suitable image (for example the Ubuntu installation disc) and copy it onto the drive. Actually you should always have such a device available, even when things are going well. You never know when you might need it (as you can now see!)

Once you have a bootable memory stick you are almost home and dry. You stick it in a usb port and boot. Some bioses will boot preferentially from usb if they find anything there; most need you to press a special key to trigger usb booting (if so, the key will be displayed on your initial screen before the bootloader comes up).

If you do boot in this way, you will be in a different system but you can mount your hard drive within this system, find out what has gone wrong and put it right.

The fact that you get into an initramfs shows that GRUB has loaded your kernel successfully. The initramfs is a temporary Linux system on a ramdisk which stock kernels use to load basic drivers before switching to the proper root partition on the hard drive. That's the point at which things are going wrong.
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<cue_the_bad_guy_music>....
Code:
cat /etc/os-release
will tell you (please post it here) what OS release you are on.
It is time to "upgrade", and LTS is the way to go, thanks for asking.

There is no "upgrade" mechanism from an EOL system skipping 2 major releases, sorry.
Backup your stuff much? is /home on it's own partition?
This will save a lot of time/data/crying (yours)

Having an unsupported version of Ubuntu installed is not the end of the world.
"I do not have a CD" means what? No Drive, or no bootable media?
If no Drive. Got USB? How did this OS get on the drive in the first place?
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i was asking because some 12.04 versions don't have support anymore.

just try again with ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
or maybe Lubuntu 16.04 LTS.
some of them are questions, others are advice.
please answer to BOTH in as much detail as possible, i.e. SHOW us what you did, actual commands and their output.
please use code blocks for code here on the forums.

PS:
the info you have provided so far is not (clear) enough to give any sort of (clear) advice.
if you need our help, you have to help us first.
also, we are not a professional help desk. if you demand our help, you WILL achieve the opposite.

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Old 04-26-2017, 12:42 AM   #28
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initramfs was already talked about, you're asking me what it is.

Model: CM1630 and everything is checked and fine I am using this PC in a different OP.

And top is off with the fact that you said "because this is probably not something fixable just typing on what you have." tells me you have no idea what you're talking about. You have no solution
 
Old 04-26-2017, 12:45 AM   #29
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^ the mere fact that it took you only 3 minutes to reply to this tells me that you are not trying at all.

i'm out.
 
Old 04-26-2017, 12:48 AM   #30
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You are a retired and a troll up at 3 AM. And I hope you are out and STAY OUT. My hardware engineering friend just checked it.
 
  


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