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Old 04-06-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy DELL Latitude D600 - Wont boot after 1st system update after install

Hi Folks

Hope you can help me .

I have installed ubuntu intrepid 8.10 on my dell latitude d600 .

Its not a dual boot , just has swap 512 , / 10gb , /home 50gb .

The install goes fine no problems at all , even the wireless network card installs fine .

The problem occurs after I do the first system update , The update installs fine , the system shuts down , starts back up , hits GRUB and grub takes ages & wont boot at all .

I've reinstalled the system several times but no joy , same result every time .

Any Ideas

Old 04-06-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like the update is moving boot files. You could try re-running grub-install after doing the install to update the bootloader's map of where the kernel and initrd are. Be careful, messing with bootloaders is a quick way to an un-bootable system. Check your /boot/grub/menu.lst file, and check the first boot section. For my install of Ubuntu 8.10, it looks like this: (near the bottom)
title           Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-9-generic
uuid            cef4174e-92f8-484d-a63f-3b0bc9274a9a
kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-9-generic root=UUID=cef4174e-92f8-484d-a63f-3b0bc9274a9a ro quiet splash
initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-9-generic
AFTER running the update, verify that the files listed as kernel and initrd exist. Then, check your root filesystem's UUID:
sudo vol_id --uuid /dev/[ROOT DEVICE]
The hex string you get back should match the uuid string in the menu.lst file. If those things are correct, try running grub-install to reinstall the bootloader.
Old 04-06-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

I will try that after the system finishes the re-install

I think what U said is right ,

I will keep you informed



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