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Old 09-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
joreg_
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Problem: Ubuntu 10.4 / Dell V13


Hi
I adquired a Dell V13 (Intel Core 2 1197MHz Memory 2009M 2646MBs Chiset Intel PM/6M45/47) withe a Ubuntu Linux 9-04 pre-installed. I upgraded first to 9.1 and then to 10.4, according to upgrade notes documented on the ubuntu.com. Ubuntu 10.4 freeze on the log on screen.

Could you please help me?

BR
Jorge
 
Old 09-27-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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OK--I'm thinking that you can't even type your username by looking over your description, in which case, these two pointers might help you:

1.) See if you can boot into the shell or recovery mode (safe mode) from grub. You can hold down Shift as the computer starts to bring up the grub menu if you need to. If in recovery mode, try to make it to failsafe on the login and remove gdm. Install lxdm, but make sure that lxde packages other than lxsession are unchecked. I'm assuming you are using gnome.

2.) Can you boot from live media (either a writable CD/DVD or flash drive)? If so, I'd seriously recommend backing up your home folder to a separate partition or to a different disk, and then completely re-install ubuntu 10.04.

To write it to USB or CD, download the CD image. Once downloaded, you can either: a) Burn it to a CD or b) Download unetbootin, (install Wine if in Linux) and then select the flash drive and ISO that needs to be written.

This is the quickest way to fix your upgrade issue--but, then again, these are just ideas.

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If you *can* type your username and password, then you can simply at the part where it asks for the password, change the environment options from Failsafe to gnome, or another window manager/desktop environment if installed and enabled on your system.

Thanks for reading and I hope this all helps.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thanks

Hi
You are correct, i even cant type my user name...
I tried to access with safemode, but it appears some problems on the terminal screen.

I will install Ubuntu 10.4 directly from USB or CD, i have already save the ISO file. I will let you know if i have any problem.

I am really satisfay with Ubuntu 10.4, i hope i can install it on my V13 laptop.

Many thanks
Jorge
 
Old 09-29-2010, 11:24 AM   #4
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I did download the Ubuntu into USB drive, but how can i make the laptop read it during start up?

Do you think my Dell V13 can run satisfactory the Ubuntu 10.4?

BR
Jorge
 
Old 09-29-2010, 03:09 PM   #5
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OK--when you mean 'download to the USB drive', please understand that the .iso does not simply get placed on the drive. If you have a spare, working computer running either Linux or Windows(r), please format it and use either UNetbootin or the Startup Disk Creator. I'll walk you through both scenarios just in case. However, if you already know this, then you can skip to part B.

PART A

Let's cover Linux first.

(i)- This first section is not required, but highly recommended to make sure that you're starting on a clean slate.

- Section 1: Format

1) In Ubuntu, plug in your flash drive.
2) If it appears on the desktop, right-click it and tell it to 'Unmount'.
3) Press Alt+F2 and type gksu gnome-terminal, and press enter. Then, type fdisk -l.
Remember your disk size and type, such as '/dev/sdb' and '14.9 GB'.
4) Now, with that info in mind, type gparted.
5) In the top right-hand corner of the window, you will see /dev/hda, or your hard disk's
disk assignment. Click that; then click your flash drive's assignment that you saw a
few seconds ago.
6) Go ahead and select your flash drive's partition in the list, and hit Del on your
keyboard.
7) In the toolbar, click Apply.
8) In the Device menu, click New Partition Map. You'll be asked to accept it, and if it
reads in the dialog that it will be ms-dos (default), then accept.
9) Finally, highlight the entry in the drive list, and click the Partition menu.
10) Click New, then give your flash drive a label if you wish, while selecting the fat32
filesystem rather than the default ext* file system.
11) Close gparted and the shell window.

- Section 2: Copy disc image to drive

1) If you are using gnome, you will see three menus at the top of your screen, reading Applications, Places, and System. Click System, then pause on Administration. Find Startup Disk Creator or a similar entry.
2) Click it.
3) Follow the instructions to make your USB drive bootable. (In other words, select the drive and find the .iso you downloaded, and tell it to make the startup disc.

If you are more familiar with unetbootin, it runs on Linux, too--but it may not work on Linux as well and is not recommended. However, I've run it on Linux, and unetbootin somewhat works--you have to select E:\ or your flash drive as think it'd appear--which is a little dangerous.

Now, let's cover what to do on Windows(r)--this'll actually be easier.

1) Go to Computer or My Computer (depending on whether you are running XP or a later version of Windows(r).
2) Find your flash drive, right-click it, and select Format. You may or may not need to pass UAC to do this on Vista(tm), depending on your settings.
3) Select Quick Format ;D to speed things up.
4) When finished, go ahead and open unetbootin.
- If you don't have unetbootin, go to unetbootin.sourceforge.net and download it.
5) Open unetbootin, where it *will* automatically pick up the drive in Windows(r).
6) Find your .iso image, and select the option to make a bootable flash drive. Click OK and let unetbootin do the work. If it asks to reboot, please do so. This falls in with PART B.

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PART B

- Reboot or power on your computer, and press Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot. Go to BIOS setup by pressing the appropiate key. On most PCs this is F1, F2, Esc, or Del. Make sure that your boot order is set to Removable Media or USB devices first, with the hard drive, and networking underneath. Also, make sure that all options for USB support on your system are enabled, if applicable. When you're finished, please exit your BIOS with saving your settings to reboot the computer and apply your new settings.

- If you are given an option for a boot menu by pressing F10, F12, or any other key, press that. If nothing like 'Removable Media', 'USB HDD' or anything like that appears, then you need to go back into BIOS to ensure it is enabled, or simply put, like I've seen on some machines, USB support is not supported and you'll have to burn a CD. If this is the case, I can certainly help you out with that as well.

When you *do* get things booted, you need to open a terminal by pressing Alt+F2 gnome-terminal. Type sudo -s and press enter. Then, type fdisk -l, (like you did with the flash drive and press enter.) Now, do you see any drives that are ext2, or higher and match your hard drive's size? If so, type this command to the system--this assumes your drive is hda1--please replace it with what is applicable to you: mkdir /mnt/hda1 && mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1. Press enter, then type (without quotes, exactly)--this assumes your username is andrew "nautilus /mnt/hda1/home/andrew &". Press enter again. I hope your home folder wasn't encrypted, or this will not work.

Do you see your home folder from your old install? If so, congratulations! You did it--and now, you can pop in another flash drive, a card, or an external disk, and back your home folder up. Close the terminal window, after you close the nautilus window.

Then, you can either: a) Go to your desktop and double-click Install Ubuntu or b) Press Alt+F2, type ubiquity, and press enter (my favorite method). Now you're ready to install.

Sorry it took so long to reply--it took a while to write all this and to make sure it was accurate.

Good luck with booting and getting stuff working.
 
Old 09-30-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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Hi
I just finished the installation process, it was easy and my laptop looks "excellent" with latest Ubuntu.

I am really satisfied with this system.
I just need to buy additional RAM in order to make it fast when i have several programs running. Meanwhile my computer is faster as any other.

Many thanks for your follow up and detail support.
BR
Jorge
 
  


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