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Old 02-09-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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Booting Lubuntu 14.04 on HP Pavilion


I can't find me so I guess I'll start over again. I need help please. I bought a Lubuntu 14.04 CD from LinuxFreak via Amazon. Windows XP had stopped booting on my old HP Pavilion. I installed the Lubuntu OS several times, on both hard drives, and wiped out everything Windows and all else. But Lubuntu never did boot afterwards. It works fine in trial-CD mode, and seems to install all right, but won't boot up on restart, from the hard drive, or anything else. Thanks. robertvbrand@hotmail.com.
 
Old 02-09-2016, 12:45 PM   #2
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Did you select the option to "Erase Disk and install Lubuntu"? If you use the manual method which should be called Something Else, you will have more control over the install. If you let it use the defaults and install the bootloader to "dev/sda", it should work. Some details on your hardware should help. You could take a look at the page below which has detailed instructions on installing and see if there are steps you missed or did not see. Both are for Ubuntu but Lubuntu uses the same installer so the instructions should be the same. The second link is much more detailed.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...ubuntu-desktop

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/u...all-guide.html
 
Old 02-09-2016, 04:52 PM   #3
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I'd get a trusted cd/dvd/or usb made from official sources. Who knows what is in that disc.

Posting your email will bring you spam.

Some of these ubuntus were made to run in wubi. It isn't a normal install.

We have no idea what you have.

Start by telling us more about your system, ram and cpu.

Then get a good image or usb. Then try the install and see where it goes.
 
Old 02-09-2016, 05:10 PM   #4
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is this what you bought?
http://www.amazon.com/Lubuntu-Linux-...xfreak+lubuntu
do you get a boot menu after installing? did you get any errors during the install about unable to install grub?
 
Old 02-10-2016, 12:25 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by colorpurple21859 View Post
from 40$ down to 14$!
for something that is FREE to start with!!!
you, dear op, have been scammed.

and don't post your email address on the forums.
 
Old 02-10-2016, 10:10 AM   #6
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Purple: that's what I bought. No error messages during install, the screen about grub says all is okay, and the only message is "restart"...after the restart, nothing boots. I have an old HP Pavilion that came with Windows XP, 40 gig hard drive, to which I added a 100 hard drive long ago (no problems using it for years). Can't access for cpu or RAM data, but the Lubuntu disk says all is adequate. I erased everything on both hard drives during one or more of the installs.
 
Old 02-10-2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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go into the bios and change the boot order of the drives and see if that helps.
 
Old 02-10-2016, 11:07 AM   #8
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Did you compare your old hardware to the minimum requirements for Lubuntu?
You could try booting the Lubuntu install medium and going to the site below and getting boot repair. If you run that and select the option to "Create Bootinfo Summary", you can post the output or a link to it here as that will give a lot more details. If xp failed, it might be because you have a hardware problem but that's hard to guess as you haven't provided any info on what "failed" actually means.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
 
Old 02-11-2016, 09:56 AM   #9
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yancek - Windows XP opened fine for several years after the last hardware change. It failed one day on startup with the message "NT-something" is missing or couldn't be found -- since I have no more XP remnants I can't go back and be more specific. The CD disc supposedly checked my requirements and said OK.
 
Old 02-11-2016, 03:16 PM   #10
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:36 PM   #11
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did you ever go into the bios and change the boot order to try and boot from the other hard drive?
 
Old 02-11-2016, 03:50 PM   #12
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It failed one day on startup with the message "NT-something" is missing or couldn't be found -
NTLDR is a required boot file for xp. If you don't have the xp CD, you might be able to get the file somewhere, maybe ask at a windows forum although it is now so outdated and unsupported it would be risk to use online.
 
Old 02-13-2016, 09:38 AM   #13
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Ondoho - I e-mailed the Linux people trying to get a CD, but got no reply...so I had to buy one from Amazon. Can't reach the maker either, and Amazon doesn't reply to my e-mail. HP wanted me to make my own recovery discs, 13 of 'em, but I made only 4 and forgot the rest (It was lots of years ago). The Linux install erased everything of XP. I tried all the options the BIOS offered, but still could not boot up.
 
Old 02-13-2016, 12:10 PM   #14
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robertvbrand, i understand your predicament, but installing any gnu/linux distro (or in fact any operating system) takes a tad more effort than just buying a machine.
first of all, you should understand that you can create your own installation medium by direct-copying (*) the .iso file to a usb stick. and the .iso files for most distros are free by definition.
so, no cd.
and no, e-mailing the people who made it most probably won't help.
and it is all developing fast, so something you burned to cd years ago is probably useless by now.

and when i said "scammed" i didn't mean any illegal activity - you just paid a horrendous price for someone burning a cd for you and putting a nice sticker on it.

(*) this is different from normal copying. usually the dd command is used for that; but sometimes a dedicated iso "burner" is required (e.g. unetbootin).

Last edited by ondoho; 02-14-2016 at 09:07 AM. Reason: forgot to write the footnote
 
Old 02-13-2016, 12:44 PM   #15
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If during the install you got no errors then do as Yancek mentions in post 8 go to the link and run and post the results of the boot repair script from the live cd you bought. That way we maybe able to figure out what is wrong and help you out.

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