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Old 05-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu 10.04 onto Dell Precision T3600


I have just bought a new Dell Precision T3600 and I'm starting to regret it.
I had a an old PC (running Ubuntu 10.04) which died and my first plan was to transplant the hard drive from the old pc into the new one. However, when I do that, Ubuntu fails to boot, instead I just get the error:
Gave up waiting for root device.
ALERT! /dev/disk/my-uuid/(uuid) does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

My other plan was to create a USB startup disk for Ubuntu. This boots OK but I cannot install it because it cannot see my hard drive.
Both fdisk and gparted can only see the USB stick, neither can see the hard drive at all.

Have I just bought myself a very expensive paper-weight? (I'd rather have a paper-weight than a windows box)
 
Old 05-21-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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ALERT! /dev/disk/my-uuid/(uuid) does not exist. Dropping to a shell!
Ok the reason it's complaining is because the UUID set for your / root partition is different to the UUID listed in /etc/fstab.

Reboot the computer with Ubuntu DVD into Rescue Mode: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-b...x-rescue-mode/

Do an
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fdisk -l
To get a listing of your disks, mount your root drive:http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/mount-d...-ubuntu-linux/

run the command:
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 blkid
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-f...-update-fstab/

On the disk, to get the UUID

edit your etc fstab and replace the UUID.

restart your computer, hopefully you will be in business.
 
Old 05-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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As an FYI Ubuntu 10.04 is past its life cycle. There is anew long term release 12.04. If you wish to keep receiving updates and having the ability to install software using their software center you should consider upgrading.
 
Old 05-22-2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for your responses so far.
However, I have already tried

fdisk -l

whilst booted from live USB and that only shows the USB medium. The real hard drive is not shown.
Installation also fails because it cannot find an HDD to install onto.

I have 2 drives, one which came with the new PC with Windows 7 on it, and one from the old PC with Ubuntu on it.
I do not want to lose any data on the Ubuntu drive, and I know the Ubuntu drive is OK as I have tested in in another machine.

I have tried the following:
1. Boot from Windows 7 drive - OK.
2. Boot from Ubuntu drive - ALERT! /dev/disk/my-uuid/(uuid) does not exist. Dropping to a shell!
3. Boot from Ubuntu USB with Windows 7 drive installed - cannot see hard drive from fdisk or gparted, cannot install
4. Boot from Ubuntu USB with Ubuntu drive installed - cannot see hard drive from fdisk or gparted, cannot install

I think it's something to do with RAID but I know nothing of such things.

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As an FYI Ubuntu 10.04 is past its life cycle. There is anew long term release 12.04. If you wish to keep receiving updates and having the ability to install software using their software center you should consider upgrading.
Unfortunately upgrading would mean changing distro. IMHO Ubuntu 10.04 was the last decent version of Ubuntu. I'd rate Unity somewhere between paper-weight and Windows.
 
Old 05-22-2013, 05:48 AM   #5
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I have just bought a new Dell Precision T3600 and I'm starting to regret it.
New hardware with an older linux OS can cuase problems. 2012/2013 hardware with a 2010 OS is almost bound to cause problems, lots of stuff has changed....

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I think it's something to do with RAID but I know nothing of such things.
More likely to be a UEFI issue than RAID.

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Unfortunately upgrading would mean changing distro. IMHO Ubuntu 10.04 was the last decent version of Ubuntu. I'd rate Unity somewhere between paper-weight and Windows.
You could use xubuntu/lubuntu/kubuntu or linux mint.
 
Old 05-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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I possibly should have edited the above post, but I didnt know if the OP had always seen my response so I'm double posting. Sorry.

If you're setup the drive in your BIOS/UEFI, then its likely to be secure boot has 'locked' the HDD. If I'm right, turning off secure boot should let you see the drive.
 
  


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