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Old 10-07-2014, 04:05 AM   #1
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New Laptop - Xubuntu won't boot?


Hi all, I've never had this problem before. I bought a new laptop and I put in the 12.04 Xubuntu USB and click "install without trying xubuntu" and everything seems to go ok. When it comes to booting though, it boots as if there's nothing on the computer. Booted into the live usb and it shows there is a hard drive there and it certainly *looks* as if Xubuntu is installed.

I tried using "boot-repair" tool which I found after startpageing and this is what that tool returned: http://paste.ubuntu.com/8512960/

Thanks
 
Old 10-07-2014, 04:16 AM   #2
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Hi,

I think we need more information. What do you mean by:
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it boots as if there's nothing on the computer.
Is there some error message?

Did anything unusual happen during the installation? Do remember grub being installed to the MBR?

Evo2.
 
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:33 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. No there was no error, everything seemed normal. I got to the end of the reboot and it said to reboot. It gives the same 'error' as if there's no partition table on my hard drive, so no error as such. No grub, it just says to select the boot device.

Grub must be installed, it says so in that 'log'/error.

I've installed XUbuntu hundreds of times (I exaggerate for effect) and never had a problem.
 
Old 10-07-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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Hi,

I just looked at what you put in the paste bin, and it seems you have two hard drives and grub is on the mbr of the second disk. It's your bios configured to try to boot from that device?

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Old 10-07-2014, 06:36 AM   #5
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Hi, there's just one hard drive in this computer (possible you're seeing the USB stick as that's created from a live USB) and the computer is configured to boot from it.
 
Old 10-07-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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Your installation is GPT/UEFI so there won't be anything in the MBR, the files to boot are in the FAT32 partition (sda1) and it looks like the correct files are there. Do you have some setting in the BIOS to enable UEFI? I don't use it so can't help with that.
 
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:46 AM   #7
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My bios settings are

Configuration: USB Legacy, Wireless (on or off), SATA Controller working mode (AHCI or Compatible)
Security: Set supervisor password, set hard disk password
Boot: Boot priory order (Listing lots of devices with PCI LAN at the bottom which is what the computer ends up on)
Exit: Save etc.

 
Old 10-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #8
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Here is what your Boot Info Script means: Don't try to install linux to a GPT partitioned drive in MBR mode, install with UEFI mode - or change the partitioning to msdos and install in MBR/msdos mode.
There is no reason at all to have GPT partitioning on a 120GB drive.
There is no reason that I can think of to install Xubuntu 12.04 - since the support for that will end fairly soon. Install 14.04
The easiest solution - boot your live Xubuntu 14.04 usb. Open a terminal and start the gparted program -
sudo gparted
Click on Device > New Partition Table > msdos
Then you can create the partitions you want for Xubuntu, or simply close gparted and install using the default partitioning done by the installer.
 
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #9
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Apologies regarding 12.04/14.04 only *just* realised that it related to the year, so that was my fat fingers mess up, I'm just trying to install the latest LTS.

TxLonghorn, I literally installed Xubuntu by clicking through it, allowing to do it's thing, how it wanted. After it failed to boot, I used boot-repair to get the log that I did.

What I tried was delete all the existing partitions created the msdos partition table. I then told Xubuntu to create 1 partition for / as ext4 and installed Xubuntu. The computer now boots. Can anyone explain to me for my future learning, very briefly what occurred? Clearly Xubuntu isn't plug and play like it always used to be if I have to customise options, but what did the 'default' do?
 
Old 10-07-2014, 03:50 PM   #10
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The problem was that you did not have a msdos partition table on your new laptop. It came with a GPT partition table.
Then when you installed you did not install in UEFI mode which is the recommended way to install to a GPT partitioned disc.
When you changed to a msdos partition table, you were able to install in non-UEFI mode (Legacy mode, or MBR mode). That is the old, standard, tried and true method of installing, avoiding all of the potential problems that a UEFI/GPT installation can present.
 
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:20 PM   #11
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You will most likely need to go into the bios and do the following.

1. Disable Secure boot
2. Enable booting from Legacy images - if your bios supports doing this.
 
  


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