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Old 03-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Ubuntu12.10 and Mint13 - cannot install on SSD


Hello,
I am totally new to the Linux OS. I build a basic PC with 4GB RAM and 32GB SSD. It has no CD drive. I originally install Ubuntu13.4 on bootable USB. It went through install process, looks ok, asked me a few questions about location, keyboard etc. I went away for a moment then when I got back it just left me in a command line interface. I was free to type but nothing seemed to work, this would happen on each reboot also.

I decided to try installing this ISO onto a virtual machine with hyper-v. Works fine. I get my desktop and can open applications.

I then tried to install Ubuntu12.10 but it does not boot from my USB anymore. Same to Mint13. Then I started getting the error:
Kernel panic during boot: "run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory"

So I reformatted the SSD with a USB encloser through Windows. Put it on Fat32. Tried again with Ubuntu12.10. Now I am stuck with the error:
error: unknown filesystem
grub rescue >

I am a total newbie with Linux but I am good with IT so if anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks.
 
Old 03-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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Since you have no CD drive, how did you install Ubuntu 13.4 to the bootable USB (is this a flash drive or an external USB HD?). Did you boot from an iso file? use something like unetbootin or pendrivelinux to install from a flash drive? What other operating system do you have on the computer? What did you select for Device for bootloader? master boot record? partition?
 
Old 03-22-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!

Some info about SSD is recommended prior to install GNU/Linux on them, here some links:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...tion_Alignment
http://chriseiffel.com/everything-li...-ssd-on-linux/
http://cptl.org/wp/index.php/2010/03...ives-in-linux/

Plus do not forget that 'TRIM' is now supported in new kernels.

You might need to reinstall the USB device to be able to install the system into the SSD.

Regards
 
Old 03-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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What hardware did you build your machine with? perhaps you can include here the type of Video Card you used. Did you go with NVIDIA or ATI.
Sometimes for newer hardware the OS still doesn't include the driver and you need to installed after you are done installing the OS.
Also I seem cases here on the forums that you have to select a different mode at booting time for the graphical interface to display.

Ubuntu 13.04 is not officialy released yet but if you installed once you could installed again then install all the upgrade available for it, if you still have no graphical interface find instructions on how to install your video driver from the command line. you could use another computer to navigate the web on a graphical interface to do the search.

Remember to reboot your system or log out and log back in each time you make changes to your system for these changes to take effect.

Good luck to you
 
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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Hello,
Thank you all for your great advise and questions to help me resolve my issues. A little more info below:
- I used Pendrivelinux to create a bootable USB drive with an ISO file
- There is no other OS on the system
- Assuming it is the master partition as there is only one
- I am using a 64GB flash drive to boot my ISO file
- Hardware: ZBOX SD-ID13-U, Intel DualCore 1.8GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB 6/0 SSD, Intel NM10 Express, Intel 3150 graphics controller

I reformatted again using Windows Disk Management. I have a feeling the formatting is not working as after 15mins of that process once I put the drive back in the PC I am still prompted with that <grub rescue> error, which I believe is proprietary to Linux? I am also contacting the SDD manufacturer for formatting instructions.
 
Old 03-23-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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Instead of using a windows system to format the SSD let the Linux install do it.

Regards
 
Old 03-23-2013, 11:33 AM   #7
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My problem is that as soon as I turn on the machine it brings the error:
error: unknown filesystem
grub rescue >

I must have reformatted it wrong. Is there a key sequence that can take me to another screen to do what you suggest?
 
Old 03-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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Quote:
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...I used Pendrivelinux to create a bootable USB drive with an ISO file
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Are you using this to boot the machine?

Regards
 
Old 03-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #9
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No I cannot even boot with just my SSD. Also if I put in my bootable USB it does not boot to it.
 
Old 03-23-2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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No I cannot even boot with just my SSD. Also if I put in my bootable USB it does not boot to it.
You probably need to change the boot order in the BIOS to get the machine to boot with the USB drive.

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