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Old 10-27-2007, 08:22 AM   #46
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while iam trying to istall ubuntu 6.10 in my new hp laptop iam getting an error like this.........

Busybox V1.1.3(debian 1:1.1.3-3ubuntu3) buit -in

Enter "Help' for a list of built-in-comands

/bin/sh: can't acess tty: job control tunned off

i tried in google but i couldnt get a solution.......
Old 10-27-2007, 09:44 AM   #47
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i tried in google but i couldnt get a solution.......
There are several (different) solutions in this thread, did you try them?
Old 11-03-2007, 05:49 PM   #48
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I get this error when I have two SATA's and 2 PATA HDD's plugged in.
Just having Two SATAs work fine.
1 SATA and 1 PATA work fine too.
Motherboard: Asus PK5-VM
Core2duo CPU
Ubuntu 7.04

A work around is to press CTRL-ALT-F1 when Ubuntu is booting. For me it only seems to happen when the boot screen is showing, pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 switches to a terminal till Ubuntu is finished booting up and this error doesn't occur.

I think this is a race condition with two cpus or more and having certain PATA drives.

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Old 11-04-2007, 01:19 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by emohsain View Post
I too am a newbie who is having a similar problem with Ubuntu 6.10. I am trying to use linux on a sony pcg-c1xs with 64k memory. I was able to load a version of Mandrake 9.2 but it would say I lack resources and load what look like a desk top but no applications.
Sorry folks. I don't want to diss anyone, but I'm really struggling with this one.

Even the meanest distro in the world has to turn its nose up at 64k!

What I would offer as serious advice to those who are trying to use Linux on older hardware is to work from the bottom up and give some of the lower-overhead distros a try first of all.

Feather Linux and Puppy Linux will work on incredibly low-spec machines. I'm a huge Puppy fan - even though it's not my main distro - and always install it on friends' older boxes if they've got limited hardware.

If you want a more polished desktop it might be worth trying Xubuntu, which is a basic version of ubuntu (using the Xfce desktop instead of Gnome or KDE) that runs in a lot less memory.

By the way, if the 64k mentioned above was a mistake and is really 64Mb I can be pretty certain that Puppy will run.

If you use a text-based installer CD Xubuntu will run in 128Mb.

Give Puppy a try first, though.
Old 11-07-2007, 02:57 AM   #50
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I'm facing th sam problm....Please help me....

My ssm configuation is Intel D 2.8 GHz, 160 GB SATA HDD, 512 MB DDR2 RAM

While installig Ubuntu after loaing t Kernel an screen appears as follows....

Busy Box v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-3ubuntu3) Built in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
(initramfs)[ 35.455613] ata1.00: failed to set xfermode (err_mak=0*4)
[ 70.879270] ata1.0: failed to set xfermode (err_mak=0*40)
[ 106.302912] ata1.0: failed to set xfermode (err_mak=0*40)

How can I solve this problem...Please Help me...hanx in advance...
Old 01-01-2008, 03:16 PM   #51
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Here's what worked for me.

Regarding /bin/sh: Canít access tty; job control turned off

Apparently, there are a bizillion reasons that this error occurs, but in my case, it was because the Ubuntu Live CD couldn't recognize some of the hardware on the machine I was installing to. (I was able to install it successfully on other machines--it was just one troublesome machine).

Here is what worked for me:
  1. When the bootup screen appears, press F6
  2. Type the following: acpi=off irqpoll
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. View the Live CD and install Ubuntu.

You have to make sure that this problem is resolved when Ubuntu boots, too. To do that:
  1. Boot your computer so that GRUB is displayed.
  2. Press the "e" key to go into edit mode.
  3. Press "o" to add a new line to the script.
  4. Type the following: acpi=off irqpoll
  5. Press the Escape key.

In the event that acpi=off doesn't work try replacing the entry above with one of the following:
  • acpi=force irqpoll
  • nacpitimer irqpoll

You may have to revisit the second set of steps when you upgrade ubuntu.

I hope this helps.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:14 AM   #52
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Hello ceton. You are really great!
For the last one month I was facing the same problem. I followed ur steps. Now I got solved my problem. Thank you.
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I have an old Toshiba Portege 3480CT that I've used for a couple of years to run Ubuntu successfully until I tried to install v6.10. Now I get the "sh: can't access tty; jog control turned off" error with some messages I haven't fun into in any of the posts on this list.

The first is "You have an unusual or non-standard CD-ROM drive (expecially on certain laptops, which require you to pass parameters to the kernal at boot time." The second is "Can't mount loop back file system."

Here's my system info:

Old 03-03-2009, 08:52 AM   #54
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/static/ash: Can't access tty: job control turned off. is the message I get!

I am a newbie! However... I got this error trying to run the latest Mepis 8 from a live CD. I vaguely remember having this problem before so I opened the case, took the ide cable out of the DVD Rewriter, and plugged it into another DVD ROM. I have now tried both the 32 and 64 versions. Although there are some error messages as it boots, it gets there, seemingly unscathed!

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:46 PM   #55
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can't access tty: (...) when adding another internal hard drive


I'm really new at this, and hoping someone can help me out with this problem. I get that same error:

target filesystem doesn't have sbin/init.
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.
BusyBox v1.10.2 (Debian 1:1.10.2-2) built-in shell (ash)
/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off

It also says that the system couldn't mount various directories from /root; which i'm assuming they system couldn't find them properly.
I am trying to add a multi-partition SATA hard drive from my old computer as a secondary.

I'm currently running Debian Lenny (5.05).

I'm not sure where to go from here. I've tried most of the options I have read in this post with no luck.
I don't know if it's because it's a windows formated hard drive, or something else.

Thanks in advance. (let me know if there's more info you need to help me solve this problem.)
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I had the exact same issue, but in my case there where some corrupted iNodes which where fixed by running fsck


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