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Old 01-29-2009, 06:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy Install hangs at "update-grub"

I am trying to install (k)Ubuntu in a dual boot scenario on my Sony laptop, I have a reasonable amount of experience installing Ubuntu on a variety of machines, but this is the first dual boot.

I have tried Ubuntu 8.10 (from standard desktop install CD) and now Kubuntu 8.10 (from alternate disc to try to text install) but BOTH get all the way to the final stage and then hang with "Running 'update-grub' ... and I finally have to button the machine.

I am trying to install GRUB to /dev/sda3 (ext3) rather than the MBR as I do not want to risk screwing up the XP installation (some of my clients run windows only software). The laptop has a "system rescue" partition as the first on the disk, then the Windows partition, then I created the /dev/sda3 for Ubuntu and in an extended partition, a FAT32 share partition and a Linux sap file. I did a lot of investigation around the net before trying this, backed up by MBR as I managed to trash it while following a set of instructions to install GRUB after the install.

I have to say, this is getting VERY annoying and can only think it is something to do with the rescue partition or some odd Sony hardware issue.

Any insight into why this is happening and a possible fix would be MOST appreciated!
Old 01-29-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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Do you have any other HDDs, particularly USB, connected during the install? If so, that could be the issue:

If that doesn't apply to you, if you choose not to install Grub during the installation, I can help you install Grub afterwards if the installation completes successfully without Grub. Let me know if you're interested.
Old 02-10-2009, 05:43 AM   #3
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Sorry for taking so long to reply, but I have been setting up my new dual boot laptop having sorted out the hanging issue with help from the pointer given by CJS above.

It turned out that the install was getting upset with my Sony memory card reader (don't ever take it out so forgot it was there). Once I took that out Kubuntu installed easily!! However, having played with Kubuntu a bit I decided I preferred Ubuntu, so did a quick re-install. I then decided to set it up to look like a Mac. I haven't got a Mac, never had one and unlikely to ever have one as I like Linux so much, but thought it would be a bit of a laugh and throw people when they see me with a Vaio running Leopard!!

Thanks for your help with such a vexing problem!!


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