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Old 07-08-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Ubuntu won't boot properly! Kinit may be the problem?

I'm having this error message

kinit: name_to_dev_t(/dev/disk/by-uuid/a bunch of numbers)= sda5(8,5)
kinit: trying to resume from /dev/disk/by-uuid...
kinit: No resume image, doing normal boot.

Which from google searches has appeared quite a bit, however they all seem to appear when they turn on their linux computers, mine is a little different.

I have tried this about 4 times now, all with the same effect.

I'm install Ubunutu 8.04 onto an old Dell box I have, 512mb ram, Celeron processor, I certainly believe the box has enough to run ubunutu. So I install Ubuntu from the Live CD, everything goes swimmingly, installation completes, I get the heron screen, I'm even able to connect to the internet. I'm asked to restart the computer, no problem, computer will switch off and turn back on again and let me log in. The problem occurs when I then proceed to turn it off.

As soon as I press the Turn Off button in Ubuntu a black screen appears followed by

Starting Up...

Loading, Please Wait...

kinit (Message as printed above)

Linuxbox tty1

(Linuxbox being the name of the computer)

This will sometimes flash by or stay on for about 10-15 seconds, then appears the Netork Manager messages which I have been led to believe are normal and the computer switches itself on.

From this point onwards ubunutu will no longer boot.

When i turn on my computer I get

[Black screen with]
Stage 1.5 stuff
GRUB loading please wait

[new black screen with]
Starting up.. please wait

That disappears and it sounds like it's loading, I get the loading circle thing of Ubuntu and then my monitor seems to make the sound it makes when turning off and nothing will ever appear. I have tried on a second monitor and still nothing appeared on that either.

So that is my problem, I am fully baffled, I am very much a newbie just getting into playing around however I've tried this process with 2 different Live CD's, different RAM, different HDDs, different monitors all to no avail.

Having just done the process I hear the processor fan kick off every now and then, it sounds like it is running but there is nothing but a black screen.

There may be an easy answer to all this but I certainly don't know it, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks

Steve Cordon
Old 07-11-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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this might not be the perfect soln but if you have time. can u try "gutsy"-the previous release. May be the hardware is a bit strange !

after login type in a terminal:

gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

and scroll down the file until you see something like

This will be next to "automagic" kernels list...

remove the word splash.

save and reboot. the machine. now the splash will not appear and you will know what process goes crazy... and then you can google it...
Old 08-10-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Just incase anybody comes across this through searching with the same problem I have now solved it.

It was the video card. I was given the computer I'm using to run Linux and so I never knew how it used to perform. After being bored of trying to run Linux I just thought I'd chuck XP on and see what happens, when it installed the colours were awful and the options said I could only choose a 4-bit colour setting. So I chucked in a video card I happened to have lying around and now Ubuntu works perfectly!



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