I just tried to download and install Ubuntu on my HP Pavilion desktop, I installed it on a separate 72gb partition on my hard drive with the hopes of running it alongside windows xp professional. I used the Ubuntu Windows Installer and now whenever I reboot the machine and choose Ubuntu I get a message saying Kernel Panic, I'm sorry I didn't write down the specifics but I will try to restart, write everything down, and reply with all the pertinent info. Any help will greatly be appreciated.
- M Hello Barry, thank you for your quick response. Let me try to clarify. My computer has a 250GB Hard Drive with 2 partitions, one of the partitions, the D: drive has 72GB of free space on it.I used the following installer, not the live-dvd, to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-ubuntu-with-windows The installer had a drop down menu that allowed me to select the 72 GB partition. Once the installer went through its motions, it indicated that the system would need to be rebooted in order for the installation to be complete. I rebooted it, chose Ubuntu instead of Windows XP and got the following Kernel Panic message... [ 6.005387] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount... then there are about a dozen more lines of text after that, I would try to post a picture of the screen but I don't know how to...
Sorry for the late reply John, I just saw your comments. To answer your question, yes I tried installing Ubuntu on a hard drive that I also have Windows on, the main partition, the C: drive is the one that Windows is actually installed on, and the secondary partition, the D: drive (the 72gb partition) is the one I tried installing Ubuntu on. The D; drive actually had a few random files like music and pictures on it when I tried installing Ubuntu to it. I am now reformatting that drive so that it is completely empty, once it's been formatted I will try to reinstall Ubuntu. I am not sure what Wubi is... is that something I need to run as well? I apologize for being such a noob to all of this. I'm so excited to finally try Ubuntu:)
UPDATE @ John: I tried to upload a screenshot of the KERNEL PANIC message but this message system isn't allowing me to post an image because I haven't earned at least 10 reputation points yet. I'm sorry, I just figured out that yes I did indeed use WUBI in another partition that Windows is not in. Is that my problem? Do I need to reinstall UBUNTU via WUBI in the main partion of my hard drive where Windows actually lives?
@JOHN, do you by chance know if I can just create a bootable usb flash drive to install a fresh copy of ubuntu on to my empty 72GB partition? I want to be able to dual boot.