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I installed xubuntu instead of normal ubuntu i asked about yesterday, but now i have another problem. I already installed system, but I can't boot it.

After grub and "choose system to boot" window there is a cursor flashing in top-left corner and after that I receive a message:

Gave up waiting for a root device. common problems:
- boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
- check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough?)
- check root= (did the system wait for the right device?)
- missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
ALERT!  /dev/disk/by-uuid/48eac13e-a49f-4c5c-bb25-cb81b900bbbe does not exist.
Dropping to a shell!

BusyBox v1.18.5 (Ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4) built-in shell (sh)
Enter'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs)

And that is all I can do. After booting system in a safe (or recovery? I don't remember the name) I also can see a long list of things performed, but the result is the same. Message as above.

I installed Xubuntu on the same disk with WinXP. LiveCD (or rather LiveUSB) runs normally, even fast.

My computer has Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, Asus P4V8X-X Motherboard, 768 MB RAM, Radeon 9200, 120GB Samsung HDD (not even SATA).

EDIT: I chose option to install New Xubuntu on the place after unsuccessful installation of previous ubu, which is an option "Windows and Ubu side by side" or something. Nothing special.

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based on ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/48eac13e-a49f-4c5c-bb25-cb81b900bbbe does not exist., it looks like GRUB is struggling to find the hard drive partition you specified for the installation.

It's probably a good idea to re-run the installation and double check you're happy with your partition layouts, particularly if you've specified anything non-standard.

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I've tried other versions of ubuntu (Polish remix of ubu 10.04), so it isn't the reason, and I used another partition layout suggested by more familiar friend. And effect is as above. And I don't even know what is uuid made of and how it's calculated. Installer doesn't ask about it or use it in any place of installation. –  qkurdej Jul 22 '12 at 20:54

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