Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Whenever I try to install Ubuntu, I get a fatal error that reads:

Executing'grub-install /dev/sda' failed. This is a fatal error.

Its the same as this, but my graphics appear to be running fine.

Also, I'm a complete novice at this and really need simple instructions to understand what I'm doing. I've tried booting from a LiveCD and a USB stick. I don't want to dual boot it because its an old computer that I erased XP and plan on only using Linux on it. When I used a USB stick and set the persistent file storage high, I was able to run it, but only as long as the flash drive was plugged in.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

Please follow this guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing#ChRoot . While you will likely still get an error when you get to the grub-install command, at least you'll be able to see (and post here) the exact error message to determine what is going wrong.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.