Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I just installed ubuntu using the .exe installer. I tried 3 times before with a cd, but it didn't boot (whatever). When I turn on the laptop, and select ubuntu, I get an error or something (it disappears too fast for me to read it, I just noticed a word "error" in it). Then the screen becomes black and nothing happens. Then I shut down the laptop using the power button. Please help I want to have ubuntu on my laptop WITHOUT uninstalling windows or reformatting.

Edit: I tried reinstalling and I got error again. This time I noticed more things: non-ms, skip error prefix Did HP blocked ubuntu or something?

Some more info: I only ran wubi.exe and changed install size to 20gb and clicked install or whatever the button was. It finished in some time then it wanted to restart the computer. I clicked restart now. And when the computer turned off, it turned back on and I got that error again. So reinstalling didn't help. I think HP blocked it (I have HP Pavilion g7 1303). I'm not sure but I think "non-ms, skip" was a part of that error. (first line)


non-ms; skip
no wubildr
error; prefix

AND CAN I MAKE MY HP PAVILION G7 1303 bootable and how?

share|improve this question
Wubi is pretty unstable and choosing whether to install with or without Wubi is more a matter of preference than anything. However, if Wubi is giving you problems, just try installing using CD and repartioning. – JXPheonix Jul 26 '12 at 11:29
I tried CD, but I it wasn't bootable for some reasons. Maybe I have non bootable cd drive or something – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 11:32
What do you mean "it was not bootable"? Did you just go straight to windows? Bonus question: what computer do you have? – JXPheonix Jul 26 '12 at 11:34
It wasnt bootable: I always get empty black screen when I start the PC (maybe instead of that BIOS stuff) but when the CD was inserted I was waiting for something to happen, and then Windows ran – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 11:44
And I have hp pavilion g7 1303 – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 11:44

I also had a problem with installing Ubuntu. Using a CD - I let the Ubuntu environment run from the CD. Once it was running I used the desktop GUI Install icon. When it got to the partitioning part I asked to partition manually. Make sure that there is an .../sda partition for grub. Also insure that you have an .../sd1 partition of at least 10GB and a .../swap partition of 1GB or more. After completing the partitioning I let the install run to completion. It ejected the CD and I allowed it to restart. At this point Ubuntu became useable.

If the system is already a multiboot system this may not work because the loader is a Windows boot.ini based loader.

share|improve this answer
so I can't have ubuntu on my PC without reformatting? or removing windows? – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 11:20
You don't need to remove Windows. You can have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows. You just need enough space on your hard drive for two operating systems. – Vitalie Ciubotaru Jul 26 '12 at 13:18

See the Wubi megathread at Ubuntu Forums. This will answer your question about what wubildr is as well as helps you on many related troubleshooting. Another good source is the WubiGuide in the Ubuntu Wiki.

share|improve this answer
I readed this stuff before, but I don't understand anything except that I need to use terminal which is in ubuntu which DOESN'T BOOT – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 13:20
@MatejKranjec those were the cases when Ubuntu threw the error, "stalled" for a relatively short time (a minute? how long did you wait it out?), and then continued to boot nevertheless. But to make things easier for you, you could try with a "virtual machine" such as Oracle VM VirtualBox which is available for free: Install VirtualBox, and then install Ubuntu inside a virtual machine. If you later change your mind about re-partitioning, you can still go ahead, boot from the LiveCD, and let it install Ubuntu alongside your Windows. – Izzy Jul 26 '12 at 13:38
I can't boot from CD – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 13:55
That's not necessary for a VirtualBox install. But as your question is about Wubi, that may be a different topic. – Izzy Jul 26 '12 at 14:21
I tried virtualbox but when I try to install ubuntu on virtual machine, it says something like: This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 14:27

You might have interrupted the Ubuntu installation. Try reinstalling it.

share|improve this answer
I didn't interrupt any installation. But I will try reinstalling it – Matej Kranjec Jul 26 '12 at 11:05

Your Answer


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.