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I had to re-install Ubuntu from scratch. It has 13.04 (I had a heck of a time getting 13.04 installed) but won't run all the programs I want, so I decided to upgrade to 13.10. Troubles...

Not upgrade, but install. I downloaded the 64 bit version for my desktop. Burned it, and all was ok. I then booted from the dvd. I got the usual bios report of drives and memory, then I got this:

could not open "\EFI\BOOT\fallback.ef1": 14 
error: variable 'root' is not set

I got the poor quality graphic with the two pics at the bottom of a keyboard and something else.

Then I saw the text options for proceeding:

  • Try Ubuntu without installing
  • Install Ubuntu OEM
  • Install
  • Check disks for defects

I chose Install Ubuntu, then I got an error:

error: failure reading sector 0x6c000 from 'fd0'
error: you need to load the kernel first,
press any key to continue...
d to grub or boot?, 

and got dumped into this:

BusyBox v1.20.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.20.0-8.1ubuntu1) built in shell (ash)
Enter help for list of commands

(initramfs) _

If I type exit, I see:

/init line 352: can't open /root/dev/console: no such file
17.372670 Kernel panic - not syncing: attempted to kill init!
17.372670 drm_kms_helper: panic occurred, switching back to text console

which does not appear, frozen, nothing changes

What am I to do?

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closed as off-topic by Eric Carvalho, Seth Aug 26 '14 at 3:15

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Have you tried 32bit? It could be any other problem. So would suggest try my-computer-boots-to-a-black-screen-what-options-do-i-have-to-fix-it – Sneetsher Dec 30 '13 at 11:36

2 Answers 2

Try checking the DVD for errors -- it's possible that you've got a bad burn. If you're moving the DVD from one computer to another, note that optical discs can sometimes be read fine on one machine but not on another, so do the testing on the target computer, if possible.

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I gave up on 13.10, and installed 13.04. Worked just fine. A few days ago I installed 14.04 without any issues, sort of.

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