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I am new to Ubuntu and Linux, i hope someone could help me...

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit on my new Samsung Ativ (4 GB memory / Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor / AMD Radeon HD8250 graphic card / 128 G SSD). First time all went well, except of the graphics, I got into low graphics mode, but could fix it with installing fglrx.

After an update something went wrong, I couldn't log in anymore and could only work with a guest account. After trying to fix that, I decieded to reinstall Ubuntu. This won't work, as after installation and rebooting all I see is " All boot options are tried, press F4 for Recovery mode". Pressing F4 wouldn't change anything. If I reinstall, I see that Ubuntu is installed and am asked if I want to reinstall, install alongside 13.10 or erase and install.

After installing, the whole thing repeats, all boot options are tried after rebooting.

pressing 'shift' while booting won't help.

What went wrong?


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marked as duplicate by bain, Alaa Ali, Eliah Kagan, Eric Carvalho, Seth Aug 7 '14 at 18:39

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Its a problem in your ubuntu cd installation. Try to download and burns again then install your ubuntu.

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Not trying to be funny, but you need to take out the flash drive (USB) or CD after installing.

Apart from that, it would be wiser if you made another live USB or disk and tried again.

EDIT: Just putting the solution here as well:

To fully re-install Ubuntu,

  1. Choose Something Else from the installation menu.
  2. Format everything (except the Windows or OS X partitions; they're optional)
  3. Install
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Thanks, but I remove the installation USB, of course. And I already tried to instaal with a different USB... – femmerus Feb 24 '14 at 13:26
When you are asked to install ubuntu again, choose Something Else and format your entire hard drive (If you have a Windows partition, you may skip that). Then install. – prakharsingh95 Feb 25 '14 at 8:51
Thanks. I followed your advise on making another live usb. I tried the xubuntu 13.10 32 bit, everything works now. I still had to solve the low graphics mode by installing fglrx. But I still have the impression that the fglrx situation is not something normal to the system. Is it wiser to use xorg xserver? – femmerus Feb 26 '14 at 10:34
If you are going to extensively use your dedicated GPU, use flgrx. Xorg xserver, however is far more stable. It's really up to you. Personally, I have an Nvidia card, and the nvidia drivers are very poor, so I stick to open source tested alternatives. See – prakharsingh95 Feb 26 '14 at 10:41

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