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After a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit, the boot seems to stop after selecting the ubuntu option (same with the rescue one) in the grub menu.

At first I thought this was related to grub-efi, as I've had similar problems after a Ubuntu 11.04 update which replaced grub-efi with grub-pc and got me stuck on a "elf magic" grub console (

While the 11.04 problem was resolved with a simple chroot and apt-get install from the live cd, that solution doesn't work this time.

The drive with the bootloader is a sata3 ssd with 64 gb gpt (sdb1 20 mb efi boot partition fat16, sdb2 60 gb root ext4 and sdb3 4 gb swap) on a msi e350ia-e45 mainboard with a pair of 2 TB ext4 mbr drives for photos/music/movies.

I've tried a few grub-install/update-grub with boot-directory sdb1 from chroot, but I cant seem to go anywhere.

Even this guide: (ofc I replaced grub2 with grub in the grub-install and efibootmgr commands) doesnt seem to get me anywhere.

Any help or ideas are appeciated ;)

edit: I guess its the combination of gpt/uefi that also seems to haunt f16

edit: same with 12.04 beta btw

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are you able to boot from a Live CD – Ringtail Apr 1 '12 at 17:11
This question appears to be abandoned, if you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, please flag the question explaining that. I am flagging this for closure. Regards, – Ringtail Apr 3 '12 at 19:18
also, this guy posted bout the same routine I've been trying for months now: still doesnt work for me though – Spleen Apr 27 '12 at 17:33
@blueXrider and yeah, live cds work fine – Spleen Apr 27 '12 at 17:46

After another 2 days I finally have a solution.

I switched the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE in my BIOS, which made the system bootable, but I still wasn't happy with that.

So I searched around a bit and figured that the AHCI kernel module wasnt loaded at all, which explains why the live CD and IDE mode worked.

So I added the AHCI module to the initramfs:

gksudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

In the text editor, I just added ahci at the end of the file. Then I saved the file, closed the text editor, and ran:

sudo update-initramfs -u

Now booting works fine. I guess I'll have to redo that every time there's an kernel update, though.

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You will generally not have to redo this every time you upgrade your kernel to a newer version; this fix should be retained across kernel updates. – Eliah Kagan Jun 27 '12 at 8:47
Typically one should use AHCI for better performance (at least with SSD's) though it may mean you need to reinstall after changing it. – Enigma Apr 14 at 19:28

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