Questions about the bootup process in Ubuntu. Use this tag if you have trouble booting Ubuntu or you have questions about the bootup process.

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Cannot boot Windows 7 or boot from any bootable media

I deleted the Ubuntu partition via Windows 7. I rebooted the machine and I it drops to a Grub rescue prompt. I tried to boot from Ubuntu live DVD, USB and Windows 7 Repair CD, but didn't succeed. I ...
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“Loading operating system… boot error” when booting from live CD

I'm having a problem installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a new drive. I was running Windows7 on my SSD but when the drive crashed, I decided to use that as an excuse to make the switch to Ubuntu. I've been ...
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10.04 drops to '(initramfs)' prompt on boot

I'm not sure what to do to solve the problem, I received this error upon boot. mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/f60e3ce2-0237-45bb-bf07-581d0090cbc7 on /root failed: Invalid argument mount: mounting ...
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Why isn't Grub2 using custom resolution?

I hope somebody can help me with this... Running Ubuntu 12.10 GNOME Remix I am trying to get Grub2 to use a resolution of 1600x900... I have checked vbeinfo and hwinfo --framebuffer which both ...
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How to understand Ubuntu UEFI Secure Boot install?

Now that Secure Boot is supported, what special instructions does one have to follow to install Ubuntu on a UEFI Secure Boot enabled PC shipped with Windows 8? As I understand, Ubuntu >= 12.04.2 ...
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creating extended partition

this is my current hard disk status(Running linux Mint LIVE CD) i have- Ubuntu 12.04 on 206 GB partition at dev/sda1. dev/sda2 system reserved. Windows 7 on 90GB partition at dev/sda3 ...
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Xubuntu boot time slowed after upgrade to 12.10

I run xubuntu 12.10 on a HP netbook N455. Before the upgrade a few days ago my xubuntu was responsive at boot after 58 seconds - the desktop showed up a few seconds earlier. Now, after the upgrade to ...
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Unable to open Recovery, at boot, using “SHIFT” key (12.04 LTS)

I have tried rebooting multiple times to try to get to "Recovery" (GRUB 2) by holding down "SHIFT" during boot. I am waiting until BIOS screen completes. I need to reset the admin password because I ...
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Purple screen at startup [closed]

I was originally running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on a Packard Bell. I decided to install Ubuntu 12.10 on my computer, used Wubi, and got to the screen where I could choose the OS. However, when I chose ...
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Boot screen appears to be asking a question but garbled [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ubuntu 12.04 NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 black screen during boot I'm running 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Kernel 3.2.0-32 w/ GNOME 3.4.2 I perused the prior questions/answers ...
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12.10 Booting Into Variations Of Blank Screen

I've been running the Ubuntu 12.10 beta since about a month before the final release with almost no problems. However since the day of release (I'm assuming an update has caused this) I have had ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Boots to purple screen

I know this question has been tackled in a couple different threads but I've tried what I could from those and have not resolved the issue. I have just a basic understanding of this system so feel ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 with kernel 3.5.0-18 failing to boot

I had 12.04 with kernel 3.0.2. Today I have updated my system and got 12.10 with kernel 3.5.0-18. Now when I boot my machine with 3.5 kernel, it starts until the page where I enter my password. Within ...
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12.04 hangs at “checking battery state”

My 12.04 system hangs at "Checking battery state". At this stage, no commands work eg: Ctrl+Alt+f1, or Alt+f5. I ran recovery mode, and ran the following commands: sudo mount -o remount, rw / sudo ...
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I'm at the boot: prompt

I have Ubuntu 10.04 on a bootable flash drive. It appears that the configuration file is not there anymore. I need to know what the commands are to get me back into the system. I am sitting at the ...
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System doesn't boot due to a “[drm: drm_crtc_helper_set_config] * error * ”

I have a problem with the new Ubuntu 12.10. It finished installing correctly, but when I restart my computer an error message appears: [15.854296] [drm: drm_crtc_helper_set_config] * error * failed ...
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How can I disable update checking on boot?

I'm running off of a thumb drive with very average read/write speeds and automatic update checks makes the bootup far less pleasant. Since I manually update via apt there's truly no need to notify me ...
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12.04 to 12.10 upgrade failure

In upgrading 12.04 to 12.10 via system upgrade when the system rebooted all I got was my desk-top without any command icons. Now all my files are locked into 12.10 and no way to retrieve them. I ...
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Can't see boot loader [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my screen blank out for the duration of the Grub boot menu? When I boot my computer I can't see the menu that asks me what OS I want to load. My screen is just ...
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Windows Repairs Itself After Ubuntu Boot

I have a custom built computer in my home which was running Windows 7 primarily. After I installed Ubuntu 12.04 and upgraded to 12.10, Windows 7 has to perform startup repair after every Ubuntu boot ...
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While installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the boot file could not be installed. What do I do? [closed]

I burned a copy of Ubuntu 12.04 onto a CD-R, and while installing it, I came across an error message that said a file could not be installed. I do not remember what it was called, but the system can ...
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Compaq Presario R3000 randomly fails to boot on 11.10, 12.04, 12.10

I’m trying to figure what to do with random failures to boot. My old HP Presario R3000 with AMD Athlon XP-M sometimes boots, sometimes hangs with a blank screen during boot, and sometimes hangs on ...
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Single yellow characters on Mac when Ubuntu is booting

I have burned a Ubuntu disk and am booting from it on my Mac. However, it keeps going to a black screen with a single yellow character on a burgundy background. Usually an S and a weird ñ. When ...
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Display issues when logging in

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my PC alongside Windows 7 option. All seemed to be working fine. I installed Chrome and FileZilla, installed updates which had downloaded during the install, ...
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Booting From USB Problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can’t get USB flash drive to boot I'm trying to boot Ubuntu 10.12 from a usb memory stick in a first time installation, but i keep getting a message preventing me from ...
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How to Install Ubuntu 12.10 on the GPT ?

I have installed Win7 first and I created GPT. Unfortunately, when I try to install Ubuntu 12.10, in the GParted, it just show all my HDD haven't partition. In the Window I still see the C,D,E.... ...
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How to install ubuntu 12.10 with / partition on LVM?

After installing Ubuntu 12.10 I cannot boot my machine anymore. I get the following error. Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems: - Boot args (cat /proc/cmdline) - Check rootdelay= ...
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G5 quad core will not boot from Ubuntu CD

I have a PPC G5 Quad Core with Leopard on one hard drive and I want to install Ubuntu on a second hard drive. The second drive is installed and formatted as a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) drive. I ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 boots slowly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I improve boot speed? I have upgraded ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 but it boots slowly. My config: Intel Core i5 2500, Nvidia GTS450, 8GB 1333Mhz RAM, 1TB HDD (5400rpm), ...
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How to remove dual boot menu?

I used to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 7. I got rid of Windows and also deleted the partition where it was installed. Now, in the dual boot menu Windows 7 is still available, and listed as first ...
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ubuntu 12.04 Boot stuck at splash screen

I tried to change lightdm with gdm but when I set the computer to use gdm and logged out lightdm was used, so I uninstalled gdm, now this is the problem: I shut down my computer and went to sleep, ...
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Booting trouble after upgrade to 12.10 on a Dell XPS 15z

Before the upgrade, booting did not work out of the box, but this site told me to put "acpi=noirq" before "quiet splash" in the commands befre startup, and edit /etc/default/grub too. This worked ...
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Can't boot Windows Xp after intalling Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?) Here's the situation. I installed Ubuntu using the along side option. Everything went ok. When ...
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Is there an alternative to e4rat?

I have tried using e4rat numerous times on two different computers following a couple of different guides, including the one on howtogeek. I have gotten up to the point every time where you add ...
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I need help booting up ubuntu 12.10

I cant seem to load ubuntu 12.10 onto my new system. It uses the ASRock pro4-M motherboard and an Ivybridge Core I3 precessor. With no hard drive initiallly connected the computer wont boot from the ...
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I recently have installed Ubuntu 12.10 onto my computer

yes, the title says it all. but there are problems. when I start the computer, Ubuntu boots properly, and takes me to the log in screen, however, once I've logged in and am taken to my desktop, there ...
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“ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient” during boot [closed]

I have a KINGSTON SV100S264G solid-state drive in my Lenovo ThinkPad. Ubuntu 12.04 was booting just fine until a few days ago, it started to boot very slowly. More like it did not want to boot up ...
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Did the upgrade kill my computer, or is this just a horrible coincidence? [closed]

I have a laptop that I have used for many years, and it has had Ubuntu on it since maybe version 8.04 or so. This morning I upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10. The upgrade process went perfectly smoothly ...
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Error when booting 12.10 after upgrade

Since upgrading to 12.10 from 12.04, I get the following error every time it boots: /scripts/init-premount/devpts: line 21 mountpoint not found It does, however, skip over that and continue to ...
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I cannot boot into Ubuntu 12.10 after upgrade from 12.04.

I'm using Ubuntu alongside Windows 7. The upgrade went fine but after reboot I'm getting grub prompt that says grub> How can I get Ubuntu back without losing Windows 7?
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Ubuntu 12.04 Stuck on booting screen (the one with orange dots) [closed]

I somewhat recently starting running Ubuntu 12.04 on my Macbook Pro 5-5 with minimal problems. The main issue I was having was I couldn't control the screen brightness, which after searching, I ...
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Unable to boot post upgrade to 12.10 from 12.04 on a dual boot PC

I have a dual boot PC with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Last night I upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 and since then I have not been able to boot because the PC goes into grub rescue with the error "File not ...
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Black screen with blinking cursor! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? From my Windows XP SP3 machine, I downloaded the live image file for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I then ...
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How can I fix a Ubuntu upgrade when it was interrupted by a power outage?

I hope someone can point me in the right direction. I was upgrading to Ubuntu 12, then the power died and I fixed the broken packages. The system asked to reboot but now I am unable to boot (hangs ...
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Cannot boot from USB to install 12.10

i am a long time user of Ubuntu and this is the first time a such thing happens to me. I usually upgrade from a version to an other, but this time i wish to do a clean install. I want to totally ...
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Cannot boot into Windows after installing server 9.04

I was installing Ubuntu server 9.04 on my laptop running on Windows 7 x64. I installed it from CD and I'm not very sure about how the partitioning system as shown on the setup. I'm not very sure which ...
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Why doesn't Ubuntu boot?

I downloaded the ubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64.iso. Then I created a bootable USB stick using the guide from here. I booted the USB stick and after the Ubuntu logo and some circles loaded beneath it, ...
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12.10 64-bit install freezes on Asus UX32VD [closed]

I have been struggling to install Ubuntu on my shiny new Asus UX32VD (Zenbook) for a while. There were the usual set of problems with 12.04 (suspend/resume, some keys not working, right mouse pad key ...
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How do I EFI boot Zenbook Prime UX31A from built-in card reader?

How do I EFI boot Zenbook Prime UX31A from built-in card reader? Ubuntu Live 12.10 64bit has been copied onto an a SD card which I'm trying to boot from. When I power on my Zenbook and press ESC for ...
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Initial Purple Boot Screen is text not Image in 12.10

Since the upgrade on the Purple boot screen I am getting a simple text Ubuntu 12.10 over 4 small pulsing dots in 12.04 I was getting an image and not text- does this mean anything is wrong?