Solved Computer won't boot from external media

July 11, 2015 at 08:01:26
Specs: Xubuntu Linux 14.04 , Celeron D 3.3 gh/1 gb RAM
My computer fails to boot from bootable media (DVDs, USB Flash drives). Both of these media have Xubuntu Linux on them and other computers are able to boot from them and run the LIVE OS. My computer will boot and load a menu screen that is on the media, but hangs during the process of loading the LIVE OS. The screen turns black and a red square hovers in the upper part of the screen. The computer boots fine from its hard drive, but I would like to re-install my OS and am unable to do so. At first I suspected my IDE DVD drive, so I replaced it with a SATA DVD drive, but still no luck. Any help is appreciated. As an afterthought,, and possibly related, the sound stopped working a few weeks ago.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lewis Carroll

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July 12, 2015 at 21:22:19
Yeah if another disk worked then maybe it was scratched or worn ones that were the problem. I'm not familiar with that OS but if the disks were created with downloaded ISOs you might try burning them again using different brands of disks and different recording speeds.


#1
July 11, 2015 at 09:07:28
My thinking is that the mainboard is failing. The sound is onboard and stopped working a few weeks ago. Now this issue would imply that the drive controller is failing too. Can anyone confirm this suspicious? Thanks.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lewis Carroll


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July 11, 2015 at 23:12:35
It's booting OK from the disk; it's just not loading completely. Assuming the computer's hardware is compatible with your Xubuntu Linux I'd think maybe bad ram. You can download memtest86 and create a bootable Cd or flash drive:

http://www.memtest86.com/download.htm

Use the free version.

Is it all bootable CDs and DVDs that you're having a problem with or just the ones with linux? Are you trying to install linux on your hard drive or are you just using the disk to format your hard drive prior to a windows install? If the latter you don't need to do anything other than boot from the windows disk. As part of the install process you'll be able to delete any unnecessary partitions and then recreate one to install windows on.


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#3
July 12, 2015 at 05:42:56
Thanks for the response, DAVEINCAPS. I wanted to do a fresh install. I finally found a DVD with Xubuntu 12.04 that worked fine, however the upgrade lto 14.04 left me with a system that wouldn't boot. There's always a chance of that happening with an upgrade. I'm thinking that the media was bad as the DVDs were old and the Flash drive had damaged sectors on it. What do you think?

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lewis Carroll


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July 12, 2015 at 13:41:31
I'm running Xubuntu 12.04, so I'm sure that it's the media. Some systems are just more sensitive to inconsistencies in media used in these cases. Here's an answer to my failed upgrade. Thanks again for the help, DAVEINCAPS.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lewis Carroll


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July 12, 2015 at 21:22:19
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Yeah if another disk worked then maybe it was scratched or worn ones that were the problem. I'm not familiar with that OS but if the disks were created with downloaded ISOs you might try burning them again using different brands of disks and different recording speeds.

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July 13, 2015 at 09:06:40
Good idea and thanks again.

whitshade
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September 20, 2015 at 05:28:06
This issue is in fact related to a bug in the Linux 4.2 kernel that fails to load ACPI drivers and results in the system halting when it checks ACPI status. Here is a site with info that may help.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lewis Carroll

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September 20, 2015 at 19:49:29
Thansks for posting back with the solution. I'll keep track of it in case others have the same problem.

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September 21, 2015 at 04:06:21
When I found the answer(?), I felt that it needed to be shared. Thanks yet again, DAVEINCAPS.

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