boot screen not showing Lubuntu 10.10

February 27, 2011 at 12:52:06
Specs: Lubuntu 10.10
boot screen not showing Lubuntu 10.10
loaded OS from "Linux format" DVD OK, but nothing on my dual boot screen
only the Windows XP dual boots for my 2 drives.

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#1
February 27, 2011 at 13:12:45
You should have installed it inside Windows. The following instructions are for an older version of Ubuntu, but the process is the same. I don't know why more people don't take advantage of it.

http://ubuntumanual.org/posts/152/h...

I've used this same method several times now. I'm currently running Win7 & Mint 10 on one of my systems without going thru the hassle of setting up a dedicated partition or using GRUB.


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#2
February 27, 2011 at 17:00:01
That option was not recommended or available on the magazine DVD.
How can I return my drive to It's original state, just by deleting the partitions with 'Disk Management' ?

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#3
February 28, 2011 at 05:22:29
I'm guessing you're a newb to Linux? We have no idea what you did or how you went about the installation. You're going to have to explain your problem in more detail.

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#4
February 28, 2011 at 06:02:01
Yes I am a newb,
Bought the 'Linux Format' magazine, used the disc to install 'Lubuntu' on one of my two drives, both running Windows XP Pro'.
Disc manager shows the new partitions, but on bootup only my XP systems showing, no Lubutnu.
Lubutnu boots and runs ok from the dvd.
I followed the install instructions to the letter.
Could it be a mount problem?
Should I just delete the partitions with Windows Computer Management, and if I did Would that return the drive to It's original size?
Thanks, Robin..

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#5
February 28, 2011 at 17:48:58
A common way to install a "distro" is by using the installer that is provided. The installer usually uses "grub" to replace the xp boot loader. You seem to suggest that you can still see the old xp bootloader. Is that true?

Not knowing this disk I can only assume it did not for some reason put grub on. If you want to you can either try to fix what you have or simply delete the one or maybe two linux partitions. It should then be gone for good..

If you have a newer system that supports VT-x or AMD-V then consider using virtual machines.

Other ways are live usb flash disks or live cd/dvds. For some reason dual booting has borked more systems for more years than anyone could imagine.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#6
February 28, 2011 at 20:47:33
I know jefro is a big supporter of virtual machines, while I'm a big supporter of using the Wubi installer. I suppose it's possible that Lubuntu doesn't support Wubi, however, most, if not all of the other Ubuntu based distros do.

I suggest you reformat the linux partitions to NTFS & either use them for storage or recombine them with the Windows partition. Then go to the Mint Linux site & download Mint 10. It will be an ISO file so to burn it to a disk, you will need a program like ImgBurn.

Once you've created the Mint 10 installation disk, just boot into Windows, then pop the Mint disk in the CD/DVD drive & let it auto-play. When the menu comes up, all you need to do it click "Install Inside Windows". No partitioning is necessary, no Grub, & the dual boot menu will be created automatically. If you don't like it, all you need to do is go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs to uninstall it.

Here's what you'll need:

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1581

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...


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#7
March 1, 2011 at 17:05:57
The reason I say to go with a virtual machine is because I made an assumption that the OP did try to use wubi to install this disk. Basically in either case there was some problem. We don't really know what is at fault but I am guessing that the install went fine and that somehow grub was not installed correctly or not at all. I guess the install may have failed totally too. dunno which way to go to fix it.

If you want you can tell use how you think this linux tried to install. Did you see any reference to wubi or did you install it from windows? Best would be to tell us if you booted to the DVD. If no then you can try mickliq's suggestion.

I don't care for wubi but many people who offer great help here and other places think it is a fine way to try linux.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#8
March 2, 2011 at 09:59:24
Hi u2,
I use this to dual boot my 2 XP hard drives,

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
2. On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.
3. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to start when you turn on your computer.
4. Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts.

I used the magazine disc to boot my PC then followed the instructions to load LUBUNTU onto one of the drives.
It did not show in the boot menu after removing the DVD,
It had made empty partitions which I have now deleted and am left with an empty 548gbt logic drive.
A step by step solution in plain english might help this newbe to load Linux without further pain.
Thanks to you both...Robin..


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#9
March 2, 2011 at 12:42:49
Choice one is to consider a virtual machine. Tell us about your system and we can suggest if it is OK or not.

Choice two might be to ditch the DVD. Not sure if it is OK or not. Your choice if you want to try it or get another disk online.

If you want to try this disk with wubi it may be possible. Since I have never seen or tried that disk I can't say if it would work. I assume it would.


So tell us your computer specs, if you want to try this disk or try another disk.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#10
March 2, 2011 at 16:23:57
Step-by-Step was already provided in response # 6. Ditch Lubuntu & try Mint 10, it's a much better distro.

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#11
March 4, 2011 at 11:08:40
So frustrating, downloaded, burnt Mint 10 as suggested, loaded perfectly boot OK,
loaded languages etc,then rebooted itself & came up with error,
"Dev/sdb6 does not exist, drop to shell", then it froze.
Tried safe boot, same result.
Now what?.....Robin :-(

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#12
March 4, 2011 at 12:02:48
Maybe I should have loaded it on C:\ not the free partition on on that drive.
My System,

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
System Manufacturer NVIDIA
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2400 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 22/09/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.2
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 4,096.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 2.47 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 5.09 GB


............Robin..


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#13
March 7, 2011 at 18:33:24
many thanks,loaded mint10,
boots through windows with ctrl,alt,del,shutdown,reload.
cant understand why it wont load from 1st boot screen tho'.

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