Ubuntu Won't Boot!!!

Help!!I recently installed Hardy Heron, from a live CD i burned (and checked) myself.I managed to successfully set up my wireless (using ndiswrapper), and install a driver for my Nvidia graphics card.After installing / removing some applications, using the standard 'add / remove software' app, I got told the system needed a reboot.So i rebooted - my laptop turned off, turned on, the bios came up, detected no boot cd, then the ubuntu splash screen came up, with a progress bar (as usual). However, when the progress bar got to the end, the screen simply went blank, and after a second the ubuntu login sound was played.This is as close as i get to logging in - the screen simply stays blank, and my mouse/keyboard dont have any effect. When i push the power button to turn my laptop off, i get a quick flash of a bios screen, and then the standard ubuntu splash screen with a progress bar showing shutdown progress appears.What can i do? What is causing this? Am i being a complete n00b and missing something? Please help!

Ubuntu Won't Boot!!!

Because you can hear the sound it looks like it has installed, but it doesn't recognise your video card (=start the xserver). Have a look at "How to get started with no GUI" on http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=3085112.0

Thankyou, i think that must

Thankyou, i think that must have been the problem.After running the xserver, ubuntu booted just fine, but had disabled the proprietary driver i had installed previously..Thanks

Ubuntu Won't Boot!!!

Two things to try to get Nvidia back. 1) The Albert Milone script called Envy which is available from http://albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1.html. It works for most people, but not all people - it has worked for me before, but didn't in Hardy; or 2) Get Nvidia from the Nvidia site. It is not hard to install.

Ubuntu 8.10 won't boot

The base install works like a charm. I just enter through the program, sacrifice my entire (hd0) 500G SATA drive to the "guided partitioning" process, remove the CD, hit enter - and -End of story. The thing won't boot no matter what I do. The machine just stopped dead right after the POST check.So here's what I did: I re-installed Debian, my previous installation, using the same harddrive, and told the installation program to tweak the MBR and /boot partition (why doesn't the ubuntu install livecd have nifty options like that? sure, the installer is easy to use - unless it doesn't work!). Then I re-installed ubuntu, again using (hd0).Now, at boot, at least I got the grub menu. But keying enter got me in the BusyBox. So I rebooted and got myself into a grub commandline, to try some stuff. I couldn't get it to boot no matter what "root (hd#,#); setup (hd#)" I entered. I did discover one thing though:Debian assigns a completely different range of drive numbers to my drives than ubuntu.My machine has 3 SATA drives, and 2 IDE drives on a plugged in PCI IDE card. It also has a combination card reader. It's starting to look like with ubuntu, the cardreader is numbered as the first 4 SCSI devices, while the SATA and IDE drives are given drive designations higher than those. I want to install ubuntu to the same disk Debian was first on: the first sata drive - but apparently my BIOS, Debian and Ubuntu *all* have different ideas as to which drive is which.I still don't know why the ubuntu installer can't figure out how to correctly configure my MBR and grub, but at least I know the direction to look in.If any of you knows anything about this; don't hesitate to lemme know: my system's been offline for 3 days now, and it's starting to hurt :|Thanks!G.

Might work for you

hi i have a dual boot with vista, i had this message come up after the loader:

Mount of file system failed.
A maintenance shell will now be started.
control-d will terminate this shell and retry
bash: group: command not found
bash: dircolours: command not found

after stressing out and booting up the slowest vista in the world and searching the Internet I gave up with it. When i gave it the shut down command it came up with a message saying cant do "now" because "now" is in the past 1/1/2004 last date 8/1/2010 or somthing like that.

So i restarted it manually pressing F2 to get into BIOS or system manager or what ever its called, changed the time and date to the correct time and date (it had gone weird as the computer had crashed) and hey presto UBUNTU WORKS!!

hope this helps!


Sorry just realized, quite an old post! but hey its there if anyone gets stuck like i did!


9.10 was going ok, until I loaded the updates then it just went into grub. Tried all the forums to fix, could not reload install CD.

So I'm sorry guys, its back to windows and stability !! Not always was the case but I think its better than linux and good apps ! Ok it not free but I would rather pay a little for it.