Locked up in boot process.

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Sat Aug 1 17:52:15 BST 2009


On Saturday 01 August 2009, Steven Vollom wrote:
>On Saturday 01 August 2009 02:02:28 pm Frans Ketelaars wrote:
>> On Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:43:04 +0000, Steven Vollom wrote:
>> > On Saturday 01 August 2009 01:23:13 pm Jonas Norlander wrote:
>> >> Or you can edit the grub boot line direct in the grub boot menu. Press
>> >> e on the line you want to edit and add what ever option you want to
>> >> try. It want survive the next reboot but it's faster to try out things,
>> >> later you can add them in menu.lst.
>> >>
>> >> / Jonas
>> >
>> > I haven't ever done anything like that and wouldn't know what to edit or
>> > change or what to change it to.  Can you advise me what to do?  Thanks!
>> >
>> > Steven
>>
>> OK, try this (tested on Ubuntu 8.04):
>>
>> 1. Boot your computer and wait till the list of kernels comes up.
>> 2. press 'e'
>
>Dear Frans,
>
>My computer is quad 64bit AMD.  I never have gotten a list of kernels.  I
>don't even get a repair mode or safe mode.  I am also running Jaunty kde
> 4.2.2
>
>If it is in my machine, how do I find it?  thanks.
>
>> 3. With the up and down arrow keys select the line beginning with 'kernel'
>> 4. press 'e'
>> 5. press the spacebar and then type your boot parameter: pci=nomsi
>
>My memory isn't perfect, but I recall including the pci=nomsi comment using
>Kate under the kernel entries.  I thought the address was something like
>/boot/grub/??, but I can not find a grub folder in Boot.  It should be in
> the instructions though.  I remember doing it.
>
>When I open boot, I get only the following files:
>
>abi-2.6.28-11-generic
>config-2.6.28-11-generic
>memtest86+.bin
>System.map-w.6.28-11-generic
>vmcoreinfo-2.6.28-11-generic
>
>Steven

If that is all you can see in /boot, Steven, then that install seems to be 
hosed as grub itself was never installed.  I'd do it again, from a cold 
powerup with the install disk in the optical drive.  Note that forward slash 
though, just 'boot' instead of '/boot' might be getting you the wrong 
directory somehow made during a broken install.

>> 6. press 'Esc'
>> 6. press 'b'
>>
>> This is also explained on screen.
>>
>> Let the list know how it goes :-)
>>
>>     -Frans


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