Install / Boot issues

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Wed Jan 7 13:07:11 UTC 2009

2009/1/7 keith dewitt <keithdewitt at>:
> ran Ubuntu 8.10 live cd a few times. Decided to install. During
> partition install, turned off computer. Needed more info on
> partitioning. Got a book, got more info, decided to run live cd again.
> It stalled on boot up. Formatted HD, put clean install of WinXP, ran
> through alternate cd, got through the installation. Computer reboot
> that was required after installation and I am back to same problem.
> I get to the splash screen when the orange bar goes left to right,
> next splash screen where bar moves only from left to right,sometimes
> the bar will stop less than 1/4th the way, other times it will finish
> all the way but then I get a blank screen and no blinking light
> showing any HD activity. Let it set for almost 2 hours once to see if
> boot would continue.
> I have spent many hours trying to get around this, so now looking for
> help. I figure since I was once able to get to the desktop on live cd,
> surf the web, it shouldn't be a hardware/driver problem but....
> Checked the .iso, hash, the cd, memory, did a new dl of .iso,made a
> new disk, double checked the disk, etc.
> After I started to have problems this message came up:
> Bios age (1999) fails cut off...acpi=force is required....
> I added acpi=force under the f6 option.
> As of now, the latest cd I used is Kubuntu, so that is what's
> installed on the HD.
> Computer specs:
> Pentium III 497.8 mhz
> Chip set: Intel I440bx
> RAM: 512mb
> Video: Matrox Millenium g200 agp (open source driver)
> Thanks,
> Keith

Have you tried to start in recovery mode? You can also try to remove
the quit and splash options from the kernel row in the Grub boot menu.
Both suggestions will give you more output when trying to debug the
cause. Also look at the log files in /var/log for clues.

/ Jonas

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