Install / Boot issues

keith dewitt keithdewitt at
Mon Jan 12 14:44:48 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Jonas Norlander <jonorland at> wrote:
> 2009/1/9 keith dewitt <keithdewitt at>:
>>> Have you tried to start in recovery mode?
>> Yes. No luck, but I may not be seeing  something I need to know there,
>>>You can also try to remove
>>> the quit and splash options from the kernel row in the Grub boot menu.
>> Removed. But the splash screens would still come up. Maybe I did
>> something wrong, but I removed those two words from the end of the
>> line and checked on another reboot and they were not there. But I am
>> getting past the splash screens now, just getting the blank screen
>> directly after. And it stops.
> When you remove them from the grub menu at boot it is not saved to the
> config file so after a reboot the will be there again.

I continued with the boot process and still got the splash. Maybe
something I did wrong. Was able to get passed the splash screens
though, eventually.
>>> Both suggestions will give you more output when trying to debug the
>>> cause. Also look at the log files in /var/log for clues.
>> I looked at this site and few others to explain to my "how to view
>> /var/log files":
>> When I got to ?command lines? that had "#" to type commands, said it
>> was an invalid command. What I'm thinking is these files are only
>> viewable once everything is loaded and you can use a ?shell?
> In a shell you have some information at the start of every line that
> tell you your login name, the name of the machine you are logged in
> at, what directory you are at and if you are a normal user or root
> then you have a space and after that is where you enter your commands.

That's the place I never got to. The shell. I looked for info on where
to find a shell buring the boot process or during boot process in
recovery mode.

> This is mine "jonas at intrepid-amd9650:~$" I will break it up for you.
> jonas: My login name.
> intrepid-amd9650: Shows the name of the computer im logged in at.
> ~: The directory you are in. ~ is a alias for your home directory.
> $: Shows that you are a normal user, root got a # character instead
I remember being in places at different times showing both "#" and "$"
but couldn't get the correct commands working. However, I never got to
the place of the install to provide a username and pass.

> So in the examples from that side the # characters only shows that the
> commands is writen at a root shell and the # should not be written.
>> I think I'm getting more lost. But I'm trying still. My big
>> motivation, I plan to upgrade to a 64 bit system and would like to
>> move over to Linux as my OS.
>> Thanks for your help,
>> Keith
> The most important log file to look at is the /var/log/Xorg.0.log.
> Look at that file with this command "less /var/log/Xorg.0.log" without
> the quotes. Use page up and page down to move up and down in the file,
> quit by pressing q. If you got any errors or warnings that line start
> with (EE) or (WW).
> I suspect you got some problem with your graphics driver. What
> graphics card do you have?
Matrox Millenium g200 agp
Thanks for your help. I have my new hardware installed and am working
with the current version of Unbuntu. I haven't installed it yet, just
checking everything out for hardware issues. So far its going really
well.  However, I plan to try and salvage my old hardware to have a
second computer to work on. I will save this thread and get back with
you if I have any more issues trying to get the other machine up and
running with Ubuntu. I'd really like to see that happen.


> / Jonas
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