can't boot into kubuntu 9.10 after installation

Goh Lip g.lip at
Sat Mar 6 07:08:59 GMT 2010

On Sat, 06 Mar 2010 11:25:10 +0800, Paul Ezust <pezust at> wrote:

> This is a peculiar problem (to me at least).
> I spent a couple of days trying to install various recent Debian releases
> ... each one left me with an unusable system for one reason or another.
> So I decided to try kubuntu 9.10.
> The installation proceeded with no apparent problems.
> When I removed the installation CD and tried to boot from the HD, I got a
> grub menu containing a bunch of debian choices - but no kubuntu choices.
> Clearly I was looking at the wrong boot loader because I had told the
> kubuntu installer to reformat the entire 750GB drive and just make a  
> single
> partition.
> (I should add that when I was fighting with Debian I had manually  
> specified
> my own partition sizes but by this time I was just trying to get a simple
> install so that I could get back to work.)

I am not clear if the debian boot is grub2, if it is, this may help

If unsure of partition number, then at grub prompt type
'ls' or 'search -f /vmlinuz'        (without quote marks)

it this doesn't work (configfile (hd0,x)/boot/grub/grub.cfg),
do this

linux (hd0,x)/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda5 ro quiet splash
initrd (hd0,x)/initrd.img

If none works, then I think you have a bad install and need to reinstall.

If debian grub is grub-legacy, please come back. A new set of instructions  
is needed.

Regards - Goh Lip

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