GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5.1

Phill Whiteside PhillW at
Tue Dec 4 02:53:06 UTC 2012

Hi Richard,

1) Welcome to Lubuntu....

But what you are more worried about is the screen on booting.... That is
the default boot screen and is completely normal (in fact it shows to
others that you have a very healthy install).

You can silence that display if you wish and remove the countdown. I'm a
fan of the start up screen, others scream that it really confuses new

If the computer is working happily, then just turn it on and relax while it
stretches its fingers and toes to check if it is a 'happy computer'. I'm
guessing you have not had a linux system running before? Count down, the
computer will choose the top option unless you decide to change it..... If
nothing is wrong, simply follow an Apollo countdown  3....2...1.... We have
lift off! :D

The default Linux bootloader, Grub, has a 5 - 10 second delay in booting.
> This is provided so that the user has the time for selecting another
> Kernel/OS.



On 4 December 2012 01:04, Richard Bloss <sneydblois at> wrote:

> Hi again,
> actually the options don't read linux 3.0.0-1.  I can't quite make out
> what it reads because it's covered with Letters (P & M) & other symbols.
>  The rest of the msg is correct as far as I can make out.
> I copied the "options" from a ticket on the Ubuntu forums.  Some other
> folks are getting the same msg.
> thanks
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM, Richard Bloss <sneydblois at>wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Last week this msg popped up during boot:  (sorry if this sounds like
>> rambling - new to linux)
>> GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5.1
>> options are:
>> Ubuntu, with linux 3.0.0-1-generic
>> Ubuntu, with linux 3.0.0-1-generic (recovery mode)
>> Previous Linux versions
>> Memory test (memtest86+)
>> Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)
>> After 10 seconds it boots normal & all looks as it should.
>> Can anyone tell me why this msg just started to appear?
>> Did not to my knowledge shut the PC down during any kind of install.
>> Here are the steps I have performed in an attempt to make this msg go
>> away.
>> 1) In recovery mode I performed
>>            a) fsck  - Check all file systems  (no errors)
>>            b) remount - remount / read/write & mount all other file
>> systems
>>            c) dpkg - Repair broken packages
>>            d) grub  - Update grub bootloader
>> 2) Also downloaded YannBuntu's boot-repair iso.   Had to run it in
>> failsafe mode, non failsafe mode just hung each time I tried it. It did
>> indicate one problem fixed & that the document would be avail to view after
>> restart. However after restart from HD I cannot find the document that
>> Boot-Repair generated. Don't remember exactly what it repaired
>> 3) Using Lubuntu install disc booted into terminal (try Lubuntu before
>> installing) & ran *fsck -a /dev/sda1*
>> & from terminal in fully loaded OS ran *sudo shutdown -r -F now*
>> neither of these found any errors.
>> The GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5.1 continues to appear @ startup.
>>  Should I be worried about this msg?
>> & during shutdown I get this msg:  *initctl = event failed*  goes by so
>> fast that's all I can read but don't remember getting that msg before,
>> perhaps I wasn't paying so close attention as I am now.
>> on another note: wanted to use *apt-get update* for boot-repair so that
>> I could run it while in terminal (Lubuntu install disc) but I was unable
>> to get my WIFI working.  Apparently iwconfig only works for WEP & not for
>> WPA/2.  How can I get the wireless working?
>> thanks,
>> rich bloss
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