GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5.1

Phill Whiteside PhillW at
Tue Dec 4 03:42:59 UTC 2012

Hi Rich,

There are several e-books you can have a read of to learn the 'innards' of
Lubuntu and linux in general. But, before you trouble yourself with that,
may I quote our mission statement..

Lubuntu is targeted at PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware
> that, in most cases, just don't have enough resources for all the bells and
> whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions. Members of the
> team take care of LXDE and other packages that are part of Lubuntu.

Please let us know how you get on, you have an important thing to bring to
lubuntu... that of a new user. Let us know what we do well, and what we do
not[1]. The entire Ubuntu group (ubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu, kubuntu, studio,
edu, etc...etc) are a family... It will take some time for you to get used
to how we work :)



On 4 December 2012 03:19, Richard Bloss <sneydblois at> wrote:

> Hi Phill,
> thanks for taking time to respond personally.  Yes I am new to linux but
> so far enjoying.  Put Lubuntu on this old P3 with 512MG RAM some months
> back because it was just so slow with Win XP.  Lubuntu made it once again
> usable.
> Thanks to SuperUsers like you, Toz & oldfred I have learned much.
>  Actually glad I started out with Lubuntu & not Ubuntu.  Might be getting
> more experience with linux & the terminal this way.
> I will leave it as is.  Kinda cool having all the options avail to me.
>  Want all the exposure I can get.  Have been a Windows user for many years
> & really have no idea what goes on behind the curtain so-to-speak.  Maybe
> Lubuntu will make me a better computer user overall?
> thank you,
> Rich
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM, Phill Whiteside <PhillW at> wrote:
>> 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
>> comers. Later that day: Removed all but one of the SSD's from the Wish List
>> - Crucial 512GB m4 SSD $400.  All but one of the Radeon 68xx GPU's too.
>> Put a 500 watt Corsair PSU in there & placed an ATI Radeon 4850 GPU in
>> the Wish List.
>> 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.
>> Regards,
>> Phill
>> 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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