New installation failing to take over from old installation

John Hupp jdhupp at
Wed Jan 2 22:15:03 UTC 2013

The last time I had a problem like that, I used the disk manufacturer's 
utility to erase the hard drive.  Though I didn't even need to do the 
full erase -- the quick erase that targeted the first part of the drive 
did the job.  (This is assuming that there is nothing on the drive that 
needs to be preserved.)

On 1/2/2013 4:30 PM, Chris Green wrote:
> I am trying to install a new Lubuntu 12.10 onto a machine here.  It's a
> pretty standard sort of desktop machine with nVidia chipset, intel dual
> core processor and two 320Gb SATA disk drives.
> The installation seems to work with no problems, I tell it to use the
> whole of the 'first' SATA disk for the installation and to install grub
> on the MBR.
> The result though is that the *old* grub (version 1.99) menu appears
> offering me the old version of linux (I think it's an 11.10) and, at the
> bottom of the boot list the new version.  If I try and boot the new
> version it tells me it can't find the kernel and fails to boot.
> How can I do a completely clean install, that's what I want to do?

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