Error message with Ubuntu 8.10

Ralph deGennaro rmdegennaro at
Tue Jan 13 22:45:19 GMT 2009

Hi Aaron,

I also use a MacBook Pro.  If one boots directly to Ubuntu (not using VMWare
Fusion) with the likes of bootcamp or rEFIt, you can use the proprietary
drivers to get 3D capabilities.  But like Mike says, VMWare Fusion does not
support 3D graphics in their virtual machines.  I haven't had the
oppurtunity to try the new version of Virtual Box.

Here are a few links I found helpful to install Ubuntu directly:


The last link might not be relevant anymore, and only if you triple boot
your MacBook (Pro).  It worked with VMWare Fusion 1.1.  But was weird after
the update to VMWare Fusion 2.0.  So I deleted the settings folder that
pointed to the local disk and haven't had the time to recreate it.

Oh, also do not try Ubuntu 64-Bit.  There is a kernel issue that throws the
root filesystem into read-only mode.  I haven't had the chance to figure out
more details.  But once I installed Ubuntu 32-Bit I had no issues (at least
since Jan 01).

Email the list again if you have any other questions.


On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:45 PM, leftyfb <leftyfb at> wrote:

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> Wubi uses the win32 version of grub which is called from the NTLDR
> Windows uses. It has a bug in it that has trouble finding the boot
> loader which resides on an NTFS partition which is fragmented. I would
> suggest defragging the drive wubi is installed on as much as you can.
> Close ALL applications and services as possible and defrag. Possibly
> defrag while in safe mode.
> As for VMWare, virtual machines in vmware are not capable of 3D
> acceleration which is what a compositing window manager (compiz)
> requires. Sun just recently added 3D capability to it's virtual machine
> manager VirtualBox. Unfortunately, it only works for OpenGL in Windows.
> But these shows promise of getting full 3D capability in a virtual machine.
> Aaron Goodrum wrote:
> > Support,
> >
> > I have 2 issues on 2 different systems.  First, I have a new system with
> > an i7 965 Extreme chip with 6GB of memory running Windows Vista 64bit
> > and I used the WUBI installer.  Installed without a hitch, until I
> > rebooted into Ubuntu 8.10.  I receive an error message, "No root file
> > system is defined.
> > Please correct this from the partitioning menu."
> >
> > The other issue is I'm using Ubuntu on my MacBook Pro, 2.5GHz with 4GB
> > of RAM with VMWare's Fusion....and I'm not able to enable any desktop
> > apperance features.  I don't know why.  Thanks.
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