Install problems with Partition Window

L Paz lpaz1 at
Tue Dec 16 02:40:29 UTC 2008

Message: 4
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:41:58 -0700
From: Charlie Kravetz <cjk at>
Subject: Re: Install problems with Partition Window
To: ubuntu-users at
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On Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:11:13 -0800 (PST)
L Paz <lpaz1 at> wrote:

> A couple of day's ago, I tried updating my system from ubuntu 7.10 to
> ubuntu 8.04. Now when I boot I get a shell prompt that syas this:
> ??????? Starting Up....
> Loading, please wait...
> check root=bootarg cat /proc/cmdline
> or missing modules, devices! cat /proc/modules ls /dev
> ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/586255b2-73b6-4830-89aa-630e0727fe07 does
> not exist, Dropping to a Shell!
> BusyBox v 1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-5ubuntu12) Built-in Shell (ash)
> Enter 'help' for a list of built in commands.
> (initramfs)_
> If I go into GRUB and pick the second choice, the system boots up ok
> and I can log in. the first choice is this:
> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-22-generic
> root=UUID=586255b2-73b6-483c-89aa-630e0727fe07 ro quiet splash
> the second choice is this:
> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-16-generic
> root=UUID=586255b2-73b6-483c-89aa-630e0727fe07 ro quiet splash
> So I thought I would try to reinstall Ubuntu 8.04 , so I downloaded
> the ubuntu 8.04 distro from, and I pick the second
> line that says Install Ubuntu., but when I get to step 4 out of 7,
> the partition window is blank----I can't choose my hard drive or
> create any partition's as the window does not have any entry's in
> it---it's just blank. It acts as though my hard drive is not there,
> or for soem reason it does recognize it.
> So, how do I either fix the boot error from the BusyBox initramfs
> prompt , or how can I format or partition my disk so thati I can
> install ubuntu?
> Sorry for the length of this, but I wasn't sure what information
> might be pertinent or not.

My experience is that the alternate cd works. The live cd for 8.04.1
works sometimes. Consider downloadin the alternate installer cd. You
can get it from:

     for 32-bit system -

     for 64-bit system -

Both of those should be good for your location.

Good luck,

Thanks for replying. I am downloading it now and when it's done I'll give it a try.
I'll post back if it works.
Thanks Again.

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