Initramfs and unable to run or load Ubuntu to my HD

Ken Warwick kenwarwick at
Mon Sep 7 07:15:51 UTC 2009

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[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Nils Kassube
Sent: September 6, 2009 10:28 PM
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Subject: Re: Initramfs and unable to run or load Ubuntu to my HD

Gen Warwick wrote:
> I have been trying to load Ubuntu 9:04 for 3 weeks now.
> Ist I tried an upgrade from 8:10.
> All I got from that was a black blank screen.

Can you tell us what machine it is (manufacturer, model)?The machine is a PC
Clone like this: OS Name	Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Version	5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer	Microsoft Corporation
System Name	KEN
System Manufacturer	System manufacturer
System Model	System Product Name
System Type	X86-based PC
Processor	x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~2400 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date	Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS P5NSLI ACPI BIOS
Revision 1001, 28/12/2006
SMBIOS Version	2.4
Windows Directory	C:\WINDOWS
System Directory	C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device	\Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale	Canada
Hardware Abstraction Layer	Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name	KEN\Ken Warwick
Time Zone	Pacific Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory	4,096.00 MB
Available Physical Memory	254.66 MB
Total Virtual Memory	2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory	1.96 GB
Page File Space	4.59 GB
Page File	C:\pagefile.sys

> of. My question is how do I get by this initramfs stage/error/????
> and continue with loading 9:04?

Sorry, I can't help you here - I don't think I have seen that problem
myself. But hopefully others know what to do here.

> What is the problem here?
> Is it a SW or HW problem?

It could be software or hardware but I would assume it is software because
you can run pclinux from CD.

> What is "initramfs" or where can I get a common sense explanation of 
> it?

I think the Wikipedia page explains it quite good:Yes, 
I did read the info at Wikipedia.

<> (chapter "Implemantation").


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