Trying to Load Ubuntu 11.04 onto HP Laptop. Failed at reboot

Peter Fitzpatrick Peter at
Wed Aug 24 09:53:36 UTC 2011

Hi Goh Lip

Have tried the commands you suggested. Failed at the insmod command as

List starts with machine just rebooted: Note that the machine currently has
the 10.04 LTS version installed (or partly so)

Error: out of disk
Grub rescue> set prefix=(hd0,1)/boot/grub
Grub rescue> insmod (hd0,1)/boot/grub/normal.mod
Error: out of disk
Grub rescue> normal
Unknown command 'normal'
Grub rescue> cat (hd0,1)/etc/lsb-release
Unknown command 'cat'
Grub rescue> search -f /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Unknown command 'search'
Grub rescue> search -f vmlinuz
Unknown command 'search'
Grub rescue> ls
(hd0) (hd0,1)
Grub rescue> set
Grub rescue>

Thanks for the assistance so far. Anything else I can try?


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Goh Lip
Sent: Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:03 AM
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: Re: Trying to Load Ubuntu 11.04 onto HP Laptop. Failed at reboot

On 08/23/2011 07:25 PM, Peter Fitzpatrick wrote:

> Installation runs through normally and concludes apparently OK. The HDD
> has been reformatted and using the default whole disk installation.
> When we restart we only get an error from GRUB as shown below.
> error: out of disk
> grub rescue>
> grub rescue> ls
> (hd0) (hd0,msdos1)

Peter, unless there are more serious problems in your installation, try 
as follows....

grub rescue> set prefix=(hd0,1)/boot/grub
grub rescue> insmod (hd0,1)/boot/grub/normal.mod
grub rescue> normal

[here you should see a 'normal' grub prompt "grub>" ]
Then .....
grub> set root=(hd0,1)
grub> linux (hd0,1)/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro
grub> initrd (hd0,1)/initrd.img
grub> boot

When (If) booted up, open a terminal and
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Regards and good luck - Goh Lip

ps: hopefully do don't need this...
if boot fails at grub-rescue mode, let us know the output...
grub rescue> cat (hd0,1)/etc/lsb-release
grub rescue> search -f /boot/grub/grub.cfg
grub rescue> search -f /vmlinuz

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