Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Ubuntu Linux - Failure to Launch
I hit an issue with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 earlier today - having booted, and installed, from a DVD containing a Live CD, I expected my PC to happily reboot, once I'd removed the DVD and pressed [Enter].
Sadly, it booted as far as a black screen, with a flashing cursor :-( I tried a number of times, but to no avail.
I re-booted from the Live CD, and checked that the disk looked good, using the Ubuntu Disk Utility tool ( sweetly named palimpsest ) and also checked the partition layout, using another tool - partitionmanager.
All looked fine, so I jumped onto the Mac for a spot of Googling.
Using the search terms "ubuntu 12.04 boot loader", I hit upon this blog post: -
which led me to believe that the Grub boot loader might be at fault.
The author, Josh B, had a clear set of instructions that applied to me, having booted from the Live CD: -
If you just have the Ubuntu Live CD try these steps:
• Boot from Live CD
• Open a terminal from the Live CD, and run the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair
• Follow the Recommended Repair option. Press "Advanced" to check what it will do.
• The stressful bit. Now reboot and you will be able to use Grub.
I did as advised and, upon reboot, was back in the game.
Am now happily using 12.04 ( Precise Pangolin ) without any further woes :-)
Thanks, Josh :-)