[kwlug-disc] My Ubuntu 10.4 will only start about 1 out of 4 times

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Aug 30 22:03:43 EDT 2010


Why 32-bit on a hot-rod like that?  Can he try 64-bit?

Does a live cd work?

Maybe he has a bad stick of RAM?  Have him run memtest.  I've seen
Windows machines happily boot with bad memory only to do nefarious
things later like silently corrupt files.

On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 21:37 -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> This is posted on behalf of a friend who is trying to post to the
> list, 
> but having problems. Paul is looking into why this is happening, 
> but meanwhile, Darryl is frustrated and about to ditch Ubuntu for
> Windows.
> 
> Specifically, he would like to know if he can log the boot sequence
> to see where it gets stuck.
> 
> Message follows ...
> 
> 
> I bought new PC - Asus P6T SE with an intel i7-930, 6BG mem.
> 
> Clean install of Ubunutu 10.4 - 32 bit general at first then upgrade
> pae kernel.
> Both have the same problem.
> 
> When I boot most of the time I get a black screen.
> 
> I changed boot options to add nomodeset and removed the splash and
> quiet 
> options from the grub menu.
> Some forums suggested the nomodeset.  Now I see where it freezes.
> 
> It either works or freezes just after allocating memory pages.
> 
> Trying to log the boot sequence.  Haven't had much luck.  There is
> bootlog info 
> in /var/log/syslog but I never seem to see the info from when it
> failed, only when 
> it succeeds.
> 
> Changed /etc/default/bootlogd BOOTLOGD_ENABLE=No to Yes
> Supposed to log to /var/log/boot but nothing there
> 
> Any Ideas.  The only thing working reliably right now is Windows 7.
> 
> Rebooting several times it eventually works.
> 
> -- 
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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