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

Darryl O'Neill ldoneill at golden.net
Tue Aug 31 00:25:40 EDT 2010


Thanks for all of your suggestions.   I will try some of them out over 
the next few days and post back if I am still stuck.

I will try out the 64-bit install.  I don't have too much invested in 
the 32 bit install at this point.

Darryl

Lori Paniak wrote:
> Honestly, I think you would be better off with 64-bit Ubuntu on that
> system.  I use it on all my desktop and laptop systems and Flash in
> 10.04 just works.
>
> Using a 32-bit Ubuntu kernel is a real step back into the 20th century
> because it is 386 code - not even 686.  You are giving up SSE and
> many/most of the significant architectural advances in your 930 CPU.
>
> Have you checked the md5sum on your install media?
>
> I find the Nvidia driver only works properly if you uninstall nouveau.
> See: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia#Common%
> 20Issues
>
> Does the system boot with nouveau, leaving out the NVIDIA proprietary
> driver?  Could be a conflict between these two.
>
>  
>
> On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 22:53 -0400, Darryl O'Neill wrote:
>   
>> I will see if the reply works.
>>
>> The live CD seems to work whenever I try it.
>>  From what I have seen 64 but does not do flash so you can't do some 
>> things on the web.  I am sure it is coming.
>> 32-bit PAE kernel gets me the full 6GB and I don't have processes the 
>> need more than 4GB so I am good.
>>
>> I have booted into memtest and everything has run through.
>>
>> Once it boots it runs fine.  Problem is it only boots 25% of the time.  
>> Then power off and try again. and again.
>>
>> Darryl
>>
>> Lori Paniak wrote:
>>     
>>> 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
>>>> 2bits.com, Inc.
>>>> http://2bits.com
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