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

Darryl O'Neill ldoneill at golden.net
Mon Aug 30 22:53:37 EDT 2010

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.


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
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