New Hard Drive, Trying to Boot Ubuntu on Netbook

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barryzito777

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Hi,

I have a Toshiba NB205-N310\BN netbook. The hard drive died and thanks to some help from some other members of this forum I was able to acquire a new hard drive and install it. However, now I am running into problems trying to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it. I followed all the steps for installing it via usb drive and it seems to install correctly. However the problems arise when the computer says installation is successful and to restart the computer. I do so and I can never get it to load back into anything. All I see is a screen saying this Help please
 

jrbuergel

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Did you remember to unplug your USB Ubuntu install flash drive which you should do just when it re-boots. Are you sure that the Ubuntu install did initialize your new hard drive and create partitions and format the file system ? I sugest to look for some help at the Ubuntu forum here; http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php Also are your BIOS settings all good, maybe check those.
 

barryzito777

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jrbuergel: I did pull the flash drive at the reboot time and I believe it initialized and partitioned my harddrive though I set it to take the whole 500 gig HD since i had nothing else that i wanted to leave space for. I am also asking the same questions in the ubuntu forum but i like to try here because this site's users are generally more helpful. What BIOS settings would I be checking to see if they're "good"?

prunejuice: It was the netbook remix version

P.S. sorry for the late response, i've been without internet for the past week while on vacation
 

TerryNet

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prunejuice may have been asking for the release number--10.10, 10.04, etc.

The last decision you have to make on a Ubuntu install is where to put the boot stuff. That's sometimes a bit of a guess and cross-my-fingers for me. You may have accidentally put it on the USB drive instead of the hard drive. Try booting with the USB connected; if you boot to the hard drive that way then you know for sure that's what happened.
 

barryzito777

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terry i think that might have been my problem. though I'm not really sure. I had backtracked a bit and after failing to get Ubuntu to work I installed a fresh windows 7 which ran perfectly (though I have no extra CD key for it so it's only temporary) then i tried the Ubuntu installation again (i got it from here) and I was able to choose to boot to Ubuntu when it restarts and now I can get in. Before I would never get to the black screen where it asks you to pick what OS to boot to. So I think you were right about my problem?
 

TerryNet

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Very likely that, or something similar, was the problem. Anyhow, you've now got it working, right? That's good. :)
 

barryzito777

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yup haha. Now do you know of an easy way of getting rid of that copy of windows without undoing my ubuntu installation by any chance? if not i'll just leave it there.
 

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If the Master Boot Record is not in the Windows partition you can simply delete the partition. Otherwise it gets more complicated. No guarantee I'll be able to help much, but probably the next data to show us is the output from the following command that you run in a Terminal window:

sudo fdisk -l

The last character of that command is a lower case L.
 

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I'm pretty sure--not positive--that means your MBR is in the little sda1 partition, and you are free to delete or reuse the sda2 Windows partition.
 

TerryNet

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If you only want to use the space for other data you could just delete the Windows folders/files. If you want to delete the partition or break it into smaller partitions or something you need a partition manager.

One partition manager is GParted. I've used it standalone, and I understand that you can install it in Ubuntu.

Note that your Linux installation is in a logical (extended) partition, so if your aim is to add the sda2 space to sda6 I do not know how to accomplish that.
 
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It looks like a faulty installation to me in the Post #1.

Cure :

Boot up the Ubuntu as a Live CD

Click a terminal and issue the following commands
Code:
sudo su
mkdir /mnt/sda6
mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/sda6
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/sda6   /dev/sda
reboot
Basically you use the Live CD to reconnect Grub2 between your installed Ubuntu in sda6 with the MBR of hard disk sda.

If you have a problem of booting the MS Windows let us know. It can be easily fixed.
 
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