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Ubuntu will not load anymore

post #1 of 11
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I have Ubunutu installed on my wifes Acer One netbook and it has been working well until about 1 week ago, now it will not boot, I get to the GRUB screen and can select the OS but it will either not load or if you choose the OS Recovery mode then it gives lots of errors relating to mounting.

ie.
mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid (lots of numbers) on /root failed: invalid argument

Begin: Running /scripts/init-bottom ... mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: no such file or directory

mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: no such file or directory
mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: no such file or directory
Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg

Then Busybox loads with

(initramfs)


I have no optical drive so cannot load a Live CD, I tried to boot from a USB live cd iso and this will not work either.

not sure on Ubuntu version, GRUB shows it as 3.0.0-12 generic
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post #2 of 11
To boot from a USB drive download unetbootin or LiLi USB creator. Use a distro ISO on one of the aforementioned applications, boot in live mode and take a peek inside your partitions.
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I know how to make a USB Live Boot drive as that is how I installed Ubuntu in the first place, my issue is now I cannot even use one of these to live boot.
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If you can't boot from any live USB stick then it could be a BIOS issue. Did you check the BIOS for abnormal settings related to booting and/or USB?
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Yes I changed the BIOS settings and set it up to boot from USB first, this did not work, I then tried USB 2nd after LAN boot and still nothing.
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post #6 of 11
Does it try to boot from the USB and then fail or just straight ignore the USB drive?
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Got it booting from USB now, trying to recover data but I think the HDD is toast.
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post #8 of 11
So it's a hard drive failure. Sorry to hear that. frown.gif
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Its still under warranty and my wife the user of the device saves all important information to our NAS or cloud services. I now have the choice of sending it back under warranty along with the entire netbook, or ripping out the HDD and replacing it with a SSD I have lying around, and upgrade the RAM at the same time.
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post #10 of 11
I vote DIY.
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