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post #1 of 20
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So a friend of mine gave me the ISO of Ubuntu, thought I'd give it a try. Not sure what version it is, but it was downloaded about a month ago, and was probably the latest version then.

Anyway, I repartitioned my Vista drive to give 40GB of space for Ubuntu, plus 10GB for a swap file. All seemed to go well during the install, but when I try to actually boot it, I get the following error:
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Booting 'Ubuntu hardy (development branch), kernel 2.6.24-12-generic'

Filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x7
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-12-generic root=UUID=C01048FE1048FD42 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro quiet splash

Error 15: File not found

Press any key to continue...
Pressing any key brings up the Ubuntu boot menu, and regardless of what mode I try (safe, memtest86+, etc) it gives the same error.

Now originally I launched the installer from Windows, and it told me to continue after a restart, which I did. Like I said, everything appeared to go fine, but then I got this error when trying to boot. I tried reinstalling straight from booting off the disk, but no change. I'm not sure if it couldn't install because an existing installation was already in place, or if it just was giving the same errors.

At any rate, I'd still like to try and get this working, but if I can't, then I want a way to remove Ubuntu off of my boot menu. No sense in having options cluttering up that don't work. Any ideas?
post #2 of 20
had to delete, i should really read your whole post before i posted, got a bit carried away.

Sorry i cant help get rid of ubuntu from your boot menu, i have never had much experience uninstalling ubuntu, just installing it
Edited by Boyboyd - 6/24/08 at 2:22pm
post #3 of 20
No wonder, you used ntfs as your file system. Next time you install it, use ext3, or reiserfs (etx3 better, though) for the root partition. And you don't need 10GB of swap, believe me. 2GB should be enough, but if you want to compile OpenOffice (you won't, for sure) you can set it to 4GB.
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post #4 of 20
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See that's what I don't understand... on the first install, it didn't give me the option (possibly because I started the installer from Windows...?). On the second install, I did use ext3.

So the question is, is Ubuntu successfully installed on that 40GB, and just not showing up on the boot menu? If so, how do I fix it?
post #5 of 20
Get an .iso from the official website and burn it to a CD.
And no, it is not successfully installed, the kernel is missing.
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post #6 of 20
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The .iso WAS from the official website. I need to know how to uninstall the current install(s) I have so I can reinstall properly. How the heck do you uninstall a non-working Ubuntu installation?

And I know it wasn't successfully installed - if it was, it'd be working. :\\ I was just saying that it appeared to install successfully (i.e. gave no errors during install).
post #7 of 20
Just format the partitions during the new install (some GB for swap and ext3 for root) and you'll have a working environment. And for god's sake, don't use ntfs!
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just make sure you boot into the liveCD and not windows when you want to install
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Oh, I created (and formatted) entirely new partitions for the 2nd install. I'm not even sure where the first install thought it was installing to. The problem is, it appears the 1st install is the one showing up in the boot menu, whereas the 2nd install is the one that *might* actually be working.

So even if I formatted the partition I created, it's still not going to show up in the boot menu until I get rid of the first install.

And finally, I didn't ever set it to use NTFS! It did that on its own!
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You can select the filesystem you want during the install.
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