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    9.10 failure to boot never mind install

    thought I'd finally bite the bullet and try ubuntu 9.10 on my 2nd pc. It's about time I had a perspective on it over personal use.

    it's kind of disappointing that it wont even boot (to install it) correctly
    this is what it says

    ISOLINUX .....
    unknown keyword in configuration file
    unknown keyword in configuration file
    boot: <enter>
    could not find kernal image: linux
    -the iso is definately intact as i can browse it in winrar and see the files.
    -although img burn reports the iso as slightly bigger than my blank cdrs, it still burns it, had the same problem with the image burned onto a DVD.

    /sigh

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    Just tried it in a VM myself.

    Seemed to install ok, but on the first reboot it got itself stuck in a loop - I couldn't read the text it was giving me as it was flashing up too fast. Anyway I powered off and it started fine after that.

    I must admit it does boot fast, and the new software centre looks pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browolf View Post
    thought I'd finally bite the bullet and try ubuntu 9.10 on my 2nd pc. It's about time I had a perspective on it over personal use.

    it's kind of disappointing that it wont even boot (to install it) correctly
    this is what it says



    -the iso is definately intact as i can browse it in winrar and see the files.
    -although img burn reports the iso as slightly bigger than my blank cdrs, it still burns it, had the same problem with the image burned onto a DVD.

    /sigh
    Does sound like a manky ISO - try another from a different mirror. (Blocklist guy) Nile reinstalled his 904 box this aft, and my desktop is presently dist-upgrading in my absence

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    Been running it on my work laptop for a couple of weeks now and it's impressively quick, cautious but thinking about moving my gentoo desktop onto it now!

    I'd try another ISO too mate, it's an odd un.

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    H'mm I just went on the ubuntu website and ordered a free CD as my Internet is playing up at the moment. Ive been using ubuntu 8.10 since its release and have been a bit skeptic about upgrading. I prefer a clean install so I'm going to wait till the CD comes so I have a good copy.

    Is it very different to 8.10? I don't really like change.

    Maybe the release is still a bit buggy? Or it might just not like your machine. Have you tried it in another machine or virtually?

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    Is it very different to 8.10? I don't really like change.
    I found 8.10 to be an awful experience, 9.04 much better and 9.10 a dream.

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    I had this problem on an old pc. Your Bios might not be able to read the isolinux.cfg file properly.

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    I found 8.10 to be an awful experience, 9.04 much better and 9.10 a dream.
    Thanks for the advice!!!
    Ive had a lot of problems with 8.10 especially with plugins like ffmpeg, gstreamer and other media plugins. Ive had to resort to using several video players just to play different formats.

    All I need to do now is wait till i have enough money for a new hard drive. I'm only using an 80GB one in my ubuntu machine and I barely have 2gb left!!!

    Would you recommend a clean install or an upgrade as I am unsure what would be best.
    If I do a clean install I'll have to go through the trouble of connecting up my current hard drive as a slave and copying all the data i need off it so I can wipe it and use it in another machine, and mounting internal hard drives was a pain in the neck in 8.10. Is it the same in 9.10???

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I had this problem on an old pc. Your Bios might not be able to read the isolinux.cfg file properly.
    By the way how old do you mean by this because ive used some very old boards ie pentium 3 boards
    with recent versions of linux and not had a problem.

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    It was a five year-old pc - the moment I upgraded the Bios to the latest version from the manu the problem disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llawwehttam View Post
    Thanks for the advice!!!

    Would you recommend a clean install or an upgrade as I am unsure what would be best.
    If I do a clean install I'll have to go through the trouble of connecting up my current hard drive as a slave and copying all the data i need off it so I can wipe it and use it in another machine, and mounting internal hard drives was a pain in the neck in 8.10. Is it the same in 9.10???
    Don't want to derail this thread too much so if you do wanna chat drop me a pm.

    I'd do a clean install given the problems you've had, plus you can use ext4 out of the box if you want to give that a whirl.

    Mounting internal disks is a doddle either via command line if the gui decides to not want to work but I've had no problems and my main machine (when it was on gentoo) had 4 hard disks.

    sudo mkdir /olddisk
    sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /olddisk
    sudo mkdir ~/olddiskcontent
    sudo cp -R /olddisk ~/olddiskcontent

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    Dist Upgrade from 9.04 seems to have worked here.

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    Did you md5 check the ISO before burning ?

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    I decided to go for it in the end and am at last upgrading from 8.10 to 9.04. The eta is moving from between 2 hours 30 mins to 6 hours. Is this normal and will it finish quicker?

    The speed is going between 64.3 kb/s and 235Kb/s but not getting any higher. Is It possible to UPGRADE using the Cd and If so if I hit cancel while still in the Getting New Packages Stage will my system be affected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by llawwehttam View Post
    I decided to go for it in the end and am at last upgrading from 8.10 to 9.04. The eta is moving from between 2 hours 30 mins to 6 hours. Is this normal and will it finish quicker?
    When there's a new release, a million people all hit the mirrors at once. It's going to be pretty sluggish.

    The speed is going between 64.3 kb/s and 235Kb/s but not getting any higher. Is It possible to UPGRADE using the Cd
    Yes, just update your apt sources list to use the CD and do an apt-get dist-upgrade.

    and If so if I hit cancel while still in the Getting New Packages Stage will my system be affected?
    No.

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    Thanks PowdarrMonkey. I didn't really want to be waiting forever so I canceled. I have been getting a few warnings from other people that many packages do not work after an upgrade. Is this true and If so would a clean install be a better idea?
    Thanks

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