Linux N00B - HELP!!! Linux won't boot!
I have near reached the end of my rope with Linux. Please don't take this as a rant. I am asking *anyone* if they know how to solve this problem.
I was reading about partitions today and decided to manually partition the entire disk myself. The link I was reading advised that a 50 MB boot partition may solve a lot of my problems. I first erased all partitions then created the following partitions on the disk:
/boot - ext3 - 50 MB
/swap - swap - 512 MB
/ - ext3 - 7.2 GB
The link I used for advice is located here:
The rest of the install went exactly as expected. Now I receive this message:
GRUB loading, please wait...
Can anyone explain what this error is and how I can fix it??? This is becoming absolutely ridiculous. I have never in my life ecountered an OS that required this degree of technical skill to successfully install. I have installed all flavours of DOS, Windows (3.1, 95/98/ME, NT, 2000, XP) as well as OS/2 on Netfinity servers at work. I now have a comp sitting on my desk that has a broken OS, no command prompt and no apparent way to repair it. If there is no solution, Canonical will have at least provided me with 10 shiny new ubuntu skeets to blast away with the 12 gauge (whoever said linux was absolutely useless... lol).
Does anyone have any clue on how to fix this? Or is it just that Windows is simply the superior choice for 80% of the home user market? I was seriously interested in linux, but it is quickly becoming apparent that it must be an absolute nightmare to administer for anyone just starting to learn it. I have been at this for 3 days straight an feel like I am chasing my own tail. The box has gone through the following changes since I began this exercise in frustration:
Upgraded MB and CPU from PII 450 to PIII 800 MB
New LG DVD-ROM
Removed ISA SB AWE 64 audio card
Changed numerous IDE cables
Numerous BIOS settings changes
Even with all the changes and reinstalls, I have not been able to get neither SUSE nor Ubuntu 5.10 to load to a desktop. Sadly, it is really starting to seem that every negative thing I have ever heard about linux seems to be true, and that it firmly entrenched in the realm of the "hobbyist" user.
Can anyone help sort out this mess before I give it up for good???
janrocks, in my Newbie opinion, you are onto something ...
Grabbed a copy of "Beginning Ubuntu Linux" by Keir Thomas about a week ago. Read the ~25 page introduction a couple of times. Loaded the enclosed Ubuntu 5.10 disk and followed the default prompts. "ubuntu" for hostname,'50%' for partition space and so on. When the installation program froze, as indicated in the second page (pg 49) of the Chapter "Solving Installation Problems" I typed at the boot prompt:
And pressed Enter.
Up and running. Web activity, word processor. Learning the desktop, updates, starting to use command line, firestarter and so on. No problems. When I do mess up I'll start another session ...
Appears to me the preparation that went into this distribution was considerable. I'm not one to promote a book or distribution. But when this newbie is up and running a operating system with such scope and power, with very, very little preparation on my part, I have to applaud.