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Error on Boot

Postby Steve_C on Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:30 pm

I recently upgraded a Dell GX270 running Cassandra to Daryna. As it was the first time I ever upgraded and being a linux newbie I wasn't sure of the proper way to upgrade. I did a manual install from the liveCD leaving my home partition alone and only formatting the kernel and swap file partitions. All seems to be working ok even if I am a bit confused as to why some things were retained and others was not. All that said to give you an idea of what I have done thus far. The problem I'm having is when I reboot the system I see the new Linux splash screen and overlaid on top of it is a dos looking window (no borders or frames) with 2 columns. One column says pstk and the other rstk. I have no idea what these are. In each column there are about 8 lines. The first 3 lines in column one have nothing but a colon. beginning on line 4 it says: 0: 5ff9e. a Line 5 says: 1: 5ff7a. a Line 6 says: 2: 2c238. 4 Line 7 says: 3: 147. 9 Line 8 Says: 9. 1
In column 2 Lines 1 - 6 have nothing but colons, Line 7 says 0: ffffffff. 5 Line 8 says: 1462. 5

Below the 2 columns it says err 8 and below it ip 23a4: 1a.7

When I press enter a timer starts counting down 10s, 9s, 8s, etc. and I receive another page similar in layout to the previous page with different values. I can supply them if needed. At the bottom of page 2 it says Grub loading and when I hit enter I receive the screen with the different boot options (I'm running a dual boot) when I select the default linux boot the signon screen appears and I am able to logon and use Linux.

I would like to correct whatever is causing the error pages to come up so that if I restarted and did nothing the system would load and come up to the normal signon screen.

Does anyone know what is causing this and what I should do to correct this error? I have edited menu.lst replacing quiet splash with nosplash noapic nopci but this did not correct the issue.

Thanks
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Husse on Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:12 pm

This may be caused by the gfx grub used in Daryna. I think we started using that in Celena but not in Cassandra
Does it have a recovery partition?
Dell and recovery partition is no good combination for us....
You could download the supergrub ISO (only a few MB) and burn a CD and then use it to repair grub
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Steve_C on Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:31 pm

Thanks for responding. My Dell does have a recovery partition. Do you know if I use the supergrub iso if it will work or if I'm going to be stuck with these errors because of my recovery partition?

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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Husse on Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:55 am

I think it may fix the problem. You replace gfxgrub with ordinary grub
Of course you won't get the nice splash, but it'll work - I hope
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Steve_C on Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:51 pm

Thanks for replying. I'll have to wait til I get back to the office Jan 2nd before I'll be able to give this a try. I'll let you know if it fixes the boot issue.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays.

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Re: Error on Boot

Postby myforms on Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:23 am

I see this is an old post but I thought I would add my solution. I added

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
hiddenmenu


to my menu.lst just above

# Pretty colours
color cyan/blue white/blue


This will take you past the black box with gibberish. I too have a dell.
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Husse on Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:22 am

Thank you myforms and welcome to Mint
Where did you find that?
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby myforms on Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:19 pm

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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Steve_C on Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:54 pm

Thanks guys and welcome myforms to linuxmint! I tried the easy solution of hiding the menu and it worked like a charm.
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby myforms on Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:11 pm

Thanks for the welcome and I'm glad it worked for you. Linuxmint is awesome!
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby beechtree on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:24 pm

Had the same problem on all of my DEll dual-boot machines. Here's the fix that worked for me:

from the terminal

$ gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

then enter your password. Change the line (this is about line nine or ten) that commands
gfxmenu=/etc/grub/message.mint
remove the gf
This line should now read xmenu=/etc/grub/message.mint
Save the file.
After this change, Daryna or Celena grub will display a legible, text-only display just like Casandra.
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Husse on Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:29 pm

Welcome to Mint beechtree
I don't think you have a good solution
xmenu is a Mac menu (but not for boot) so what you have done is simply to disable gfxmenu
The proper way could be to put ## first on the line (or remove the line or...)
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby myforms on Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:07 pm

I'm not sure that Dell's recovery partition is really the problem (at least not mine.) After my original post I bought a new hard drive and still had same problem and still had to re-write my menu.lst.

Then I bought a new Video card and the problem stopped. So could it be the on-board video card (Intel 845) causing the problem?
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Re: Error on Boot

Postby Husse on Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:15 am

Graphics may well be the problem, it's just that when I read the first post that was not the first thing on my mind
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