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Old 07-13-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I've run into a problem on my desktop... I cannot load any form of Linux. The computer will boot into the Linux install menu but then when launching Linux (I've tried Ubuntu/Kubuntu 9.10/10.04/11.04 and Fedora 15)
Every distribution will stop loading. With the Ubuntu releases, I got an error once that I may need to flash my "ROM", curious it didn't display "BIOS". It then loads a prompt with the "Ubuntu@ubuntu:" Prompt and I'm not Linux savvy enough to go from there.
With Fedora, I received an error that it couldn't mount ATA1/ATA2 or device 0,0.
I've run Memtest with the Fedora CD and passed 100%.

This is a new problem as I used to dual boot Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 but am now unable to install Linux, even the Windows Wubi installer, on my machine.

Any suggestions? I plan on flashing my BIOS later today as well...

Edit: Okay maybe not, there's no new BIOS for my system... Any ideas?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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I'm just curious, have you tried installing Windows on this machine? Maybe Windows error messages will be more descriptive. Kinda sounds like a hard drive issue, though.
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I have Windows up and running without issue so no descriptive errors
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Did you just install Windows or was it already installed before? I would be curious to see if Windows gave any errors during installation as opposed to just simply running the OS.
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I actually just reformatted Windows two days ago.

Edit: After doing a little digging, it would appear that the issue is with my Graphics card and I need Ultimate Edition to boot into Safe Graphics mode. Will post back with Results.
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Graphics card? I would have never guessed that to be the issue. Yeah, post the results. This might be interesting....
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So I tried Ultimate Edition 2.9 (Which no longer has Safe Graphics Mode) so I went back to Kubuntu 9.10 and ran Safe Graphics Mode. No luck, got halfway through the install then through some generic bad disc error. Sigh... Anyone have a distribution of Linux that would work with the Radeon 5670?
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This thread seems to show a solution for getting Ubuntu to work with the card, but that is with an existing installation.

This snippet from here might help:

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the safe graphics mode has been removed from Ub 10.04.

Use F6 and then xforcevesa as a generic safe graphics mode.
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This thread seems to show a solution for getting Ubuntu to work with the card, but that is with an existing installation.

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the safe graphics mode has been removed from Ub 10.04.

Use F6 and then xforcevesa as a generic safe graphics mode.
I found that as well and didn't find the xforcevesa on any of my installation discs. So I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04.02 (I had Kubuntu 10.04) and it didn't have a boot menu at all (at least nowhere that I could press F6 like the other installations) but, it worked!! Now I'm just downloading the KDE environment. Thanks for the replies!
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iPwn,

I will have to look into this some. I am not an expert by any means but I should be able to find out something that will point you in the right direction. If I may can you tell me if you would like to run Ubuntu, or Fedora more, this will help me narrow down the search parameters.

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