I'm trying to install Ubuntu on a wiped drive and for some reason when i choose the install option, it goes to the BusyBox built in shell. Can anyone tell me why it would do that and how to get to the regular install?
this is probably because i'm not using sata drives, i'm using IDE drives
I faced this problem quite some time ago ( on a normal system) - Used this workaround
At the LiveCD initial boot screen:
- Select F6 for more options
- Add the following option to the beginning of the options list:
- Press enter to start booting. Ubuntu will start booting, but kick you out to a command prompt
- At the prompt type these two commands:
- You will now boot into the LiveCD normally
Thanks to UbuntuForums, I had this delicious'd
This is almost always due to a fatal error during the boot process. Does this happen once you boot of a fresh install, or does it happen when booting from the live cd?
At first, the internet actually does not seem to be that helpful for this error. I kept getting the same problem a while back, and I never figured how to fix it. But alas, do not give up!
Assuming the live CD works, try booting from it and mount the 'broken' install as the root (where
hda1 is the 'name' of the hard drive):
mkdir ~/Desktop/harddrive sudo mount -rw /dev/hda1 ~/Desktop/harddrive sudo chroot ~/Desktop/harddrive sudo aptitude reinstall ubuntu-minimal
Hopefull, this will reinstall the base ubuntu system.
Boot failures on systems with Intel D945 motherboards
Users have reported slower than normal detection of SATA hard drives on systems with Intel D945 motherboards in Ubuntu 9.04. This may cause the system to drop to a busybox initramfs shell on boot with a "Gave up waiting for root device." error. Wait a minute or two and then exit the initramfs shell by typing
exit. Booting should proceed normally. If it doesn't, wait a bit longer and try again. Once the system boots, edit
rootdelay=90to the kernel stanza for your current kernel. (Bug 290153)