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New working Toshiba Laptop after Ubuntu install has NO power on two USB hubs

Asked by cshannon1077 on 2010-03-20

I have NO Power on my USB ports now. Both my standard optical usb mouse and my wireless mouse do not work.
This is a new laptop running windows 7 that I just installed Ubuntu on. The lights do not come on on either device indicating no power. I'm able to use the built in slider pad for mouse, but this stinks... What now? Thanks!

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cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #1

question 3687 command prompts brought no useable data back.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #2

ran system tests.
XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
Location: file:///home/chris/.cache/checkbox/submission.xml
Line Number 5753, Column 61:Checking if it's possible to run Compiz on your system... [SKIP]
------------------------------------------------------------^

delance (olivier-delance) said : #3

Can you provide the result of command "lsusb" ?

Have you tried some boot options:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #5

chris@chris-laptop:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
chris@chris-laptop:~$

And Boot Options doesn't seem to offer me anything
My wireless internet light is on, but nowhere do I find search for available wireless networks so I can add mine.

Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C network

This will identify the network devices, you can search for the product line identifying the device and find guides

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #7

chris@chris-laptop:~$ sudo lshw -C network
[sudo] password for chris:
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 02
       serial: 00:26:6c:41:ed:f2
       size: 100MB/s
       capacity: 100MB/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.107.102 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
       resources: irq:35 ioport:4000(size=256) memory:d3110000-d3110fff(prefetchable) memory:d3100000-d310ffff(prefetchable) memory:d3120000-d313ffff(prefetchable)
  *-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       version: 10
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: ioport:3000(size=256) memory:d9100000-d9103fff
chris@chris-laptop:~$

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #8

meanwhile I discovered Update manager had 247 updates for me, so perhaps that will help?

I'd say so, can you also give the output of:

lspci

Thanks

delance (olivier-delance) said : #10

For what I know, each USB device detected should get at least 100mA.
Can you confirm you have at same time:
   - no power indicator on devices (mouse and keyboard)
   - both devices detected by Ubuntu (lsusb) ?

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #11

chris@chris-laptop:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Arrandale DRAM Controller (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Arrandale PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 02)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 05)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 05)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0a75 (rev a2)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0be3 (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8172 (rev 10)
04:00.0 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e822 (rev 01)
04:00.1 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e230 (rev 01)
04:00.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e852 (rev 01)
04:00.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd Device e832 (rev 01)
3f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
3f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
3f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
3f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
3f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 2d12 (rev 02)
3f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 2d13 (rev 02)
chris@chris-laptop:~$ ^C
chris@chris-laptop:~$

chris@chris-laptop:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
chris@chris-laptop:~$
I do not know what this is showing,but I would guess two usb busses.

In case it is not clear, everything has always functioned in Windows 7.
No change with the newest patches applied.

What windows does or doesn't do is moot

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8172

is the identifier, its a realtek 8172
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1367871

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #13

the reference to windows was that alll hardware works there fine.
After more research, I decide to try two options.
1. I tested USB on a Ubuntu trial run from the CD. Same results. NO POWER on devices.
2. I loaded 64 bit Ubuntu. Same results. No Power.

During boot up, I get the red lights to come on in the Logitech USB mouse, and they stay on until after the login password. Then when Ubuntu is loading more program info the power goes off.

More Ideas please?
I appreciate everyone's help so far.
I'm going to try to resolve the wireless next while waiting for more help on the usb.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #14

I have also plugged several other USB devices into different USB ports and no lights come on. I do get a momentary light and beep from my card reader, but it never stays on like it should. When I plug in my Ipod, it displays "charging please wait" very dimly and only show a small amount of charge guessing a value of 20 percent in the battery, which goes out when I unplug the usb plug. It appears there is some voltage there, but it also appears software does not correctly recognize it as the device manager shows USB Version ??????.?? connected at ??????.?? Mbit/s.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #15

I've spent most of the day trying all the different suggestions to install/configure the wireless network with no luck. I would get unlisted errors at various stages, so I have no idea what processes actually finished, and what did not. I do know that there is no wireless network configured, and I am unable to configure one. I guess I can scratch enabling wireless off the list for linux as it it too hard and will not work out of the box. If no one can answer the USB problem either, then I guess I'll write off linux and too hard for out of the box usb also.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #16

chris@chris-laptop:~$ lshw
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
chris-laptop
    description: Computer
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: vsyscall64 vsyscall32
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       physical id: 0
     *-memory
          description: System memory
          physical id: 0
          size: 4992MiB
     *-cpu
          product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 1
          bus info: cpu@0
          size: 1199MHz
          capacity: 1199MHz
          width: 64 bits
          capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp x86-64 constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology tsc_reliable nonstop_tsc pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm ida arat tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid cpufreq
     *-pci:0
          description: Host bridge
          product: Arrandale DRAM Controller
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: Arrandale PCI Express x16 Root Port
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
             resources: irq:29 ioport:5000(size=4096) memory:d2000000-d30fffff ioport:c0000000(size=301989888)
           *-display UNCLAIMED
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: nVidia Corporation
                vendor: nVidia Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                version: a2
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:d2000000-d2ffffff memory:c0000000-cfffffff(prefetchable) memory:d0000000-d1ffffff(prefetchable) ioport:5000(size=128) memory:d3080000-d30fffff(prefetchable)
           *-multimedia UNCLAIMED
                description: Audio device
                product: nVidia Corporation
                vendor: nVidia Corporation
                physical id: 0.1
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
                version: a1
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:d3000000-d3003fff
        *-communication UNCLAIMED
             description: Communication controller
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 16
             bus info: pci@0000:00:16.0
             version: 06
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:db106100-db10610f
        *-usb:0
             description: USB Controller
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1a
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:5 memory:db105c00-db105fff
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1b
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
             version: 05
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=0
             resources: irq:11 memory:db100000-db103fff
        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
             resources: irq:30 ioport:4000(size=4096) memory:da100000-db0fffff ioport:d3100000(size=16777216)
           *-network
                description: Ethernet interface
                product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                logical name: eth0
                version: 02
                serial: 00:26:6c:41:ed:f2
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI ip=192.168.107.100 latency=0 multicast=yes
                resources: irq:35 ioport:4000(size=256) memory:d3110000-d3110fff(prefetchable) memory:d3100000-d310ffff(prefetchable) memory:d3120000-d313ffff(prefetchable)
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
             resources: irq:31 ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:d9100000-da0fffff ioport:d4100000(size=16777216)
           *-network UNCLAIMED
                description: Network controller
                product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                version: 10
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: ioport:3000(size=256) memory:d9100000-d9103fff
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
             resources: irq:32 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:d8100000-d90fffff ioport:d5100000(size=16777216)
           *-generic:0
                description: SD Host controller
                product: Ricoh Co Ltd
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
                version: 01
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=0
                resources: irq:11 memory:d8100a00-d8100aff
           *-generic:1 UNCLAIMED
                description: System peripheral
                product: Ricoh Co Ltd
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 0.1
                bus info: pci@0000:04:00.1
                version: 01
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:d8100900-d81009ff
           *-generic:2 UNCLAIMED
                description: System peripheral
                product: Ricoh Co Ltd
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 0.2
                bus info: pci@0000:04:00.2
                version: 01
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:d8100800-d81008ff
           *-firewire
                description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                product: Ricoh Co Ltd
                vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                physical id: 0.3
                bus info: pci@0000:04:00.3
                version: 01
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=ohci1394 latency=0
                resources: irq:10 memory:d8100000-d81007ff
        *-pci:4
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.4
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.4
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
             resources: irq:33 ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:d7100000-d80fffff ioport:d6100000(size=16777216)
        *-usb:1
             description: USB Controller
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:10 memory:db105800-db105bff
        *-pci:5
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1e
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
             version: a5
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-storage
             description: SATA controller
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
             version: 05
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: storage bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
             resources: irq:34 ioport:6048(size=8) ioport:6054(size=4) ioport:6040(size=8) ioport:6050(size=4) ioport:6020(size=32) memory:db105000-db1057ff
        *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 05
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:db106000-db1060ff ioport:6000(size=32)
        *-generic UNCLAIMED
             description: Signal processing controller
             product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.6
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.6
             version: 05
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:db104000-db104fff
     *-pci:1
          description: Host bridge
          product: QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 101
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:00.0
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:2
          description: Host bridge
          product: QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 102
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:00.1
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:3
          description: Host bridge
          product: QPI Link 0
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 103
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:02.0
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:4
          description: Host bridge
          product: QPI Physical 0
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 104
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:02.1
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:5
          description: Host bridge
          product: Intel Corporation
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 105
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:02.2
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:6
          description: Host bridge
          product: Intel Corporation
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 106
          bus info: pci@0000:3f:02.3
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
chris@chris-laptop:~$

chris@chris-laptop:~$ sudo lshw -C network
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 02
       serial: 00:26:6c:41:ed:f2
       size: 100MB/s
       capacity: 100MB/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.107.100 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
       resources: irq:35 ioport:4000(size=256) memory:d3110000-d3110fff(prefetchable) memory:d3100000-d310ffff(prefetchable) memory:d3120000-d313ffff(prefetchable)
  *-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       version: 10
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: ioport:3000(size=256) memory:d9100000-d9103fff
chris@chris-laptop:~$

chris@chris-laptop:~$ lspci | grep Network
03:00.0 Network controller:Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8172 (rev 10)
chris@chris-laptop:~$

delance (olivier-delance) said : #17

I ask myself if current Linux kernel has problems with your motherboard.

1) When Grub runs (i.e. when you are asked to choose between Windows and Ubuntu), can you use the keyboard and mouse ?
2) When you installed Ubuntu, did you use the keyboard and mouse ?
3) When you use Ubuntu Live-CD, can you use the keyboard and mouse ?
4) Do you have many Linux kernels available at Grub ? If yes, try another kernel.

If my questions looks "stupid", it means I don't understand the situation. In this case, can you make a summary of history since installation and current situation.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #18

No problem.
This is a Toshiba Satellite A505 S6020 so slightly beefier than this stock model.
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=463911&tab=features&top=true
It has been running fine so all hardware works. Built in finger mouse pad (which is all I can use in Linux) and keyboard.
I plug in a Microsoft wireless mouse which has a usb receiver and works fine on several computers.
I downloaded Ubuntu, burnt a CD and loaded it. I have dual boot which now has 6 Ubuntu choices. 3 images and 2 grubs each.
First image I downloaded on wireless on this laptop. Second image I downloaded on LAN from my desktop (thinking this first image may have been flawed.) Third image is the 64 bit image which I realized I did not have and perhaps needed because it is a 64 bit machine.
On Power up, with an externally plugged in USB mouse, I get the red laser light during the grub choice, but it does not function.
I now get a root or terminal type login screen next and the power goes off. No user name/password combo of my user has worked yet, and the message also includes tty01. Then I now get a USB error for each of the USB channels. This only started happening since adding the 64 bit image and after the first load of updates. So perhaps something in the software is alarming it has a usb problem?
Eventually I do get Ubuntu to start and I get the usual login screen.
Next question I have is can I get rid of one of the sets of grubs (like the first)?
I think the second grub with each is recovery mode. I just realized I never did try that before. Trying that I see the usb error is
"usb 1-1: device not acceptiing address 3, error -110 //address 4 // 5
 usb 2-1; device not accepting address 2.3.4.5, error -110
 hub 2-0:1.0 unable to enumerate usb device on port 1"

This time I got the login on tty01 and it took my user name/password. This leaves me at a terminal prompt. No GUI.
Any way of getting rid of this login prompt during boot and just loading Unbuntu GUI?

delance (olivier-delance) said : #19

It seems that during boot of Linux kernel, it tries to enumerate the devices on USB bus, it see at least one device but fails to give it an address.
If it fails with both mouse, it can't be a mouse problem.
So I think the kernel is unable to manage USB chip on motherboard.
Wireless problem is yet known on "Toshiba Satellite A505" (Realtek RTL8172/8192)
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On the Web, this computer is a nightmare for all Linux Distro.
Only one happy guy, who installed alpha version of Lucid (10.4).
Usually, I will not advise you to use alpha version, but I presume your hardware is very new, and is only managed by last Ubuntu version.
So you can download alpha Lucid at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/beta-1/ (beta replaced alpha)
or wait a little the official 10.04 next month.

cshannon1077 (cshannon1077) said : #20

Thanks very much. I can easily wait a month. If desperate, I'll load Lucid.