Hello, install issues off a live boot cd.

Asked by jennifer schmueckle

Hello, I am wondering how come i am unable to install Ubuntu to my hard drive, from the live boot CD a friend of mine gave to me. i cant even have the operating system on the computer except through the live boot CD. when i remove the live boot CD; My Laptop acts like its trying to load . Loading "Grub" stages 1 through 5. Then A "error Grub 18 " And nothing happens. I am only able to boot up with CD.
 I have tried to install a few times . looks like I have installed several operating systems . I would like one operating system I can use with out having to use a live boot disk . can you please help me thank you.
P.S. How can iI reformat the hard disk to have a clean install

Thank You Very much.
Jennifer S

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Did s/he MD5 test the ISO burned?
Did s/he burn the CD slowly?
Did you check the CD for defects once booted to?

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arochester (arochester) said :

How much RAM memory does the computer have?

The "Desktop disk=LiveCD and takes over 350Mb to install. The "Alternate disk" is a straight install and takes only 64Mb to install.

 If the Desktop doesn't work, try the Alternate...

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Abel Deuring (adeuring) said :

This sounds like bug 379348. And a comment in bug 386369 might help you work around the problem.

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Jeremy Foshee (jeremyfoshee) said :

Here is a bit of reading on the error you encountered (if you are interested). http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/GRUB#Error_18

There are some BIOS that read a disk differently than Linux does. It is entirely possible that this is one possibility for what you have encountered. Is this a machine that has Microsoft Windows installed? I have seen some occurrences of this issue on machines that already have windows. Was this an effort to dual boot windows?

The bugs mentioned by Abel are relevant for the latter case. They would be good reading also to help understand this issue.


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delance (olivier-delance) said :

Did you succeed to go to end of install ?
If yes, could you run following script:
provide data about boot configuration

There is a standard script provided to analyse boot configuration.
 Could you download script at:


Then in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) run command:

    sudo bash boot_info_script055.sh

This will produce a file named: RESULTS.txt

Paste content of this file in http://paste.ubuntu.com/ and provide in this thread the link to Web page.
 Please don't post file directly in thread, else it will make thread difficult to read.

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