Ubuntu 12.04 boot hang after installation on Dell Precision T1650

Asked by Trond Solli on 2012-07-19

On a Dell Precision T1650 with Windows preinstalled and a 1GB internal hardware striped RAID, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop 32bit (and later 64bit - same behaviour). I chose overwriting previous Windows installation and using the whole disk.

Problem 1 (solved):
The installer did not manage to install the boot loader, but the 2nd option explained at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair did work, so new system could be loaded.

Problem 2:
The installed system hangs during boot - console messages below:

fsck from util-linux 2.20.1
/dev/mapper/isw_dgbjagjjid_ARRAY0p1: clean, 181683/600064 files, 4527408/240010176 blocks
* Starting mDNS/DNS-SD daemon [ok]
* Starting bluetooth daemon [ok]
* Starting configure network device security [ok]
* Starting network connection manager [ok]
* Starting CUPS printing spooler/server [ok]
  ..hang..

Has anyone any clue on this?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#1

What video chip do you use?

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Trond Solli (trond-solli) said :
#2

Graphics : 512MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 300 (DMS59) (DMS59 to 2DVI adapter) (ULGA10)
Processor : One Intel Xeon E3-1290 v2 (3.70GHz, 8MB, QC)

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#3

Try the boot option:

nouveau.blacklist=1

Should help

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Trond Solli (trond-solli) said :
#4

Tried this, but it does not help - only changed the font at splash screen.

The problem does not seem to be related to the graphics, because the Ubutnu splash show up and can be toggled on/off by the Esc-key. The boot seems normal until it stops after starting CUPS with [ok] status (at least according to the console and /var/log/boot).

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#5

Have you tried booting to root recovery mode with networking and getting fully updated?

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Trond Solli (trond-solli) said :
#6

Thanks!

I started network in recovery mode and afterwards manually set the hostname and edited /etc/resolv.conf in a root shell. Only after these steps the recovery command dpkg would work. Then after updating the packages with dpkg the system booted as expected.