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Init problem

By Compfool
Feb 26, 2009
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  1. I just downloaded Ubuntu on my Windows Vista computer, whenever I try to start it up it claims that init is not found and that I should try init=bootarg. I have no idea what that means. Thanks in advance.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    see this boot description

    sounds like /etc/inittab is missing; try booting with init=1 which will give you Single User Mode.
  3. Compfool

    Compfool TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay that did not help me because all that page tells me is how to edit it using Red Hat/Fedora. I can't even get into the Ubuntu side of my computer. Are there any other suggestions or can anyone tell me if i am just not getting it?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    did this system EVER Boot correctly?
  5. Compfool

    Compfool TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Actually it did. The first time I downloaded it I was not used to the keyboard, this being a new laptop, and I accidentally typed the password in wrong. I have no idea how I typed it the same those two times, although I could not figure it out so I left, went to the Vista side, uninstalled it, and reinstalled it. I am sorry I did not give you this information I forgot about it with all my other frustrations lately.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    ok, when you did the second install, did you rewrite (or save) the boot loader -- and which one did yo choose: Grub would be the default, but many still use LILO
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