Thursday, 8 January 2009

Ubuntu on MS Virtual Machine (FIX)

To install

- At the prompt, press F4 and select “Safe graphics mode”.
- Then press F6 and delete the part that says “quiet splash –” and replace it with “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt”.

Once installed

1. Install Ubuntu 8.04
2. When Ubuntu is up and running you will need to make the “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt” fix permanent.
3. If you have installed Ubuntu and have not yet rebooted the OS, go to step 10. Else continue with step 4.

4. Press ESC quickly when you reboot. You should drop to a command mode interface.
5. Select “Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic” from the menu and press “e” to edit.
6. Select “kernel /boot/” etc, from the menu and press “e” to edit.
7. Add “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt” after “quiet splash” so the end of the line now reads “quiet splash vga=791 noreplace-paravirt xforcvesa”.
8. Press ENTER to finish the edit and then “b” to boot the system.
9. Ubuntu should come up with no problems. Log in with your username and password.

10. To make the fix permanent, open the Terminal window from the Applications/Accessories menu.
11. Type the command “sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst” and press ENTER.
12. You will be prompted for your password. Enter it and press ENTER.
13. The Text Editor will then open. Add the same “vga=791 noreplace-paravirt” after “quiet splash” in about the 15th line from the bottom of the file.
14. Save the file and restart the system. Ubuntu should start with no problems.


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