Ubuntu won't boot on HP desktop

Bug #172788 reported by ChrisTomalty on 2007-11-29
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Bug Description

On an HP (x86) desktop, the BIOS can't find the boot disc. It was installed with the official Live CD, and the BIOS and boot flags on partitions have been checked. This is all by computer technicians. Unfortunately, details as to the nature of the bug is vague, as the only symptom is the same as if there was no bootable OS.

Can you give more details about the system Ubuntu was installed on?

* Specific computer model
* Ubuntu version installed

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

Also, is your CD drive firmly connected at all its cables?

This is Ubuntu 7.10 from the Live CD.

The CD drive is connected properly as we can run the Live CD perfectly but the problem comes at boot.

As for specific computer version, I can't give you that. I asked the technical director and not even he knows. It's just kinda mashed together.

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

Is your BIOS up-to-date? and is it set to boot your CD first?

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to "New". Thanks again!

Gary (gary-baker) wrote :

I'm experiencing this same problem on an HP pavilion a1320 desktop. It won't recognize the feisty live cd as bootable. The same CD works on two other machines that I have but not the HP.

Just to be sure that it's not something screwy in the boot order I went so far as to remov the hard disk from the boot order and it came up with the no bootable OS found error.

BIOS version is 3.24, which is the latest.

Here's the info on the CD that I'm using....

$ ls -la ubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso
-rw-r--r-- 1 xxxx xxxx 732909568 2009-05-24 16:42 ubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso
$ md5sum ubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso
66fa77789c7b8ff63130e5d5a272d67b ubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Invalid → New
description: updated
summary: - Ubuntu won't boot on desktop
+ Ubuntu won't boot on HP desktop
ana (anabelle) wrote :

Does any other bootable CD work?

Another distro maybe?

I own an HP myself and had problems with the drive.

Can you please report the result of

lshal | grep DVD | grep info.product

or if its CD only replace "DVD" in the above command with CD

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to New. Thanks again!.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Ervin Nemesszeghy (ervinn) wrote :

I have the same issue, can not boot Ubuntu 11.10.
I am using USB bootable drive. The USB drive works on other Toshiba PC.
I have HP Pavilion a1320n desktop PC.

It start booting, but getting the following error:
] ACPI: Core revision 20110413
] trace: allocating 24885 entries in 49 pages
] Enabling APIC mode: Flat using 1ICO APICS
] .. TIMER: vector=0 x 30 apic=0 pin1=0 apic2=-1 pin2=-1
] .. MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected
] ... trying to set up timer (IRQ0) throught the 8259(A) ...
] .... (found apic 0 pin0 ) ....
] ....... failed.
] ... trying to set up timer as EXTINT IRQ
] ....... failed
] Kernal panic - not syncing: IO-APIC + timer doesn't work? Boot with apic=debug and send report. Then try booting with noapic option.

Why it can not access Timer?
How to boot with noapic option?
Help would be appropriated.
Thanks

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