Wubi preinstalled image first boot should use 'quiet splash'

Bug #862007 reported by bcbc on 2011-09-29
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone

Bug Description

It's a bit of a shock that the first boot goes straight into the debug output. Moreso because:
1. on windows 7 the boot manager is defaulted to boot straight to Ubuntu on the first boot so the user hasn't actually "selected" Ubuntu.
2. there is nothing like e.g. on the ISO install method you get a countdown offering to hit ESC for more options and then a quiet splash kernel load followed by the slideshow.

No, instead upon reboot you immediately get this flood of meaningless gobbledygook (not trying to be overly dramatic, but even after seeing it many times before it was a bit of a shock).

My recommendation: add 'quiet splash' to the boot options for the first load. Also, if possible an opportunity to 'hit ESC' to provide some kernel boot overrides.

Related branches

tags: added: iso-testing
StewVed (stewved) wrote :

I second the idea of tidying up the first boot if Wubi uses an Image - a screen full of lines of what is going on may be useful as a guide to what is going on, but it is in no way professional/polished looking - Ideally a nice dedicated boot screen saying "Configuring Ubuntu..." or something with a progressbar would be splendid, though failing that, the "-quiet splash" as bcbc suggested would also be good. The "meaningless gobbledygook" should only be shown if there is an error of some kind.

In an interesting thing that someone with more bandwith could check (Until we can use a local iso/pre-installed image (tar.xz)), would be the Windoes 7 boot manager defaulting to Ubuntu. Using wubi-r236.exe --32, for me, using XP it downloaded the daily 32-bit iso correctly (http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/20110928/oneiric-desktop-i386.iso direct link, not the torrent as it couldn't find it), and the boot manager was WinXP as default, then Ubuntu below it as I've always had it.

Perhaps bcbc set Ubuntu as the default OS in a previous install/test, and somehow even though Wubi deleted Ubuntu from Window's bootloader list, when a new Wubi installed, Ubuntu got put back wherever it was in the boot list? - Might be worth looking into.

bcbc (bcbc) wrote :

The default only happens in Vista/7, not XP. It's not actually setting Ubuntu as the default, just it boots Ubuntu directly the 1st time. Thereafter you get the normal option with Windows as the default.


StewVed (stewved) wrote :

thats a kool feature! I suppose XP's bootloader is too old to do something similar for it.

Could Wubi make a not of the default OS and order of other OSs, then change the Default OS to Ubuntu, then when Ubuntu loads up, locate XP's Bootloader file and change it back perhaps?

There are a small but regular number of users that install wubi but end up
with the boot manager timeout set at zero (i.e. boots straight into
Windows). So for these users they would be stuck in Wubi if someone set the
default OS to Ubuntu.

Interestingly this happens on Win7 too - so I expect these people would boot
Ubuntu the first time and thereafter nothing... until they go looking for

tags: added: rls-mgr-o-tracking
Evan (ev) on 2011-10-06
Changed in wubi:
status: New → Fix Released
To post a comment you must log in.
This report contains Public information  Edit
Everyone can see this information.

Other bug subscribers