On October 18, 2007, the newest distribution of Ubuntu (Version 7.10, code named “Gutsy Gibbon”) was released, and I downloaded the ubuntu-7.10-desktop-i386.iso image and, after checking the MD5 checksum, burned it to CD. I was able to use this Live CD to boot into the new version and install it on the Dell 4100 system I have here at home. Because the checksum of the downloaded image verified and the Live CD works on my Dell system, I know there is nothing wrong with the CD itself. I took the screen shot at the right showing the desktop with the included program, Tomboy, on the screen. (If you click on the image above, a larger version will open and you can read the two open windows to learn what a neat little utility Tomboy is.)
So having succeeded in installing this new version on the Dell, I decided that I’d boot the Live CD on my Sony system where I have my Windows XP installation to consider adding a Linux partition alongside my XP partition on the Sony machine, but that’s where I ran into a brick wall.
On my Sony machine when I try to boot from the Live CD, I get a screen where I can choose to boot into the Live CD and then briefly there is an Ubuntu splash screen, after which the screen goes black and I get some text from BusyBox that says:
initramfs) [ 53.053436] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 cdb 0x0 daa 4096 in
This same exception keeps repeating and then the same command is reissued and I supposed it would go on indefinitely. I have tried this multiple times, always with the same result. I must power off the machine to stop it, remove the CD and then reboot into Windows. The Live CD just won’t seem to load on my Sony machine.
There are, of course, many differences between the two machines, and I suppose any one of them could account for what is causing the problem. If you happen to have an idea about what my problem may be, I would appreciate your leaving a comment and pointing me to a resource on the Ubuntu forums or elsewhere that might direct me to a solution.
Thanks for your help and advice.