On October 21st I posted here about the fact that I couldn’t boot from the recently released Live CD version 7.10 of Ubuntu, the so-called Gutsy Gibbon. That post attracted more comment than any other ever has on this blog as others reported that they too had encountered the same problem. One of those who responded was Tomcat–TC since he too was having the problem. Earlier today, Tomcat–TC reported back that he had found a solution that worked for him, and as the screen shot at the right demonstrates, I have just proven to myself that it works for me too. For the first time, I was able to boot from the Gutsy Gibbon Live CD on this, my Sony machine.
Previously I had encountered the error message with the Live CD after I selected the default option to load or install Ubuntu. However, on that initial screen one of the options, evoked by pressing F6, is to modify the command line before executing the boot up command. Tomcat–TC suggested that I simply add the following parameter all_generic_ide to the boot command line after the words quiet splash and just before the two final dashes. When you press F6 the cursor is at the end of that line and you can use the arrow keys to move it so that it is positioned after the words quiet splash and make the additional entry. After doing that, I simply pressed enter and eventually the CD booted up into the Ubuntu environment.
As you can see if you click on the screen shot above and view a larger version of it, there is an icon on the desktop to install the operating system if you choose. I decided to do that, but there I encountered another problem. There are seven steps in that installation before you actually commit to begin the installation. The first few are designed to identify the language, the time zone and the type of keyboard you are using. Thereafter, the partitioner is initiated to find the hard drives on the system and provide you the option of specifying where to install the operating system. All of that went well, except that during the process of examining the installed hard drives it found no existing file system. Since I didn’t want to kill my Windows XP installation by installing over it, I canceled the installation and will go back to the drawing board.
I have no idea why this CD doesn’t see the existing file system. Maybe someone who reads and responds to this post will be able to suggest how I might get it to see my Windows installation. However, even if they don’t, encountering that problem doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for having learned the solution to the mystery of how to get the newly released Gutsy Gibbon Live CD to boot on my system nor does it lessen my appreciation to Tomcat–TC for his reporting back the results of his investigation and the resolution to the problem.