October 12, 2011 9:44 PM Subscribe
I have a Toshiba laptop that seems to no longer like booting various linux os's. Ideas for how to fix it?
posted by mannequito to Technology (16 answers total)
So about a month ago this computer, which had been happily running Kubuntu for years, wouldn't boot. I believe the message was something along the lines of 'no init found, try bootarg'. I googled around and it seemed that other people had had this problem with that particular version (it was an old disc of Karmic Koala). So I finally had time earlier this week to burn a copy of the latest Kubuntu - same problem. Now I've also tried regular Ubuntu as well as Debian Squeeze. In all 3 cases, the os's install and work fine, but when I reboot I get a variation on the same message.
I guess I could try something that's not Debian based but I'm really not interested in relearning Linux. And if its a choice between Windows or a new computer, I'll happily drop the $ on a new machine.
The laptop itself is approaching 4 years and has seen a lot of use and travel, so its entirely possible that its just at the end of its life, just looking for suggestions of what I could try before giving up. Thanks guys.