Ubuntu – Drops to BusyBox, but can continue upon exiting


So I just installed 11.10 on my Dell Precision T5500 from the live cd. The live cd worked fine, but when I attempt to boot from hard drive I end up at the BusyBox prompt. However, if I simply type "exit" and Enter it continues booting and I get the Ubuntu graphical login screen. How do I fix things so I don't stop at the BusyBox prompt?

I found an interesting similar problem at http://samiux.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/howto-avoid-to-drop-to-busybox-in-ubuntu-810/, but can't exactly implement the solution since the /boot/grub/menu.lst file doesn't appear to exist in 11.10.

Any ideas? It would be nice to be able to reboot my system remotely.

Best Answer

  • You can try the solution you found by editing /etc/default/grub instead; edit the line labelled GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and run sudo update-grub to make the changes take effect.

    You should end up with something like

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash bootdelay=90"

    This has the same effect as editing menu.lst (actually, it's now called grub.cfg) but in a way that the Ubuntu packages understand, so when a kernel or grub gets updated, the changes will persist. You generally don't want to be editing the grub config manually.