Linux 5.1 Live on my Compaq Armada M300 laptop. Today, I'm ready to hurl the entire
infernal contraption through the nearest window (conveniently located
about three feet behind me).
Didn't take long, did it?
The problem, you see, is that when Ubuntu finishes what it generously
calls its boot process and makes its cute little musical chime, all I'm
left with is a strange, blank-white screen. I can force the screen to
dissipate with a [CTRL]+[ALT]+[BACKSPACE] command—which I found
through sheer, stupid, trial and error—but I'm then presented with a
text readout of the boot process that ends with this phrase:
xscreensaver-command: no screensaver is running on display :0.0
Now, when I try to [CTRL]+[ALT]+[BACKSPACE] earlier in the boot
process, I get the same result for about one second, then the white
screen reappears. Once I'm on the text screen, I can type anything I
want, to no effect. No commands are effective, not even a simple clear
command. All I can do from this position is [CTRL]+[ALT]+[DEL], which
prompts a new series of declarations that ends with instructions to
remove the live disk (the drive tray then pops open) and press enter.
The machine then reboots as normal.
The last declaration before the boot process hangs and I can clear the white screen is this phrase:
* Checking battery state...
Now, this is a hand-me-down laptop with an almost certainly useless
battery, so I'm wondering if the bootstrap process is searching for
some kind of hardware feedback from the battery, is unable to find it,
and thus simply hangs during boot. If so, what boot parameter do I need
to input to prevent this from happening? If it isn't the battery, what
is the likely cause, and again, what boot parameters will solve it?
I've posted this whole shebang into Tech Q&A so the TR community at
large can mock...er, help me with the issue. 498 useless TechPoints
are up for whoever can get this n00b past his latest hurdle. Tune in
next time to see if I can solve it.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.