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I need help with my Ubuntu 11.0.4!!!! Answered

I need help with Ubuntu!!! Whenever I boot into ubuntu, the pc makes strange clicking noises and gives me an error screen that contains things such as "FAT32 PREFIX NOT SET" and then "(hd0,0)". Afterwards it quickly transitions into :"GNU GRUB Version 1.99~rcl-13ubuntu3" with a command line under starting with "grub>_". It then has a paragraph consisting of "Minimal BASH-like editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device or file completions." The first time it happened, I re-installed Ubuntu, and it worked for a while. It then happened again, so I re-installed hoping this would be the last time. Now it has happened again and I really don't want to re-install everything again.I am new to Ubuntu, and not as computer-experienced as the true "techies", so I was wondering if anybody could help! Thanks for your time! I tried opening BIOS and restoring the factory defaults, but it had absolutely no effect at all. The computer is an HP Media Center PC m495C (several years old). Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read this!



6 years ago

The clicking suggests to me that you have a bad hard drive. I would recommend you replace it and reload ubuntu. You are lucky because most of the hard drives that I have that make this noise are totally dead.


7 years ago

The clicking is known as the "click of death," and basically means your hard-drive is dead or dying, which would explain the errors you're getting. I recommend booting from a Linux live-disc, and copying everything possible to an external drive.

Then replace the drive.