Kubuntu 11.04 Upgrade “no init found. try passing init= bootarg”

Hi there,

yesterday I did a small dist upgrade that actually bricked my system. The only thing I was able to reach was busybox which told me after invoking “sh init”

mount none failed for /dev, device busy
mount none failed for /sys, device busy

Booting from a Live CD showed that I was indeed able to mount the partitions without any trouble. Invoking update-grub or update-initramfs did’t improve the situation.

What finally worked was to disable the raid autodetect in grub:


Thanks to that my system boots and I can finally work again on some real stuff 🙂


Die Wand muss weg!

Vor 2 Wochen war es soweit – mit Schlagbohrmaschine, Vorschlaghammer und Hacke gingen wir auf die Wand los. Das Team: Willi, Sara, Klaus (Vater von Sara) und ich.

Fotos sagen mehr als 1000 Worte:

Ein paar Ăśberraschungen gab es:

  • Man sollte nicht zu viel in ein Auto verladen – sonst nehmen einen die “normalen” Mistplätze in Wien nicht und man muss zur Deponie fahren die wiederum 69€ pro Tonne Bauschutt verlangt (die ganze Wand waren in etwa 4 Tonnen)
  • Auch wenn der Vorbesitzer sagt er hat ĂĽberall neue Kabeln eingezogen jedes Kabel prĂĽfen! Wir haben ein ganzes BĂĽndel alter Kabel entdeckt die verschiedenste Verwendungszwecke haben (Steckdose Wohnzimmer + KĂĽchenlicht + hintere Steckdose im Arbeitszimmer)
  • Ziegelwände gehen weit hinauf… (aber zum GlĂĽck nicht so weit wie befĂĽrchtet)
  • Gipskarton Platten findet man ĂĽberall (hier im alten TĂĽrstock)

An alle die mitgeholfen haben: DANKE! Ohne euch wäre es nicht gegangen – und ganz fertig sind wir ja eh noch nicht.


A1 Developer Challenge

Liebe(r) Michael Schramm,

die A1 Challenge for Apps 2010 steuert auf das große Finale zu. Im Rahmen des Prämierungseventswerden am 3. August 2010 aus den 78 eingereichten Österreich-Apps die Sieger gekürt.

Das Prämierungsevent findet am 3. August 2010 um 18.30 Uhr im A1 Shop – Mariahilfer Straße 60, 1060 Wien – statt.

Da Du Deine App erfolgreich eingereicht hast, möchten wir Dich herzlich zum Prämierungsevent einladen. Bitte melde Dich im Login-Bereich auf  www.a1innovations.at an. Die Anmeldung für den Prämierungsevent läuft bis Sonntag den 1. August um 23.59 Uhr MEZ.

Wir freuen uns jetzt schon auf Dich und sämtliche Gewinner …. und natürlich auf die Sieger-App für Österreich!

Dein A1 Challenge Team

jetzt bin ich schon gespannt ob meine App gut genug war / ist 🙂

Falls ihr sie noch nicht gesehen habt: http://code.google.com/p/railticket/ (fĂĽr Android)


Its working!

A few days ago I started to have problems with my nvidia graphics… Every reboot meant reinstalling nvidia drivers (almost every reboot)

Yesterday I just tought: well everything should be better with 2.6.35, why not give it a try? Doing that yesterday evening was a bad idea since the initramfs package was brocken. (I shouldn’t expect much more in the current ubuntu maveric repos)

Today the package was fixed and I can at least start the system. Right now I’m not using any Xorg file and have the screen running at 1920×1080. Unfortunately I fell the absence of 3d acceleration :(.

The MOST IMPORTANT step this time was to ditch grub2 in favor of grub1. This solved almost all problems with one try.

I’ll post more once I’ve found out anything else!


  • BAD: No sound


  • apt-get purge pulseaudio and sound is working again 🙂

Long day…

Hi there – today I switched to the and updated the nvidia driver to 195.36.31, till now everything seems to work + the temperature of the graphics card (in nvidia-settings) dropped from ~80°C to ~60°C!!! EDIT: I do not know wether it was my system but somehow it didn’t work after a reboot… With sudo apt-get install nvidia-current and an reinstallation of the nvidia driver it works again.

Besides that I found a really bad bug in a php package today:
if(sizeof($path)==0 || substr($path,-1)!="/") $path.="/";
that might look good in the first place but the moment you think about it you should realize it sets the path to / (root dir on Linux)…

To further mix stuff here is a Link to an exercise I had to do.

And the last part: if you’re interested in Android and live in Austria / or somewhere else and the railways system supports tickets by sms or a webservice, tell me! http://code.google.com/p/railticket/ << working on that one


My new Sony Vaio VPCZ11


Yesterday in the morning I got my new notebook – it’s a nice Sony Z 11 :). That one includes an i5, nvidia 330M, 6Gb memory, and 192Gb SSD (three with 64Gb).

First thing i did was to remove the includes windows 7. Next step was to install the current kubuntu 10.04 – that part was a bit troublesome but it’s working by now. Here a small howto to get it running (thanks to Frederik Questier):

  1. Download the current Kubuntu alternate installer and burn it to a cd or create  a bootable usb stick with the “usb-creator-kde”
  2. goto the bios and enable “show raid information”
  3. reboot the system and remove the raid
  4. start the setup (setup your partitions as you like)
  5. when you try to boot your system change the grub commandline from “quiet splash” to “nomodeset i8042.nopnp” (as far as i know to deactivate the intel graphics and enable the touchpad)
    nomodset is not to deactivate the intel graphics but to prevent black screens.
  6. add the repositories:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kernel-ppa/pre-proposed/ubuntu  karmic main

    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kernel-ppa/pre-proposed/ubuntu karmic main

    and install an older kernel with:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.31-20-generic linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-2.6.31-20-generic linux-headers-2.6.31-20-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.31-20-generic

  7. Kill the current X Server to install the latest Nvidia Driver. Download it from http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
  8. Update the Grub 2 Settings (/etc/defaults/grub) and change the line to: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”nomodeset i8042.nopnp”
  9. You can also change the GRUB_DEFAULT to (for me it was 4) the right entry of your Kernel
  10. Update the grub configuration with update-grub

Thats it for me 🙂

Now i have a running System including: Full HD Resulution + VGA (haven’t tested HDMI yet), Sound, CD/DVD Drive, WLan, LAN and Backlight of the Keyboard 🙂