Lubuntu long boot on Inspiron 1525


I installed Lubuntu 18.04, the LXDE variant of Ubuntu, on an old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. It worked, but every bootup would take several long minutes.


Turns out that this is a known problem for this Dell laptop reported here. I followed these steps:

  • Opened Grub config file:
$ sudo vi /etc/default/grub
  • Change the Grub commandline option to be:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=SVIDEO-1:d"
  • Update Grub and reboot:
$ sudo update-grub
$ sudo reboot

Boot time dropped dramatically to about a minute after this change.

No medium found error with Lubuntu


I was trying to install Lubuntu 18.04, the LXDE variants of Ubuntu, on an old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. After booting from a thumbdrive and choosing to Install Lubuntu, there were hundreds of lines of this output:

/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sr0: No medium found

At the end of that, it ends by dropping to the Busybox initramfs shell prompt.


Thanks to this Ubuntu bug report, I tried one of these solutions: the moment the above line started printing, I yanked out the thumbdrive and plugged it back into a different USB port. This laptop has 4 USB ports, so I was able to do this easily. Once I did that the error prints stopped and the install proceeded.