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Ubuntu 10.4 Server install fails on VMWare Fusion 3.1.3 (OS X Lion)

My team and I have been unable to install Ubuntu 10.4 as a guest on VMWare Fusion 3.1.3 under OS X Lion. The newly-installed OS fails to boot. We have tested this on several different Macs, and the problem is 100% reproducible. Ubuntu 10.4 VMs that were previously created under Snow Leopard continue to work fine.

Here’s the install procedure we’ve been following:

Create a new VM using OS disk image: ubuntu-11.04-server-amd64.iso

Do not use use Easy Install.

Memory: 1024MB

Removed USB controller

Removed serial port

Added second Network Adapter: Bridged

Launch the VM, and the Ubuntu install wizard starts up.

F4 to set install mode: Install a minimum virtual machine

Partitioning: Format primary partition as ReiserFS

When prompted to select packages, choose OpenSSH only.

(Take a VM snapshot at the “Finish the installation” prompt for good measure.)

When prompted to eject installation media, switch VM to “Using Physical CD/DVD Drive”.

First OS boot attempt:

GRUB bootloader is briefly visible (shoing normal and recovery boot mode options), then black screen.

Shutdown VM, then second OS boot attempt:

GRUB prompts for boot mode. Select normal Ubuntu boot.

mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/6615f71a-26d2-4493-aadc-5c7c7ef9fcc on /root failed: No such device

mount: mounting /dev/ on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory

mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory

Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init

No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.

BusyBox v1.17.1 (Unbuntu 1:1.17.1-10ubtuntu1) built-in shell (ash)

Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.


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