December 18, 2011

How to solve inability to create Direct HAL device error (0x8876086) and ‘phantom’ Ubuntu bootup

Please forgive the length of this – I want to give as clear a picture as possible, in order to resolve the issues and get started with Ubuntu. I tried to install Ubuntu with Wubi and received the message An error occurred. No such file or directory. For more information, please see the log file. C;\users\****\appdata\local\temp\wubi-11.10-rev245.log This said (a): Ubuntu 11.10 installation error: Could not create DirectX HAL device (0x8876086) I then uninstalled the program, removed all remaining files and rebooted. On reboot I saw an option to use Ubuntu, but proceeded as normal with Windows 7. I checked that there were no left over items, created a system restore point and tried again to reinstall with Wubi Again, I received the same message. I tried to use System Restore rather than uninstall Ubuntu and noticed that the Recovery folder now stated: There is not enough space to restore the disk. I then did a Disk Cleanup – as a (novice’s) way of trying to see if the System Restore Recovery folder would have free space! – and rebooted The following message appeared: Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software chance might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer. 2. Choose your language settings and click "Next." 3. Click "repair your computer." The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible. \cUbuntu\winboot\wubildr-mdr 0xc000000f Ubuntu now appeared twice. I choose Windows 7 and then uninstalled Ubuntu again – (having decided to sort out the System Restore Recovery folder mystery later on). On checking for remaining files I found that the file mentioned was still present on C drive. However, while looking for it, knowing I had 420Gb free space, I was alarmed to see the amount was now reduced to 402GB. Interesting, as the install for Wubi was allocated 18GB. Following another reboot which offered Windows 7 and 2 Ubuntu options, I am left with the following questions: What did I do wrong? What do I do about the Wubi installation error message (a)? How can I recover lost disk space? How do I remove the 2 Ubuntu options from bootup? If I chose to install by USB – could I use an 8GB one and still be able to add other documents, picture etc to it? In replying, please remember that I am a novice. Thank you Phoenix Jewel

Hi Sharon, ...

Hi Sharon,

I am not sure to know how to remove the leftovers from Wubi. Maybe could you try CCleaner. It does not have a Free license, however it is free of charge and known to be a good program for cleaning out Windows systems (Seven as well). It is fairly easy to use. (Get it directly from the official CCleaner site, to be sure to get the last version).

For Wubi : I suggest you don't try to use it again. My opinion has always be that it is not a very good idea to install a Linux system inside Windows this way.

However, if your machine is powerful enough for that, you could use a virtual machine : for example, you could install Virtualbox, then install a Linux distribution into Virtualbox. This will not affect the main system, as it will look like an install, but really will use a file dedicated to act as a hard drive. (I do that often under Linux, and some also install Linux boxes into Mac throught a Virtual machine).

Else, I suggest you do your tests on a separate machine, so you won't fear to damage your day to day system.

Once you will be more advanced, you could consider doing a backup of your precious personal datas on usb hard drive, or usb stick, then use some program to have a safe copy of your Windows system : then shrink it to make space for a Linux box booting beside ?

Regards,
Mélodie

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