I just ran into a problem running with Ubuntu 8.04 install on a machine that would cause the installtion to start booting from CD and then dump you to a Busybox shell with an initramfs prompt. After searching around it looks to be an issue with the IDE/SATA controllers on some motherboards. I ended up fixing the issue by following some instruction from various others that were having the same problem:
Bug #222176: initramfs error/problem ubuntu 8.04
In my case it seems hitting F6 and appending the boot option pci=nomsi
solved the problem in my case. Others reported appending all_generic_ide floppy=off irqpoll
that solved the issue for them.
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