Broken Boot after downloading new release

Asked by rumproast666

I was downloading the new release of ubuntu and my laptop (inspiron 8600) lost power (bad battery). Now, Ubuntu won't boot. It says something about X server is not configured right. I'm new to ubuntu so please help.

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#1

Is there a way to go through the upgrade again off of the install CD?

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Ryan Kavanagh (ryanakca) said :
#2

Boot your computer, since X won't boot, you should be prompted with a command line login that looks like:

Ubuntu 7.10 lambda tty1

Login:

Login with your username/password, and then you'll probably want to finish your upgrade, so run the command "sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude dist-upgrade". This will probably fix X.

You'll be prompted once again to enter you password, but this will permit you to finish your upgrade. Once finished, run the command:
"sudo shutdown -r now" to reboot.

Hope this helps,
Ryan

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#3

Thanks for your help, but I am not prompted at boot time. I get nothing after the x message is gone. Is there a way to force this login?

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :
#4

Can you reach the login screen by pressing CTR+ALT+F2 ... ?

HTH

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#5

I can get to this login with CTR+ATL+F2. However I can't get the distribution. I get a message that says "E: dpkg was interupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem." What does this mean and how do I fix it.

P.S. Thank you for your help so far. I was completely lost.

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#6

I tried

sudo apt-get update

but it can't find a network to connect security.ubuntu.com

Thought this might help.

Thanks again.

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#7

Should I re-install the OS? I recently backed up my documents so thats not a problem. However, there are alot of applications that I don't feel like installing again. I really don't know where to go from here....

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Best Ryan Kavanagh (ryanakca) said :
#8

If you wish to reinstall the OS, feel free, but the following command should do the trick:

sudo dpkg --configure -a && sudo aptitude dist-upgrade

then reboot with the command I gave you.

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#9

Thank you very much! it worked!

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rumproast666 (kelly-micheal) said :
#10

Thanks Ryan Kavanagh, that solved my question.