Ubuntu GUI problem

Asked by salman on 2008-07-15

I have Ubuntu 8.0.4 LTS Desktop Edition desktop edition it was working great untie I restated it once and now a black command line screen appears
dont know much but all I did is installed some games and I restated the computer
it says BusyBox v1.1.3 and under that it says to enter writing next to word (initramfs)
I tried the folowing command but it didnt work

How can I go back to the GUI?

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Tobias Wolf (towolf) said : #1

That you are in the BusyBox console means that Ubuntu doesn't even start up half-way. It is something like a rescue console if the system is broken.
You surely selected the right boot option in the Grub screen?
Can you see any error messages before the console appears?

salman (sal-the-man) said : #2

no ther are no error messages but how can I fix it

Tobias Wolf (towolf) said : #3

Fixing it would require some expertise of the nitty gritty of Linux. With this I'm saying that you can often repair a broken system if you know it in and out, but if you don’t a fresh reinstall is likely the best solution.

What you can try before you reinstall is to put in the Live CD and look around. Maybe try grub-install (use google for how to do it), or make an "aptitude dist-upgrade" in a chroot of the hard disk (but this too is perhaps to much for your current experience).

What you should certainly do when you have booted the Live CD and before you reinstall is to copy all your valuable files to a backup. Then you can copy them back later.

Sorry I can't help more, you didn’t give enough clues about the source of the problem.

salman (sal-the-man) said : #4

thanks for the help

Sharar Ravitz (jewfro-macabbi) said : #5

This is a known bug many people have encountered. Here's a discussion including solutions which work for many people:


salman (sal-the-man) said : #6

how do properly uninstall Ubuntu so I can re install it
I have it duel booted with windows vista

simply insert the install disk and reinstall ubuntu in it's old partition dont forget to format it within the installation program. grub shoul detect Vista and include it in the boot menu

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