UBUNTU 10.10 fails to boot, brings up grub scrn but none work, says wait to continue, s to skip or m to manual recovery

Asked by AMANDA MALKIN on 2011-06-11

-My laptop (Dell Inspiron 1525) came up with an upgrade box on my desktop so I clicked to proceed with the upgrade. However, 2 days later it was still going and so I cancelled it.
Now when i power up it comes up with;
GNU GRUB Version1.98+20100804-5ubuntu3

Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28 generic
Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-28 generic (recovery mode)
Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-24 generic
Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-24 generic (recovery mode)
Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22 generic
Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22 generic (recovery mode)
Memory test (memtest86+)
Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)

I have tried clicking the recovery mode options but then I end up with another black screen saying;
init: udevtrigger main process (384) terminated with status 1
init: udevtrigger post-stop process (387) terminated with status 1
init: udevtrigger main process (383) killed by TERM signal
The disk drive for / is not ready yet or present
Continue to wait; pr Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery

I have waited for 2 hours and nothing happened then I tried to skip and it comes up with loads of text and says Plymouth command failed, then, mountall Disconnected from Plymouth at the bottom of the screen. I dont know any command prompts to use the manual recovery and now I am getting desperate.

Please can you tell me how to get around this?

Thanks very much for your help.

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Boot to liveCD and fsk the partition

AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #2

I don't understand what that means? I don't have any CD?

On 11 Jun 2011 16:21, "actionparsnip" <email address hidden>
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actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
Boot to liveCD and fsk the partition

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Or USB.The media you used to install the OS with (unless you used the alternate ISO) has a live desktop which runs in RAM to "try Ubuntu'. You can perform system recovery and testing there

AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #4

Thanks, but someone else uploaded the Ubuntu software for me from a disk but I am no longer in contact with that person so I dont have access to the program on any disk or USB anymore.

Is there not a command prompt that I can use on the black screen to over ride it and go back to normal?

No as the partitions are not healthy. You will need another system to download and burn a Natty CD, then check the partition health.

AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #6

I'm really sorry but what do you mean by a natty cd? :(

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No as the partitions are not healthy. You will need another system to
download and burn a Natty CD, then check the partition health.

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AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #7

And what are partitians?

On 11 Jun 2011 17:01, "actionparsnip" <email address hidden>
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actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
No as the partitions are not healthy. You will need another system to
download and burn a Natty CD, then check the partition health.

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Instead of asking, you could EASILY find out by websearching. This not only makes things faster as you are not sat WAITING for someone to fill you in but it also makes you more autonomous. You should try and be more autonomous as it makes you less reliant on others. You have a connection to the largest information database known to mankind (The Internet), why not use it....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases#Ubuntu_11.04_.28Natty_Narwhal.29

You would have found those two links (as well as others) with very little effort.

AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #9

Thanks, I did try on the net but didn't understand all the terms that were
used which is why I asked on here hoping someone could simplify it for me.
Ill find someone else to help.

On 11 Jun 2011 17:35, "actionparsnip" <email address hidden>
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Your question #161083 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/161083

...
Instead of asking, you could EASILY find out by websearching. This not
only makes things faster as you are not sat WAITING for someone to fill
you in but it also makes you more autonomous. You should try and be more
autonomous as it makes you less reliant on others. You have a connection
to the largest information database known to mankind (The Internet), why
not use it....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases#Ubuntu_11.04_.28Natty_Narwhal.29

You would have found those two links (as well as others) with very
little effort.

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Boot to the install medium and check your partitions. They are currently not healthy so will not boot, so you need anoth OS to boot to. The live CD is ideal for this task

Raymond Trim (raytrim83) said : #11

What this all means is that your system is not healthy, so if you can get hold of a disk, why not just do a fresh install and you will then know your system is OK. You can get a disc for free from Canonical, buy one for a few £'s from The Linux Shop or several linux magazines have a free disc in the latest issues.

AMANDA MALKIN (malkin-amanda) said : #12

Thank you very much, ill get one sorted :)

On 11 Jun 2011 20:21, "Raymond Trim" <email address hidden>
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Your question #161083 on Ubuntu changed:
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Raymond Trim posted a new comment:
What this all means is that your system is not healthy, so if you can
get hold of a disk, why not just do a fresh install and you will then
know your system is OK. You can get a disc for free from Canonical,
buy one for a few £'s from The Linux Shop or several linux magazines
have a free disc in the latest issues.

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Raymond Trim (raytrim83) said : #13

Of course the latest version is 11.04, called Natty Narwhal - hence the "Natty CD". Not sure that Canonical do the free CD now.

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