Conor Schaefer on 10 Oct 2010 09:08:44 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Ubuntu 10.04 boot problem(s)

  • From: Conor Schaefer <>
  • To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Ubuntu 10.04 boot problem(s)
  • Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 12:08:38 -0400
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If you have no fear of reconfiguring settings, then a purge and install might be the best bet for you. Notice, though, that you might want to purge and install GDM, as well, because doing it just for X probably won't help your /etc/gdm/custom.conf be properly generated.

You confirmed that the files were not there by mounting the partition in a live CD environment, yes? I just ran out to pick up some blank CDs, and I'm going to give that a spin for myself, see if I can solve this mountall failure by adjusting fstab.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Eric <> wrote:

I appreciate the info.

I do not believe it's the same problem.

There are two major clues in the /var/log/syslog file: gdm dies because it cannot read the /etc/gdm/custom.conf file or execute the /usr/bin/X file. ÂIt says that they are not there and sure enough, they are not there!

I have an Nvidia card with the proprietary driver installed but I did not have any problems with it through several prior reboots.

Should I reboot without X and then use dpkg and/or apt to remove and then re-install X?



On 10/10/2010 11:00 AM, Conor Schaefer wrote:
Funny you should mention this; I've been troubleshooting a similar
problem since last night. Take a look at this bug report and see if it's
of any help to you:

My boot process does get as far as X, but hangs there and does not
response to keyboard or mouse input. As the bug report suggests, try
adding a verbose flag to the kernel you're loading and see if you get
more detailed output there.

I'm grumbling because I think I'm going to have to invest in CD-Rs to
rescue this system; I've tried using Unetbootin to make a bootable USB
drive already, but this is unfortunately on a MacBook Pro, and the
firmware there doesn't support booting USB drives very well. (Or so
rEFIt reports when I try and it fails.)

I also cannot get any virtual consoles, and the system does not respond
to SSH attempts over the network. All these symptoms make sense if the
primary volume isn't mounting correctly.

Hope this helps, sorry if I've missed the mark.

On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM, Eric <
<>> wrote:

 ÂWell, less than 2 weeks with my new 10.04 install and I'm in
 Âtrouble... and stumped.

 ÂIt appears that X does not start or that the boot process hangs
 Âbefore it gets to X. Âfor a "normal" boot I end up stuck on the
 Âsplash screen. ÂIf I boot the "rescue" option I see:

 Â* Setting sensors limits Â[ OK ]
 Â* Setting console screen modes and fonts

 Â... and then it just sits there.
 ÂI'm unable to get any virtual consoles - the screens are blank.

 ÂI can boot the system from the old hard drive running Intrepid 8.10
 Âso I know the hardware (including video card) are fine.
  ÂUnfortunately, I chose ext4 for the new root partition so I cannot
 Âmount it from the running Intrepid system (no support for ext4).

 ÂI'm going to reboot from the 10.04 install disk to get a live system
 Âand see if I can gather any information from the syslog or messages

 Â[hints|tips|suggestions] would be appreciated!

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