My parents have a preinstall Dell Ubuntu system. Today they decided to do the Gutsy -> Hardy upgrade. It seems to have rendered their system unbootable.
On bootup, the usual grug loading stage 2 appears followed by the Ubuntu startup screen (with logo).
However the progress bar bounces back and forth, instead of proceeding from the left to the right. Shortly afterwards the error:
I have my parents trained to use
ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
ata2.00: cmd a0/00:00:00:24:00/00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0 pio 36 in
ata2.00: status [ DRDY ]
to reboot the system when these things happen. From what they tell me *sometimes* it works if you do that.
Assistance would be very much appreciated, please!