This is a Natty system, but I don't know whether it's related or whether enough people read there to find an answer.
I ran update manager to update to the latest releases for Natty, and it crashed. I ran it again and it told me it could only do a partial upgrade, and that I should do apt-get install -f. I did that, but apt-get told me the system was locked by another program. Not to worry I thought, I'll just reboot.
So I did that, and I think Update-Manager got a lot further through the process than I thought, because my system is borked. It'll boot into Gnome, but when booting up the Boot Screen no longer shows the pretty Ubuntu Logo, but rather a line of text that says "Ubuntu 11.04". When it gets into Gnome the keyboard and mouse more or less don't work (although the keyboard based Fn+9 and Fn+10 brightness controll still works) and there is no desktop background. After about 30 seconds something crashes but I can't click on it to find out what.
Going into the recovery console doesn't help either. The latest Kernel (2.6.38-7) stops moving forwards after "Begin:Running /scripts/init-bottom...done". has occurred for the second time.
Luckily I still have the previous kernel (
which gets to the same spot and then tells me "init: udevtrigger main process (390) terminated with status 1" and then "init: udevtrigger post-stop process (394) terminated with status 1".
I then get the message "The disc drive for / is not ready yet or not present
Continue to wait; or Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery". S goes back to "Begin:Running /scripts/init-bottom...done" a second time, M brings up the message
"Root filesystem check failed
A maintenance shell will now be started"
and then it asks for the root password and gives me a terminal.
Everything seems to be there, but apt-get and dpkg both can't do anything as the filesystem is read only.
I'm really a bit stuck and this is a bit beyond my skills. Any ideas?