Phew, I could sure use a helping hand as I'm starting to feel I'm in over my head. I really want to work this but am at a loss. I will continue to read the forums for answers, but any help to get out of this nightmare would really be appreciated. Thanks to anyone out there for their time assisting me.
I put on a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 (ISO from Ubuntu.com) from a brand-new flashdrive on my new laptop and after installing the recommended updates (40 of them) from the update manager it now will not boot.
I've tried a variety of things but so far no luck. The GRUB boot menu gives the following options:
1.) Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-25-generic
2.) Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-25 (recovery mode)
3.) Previous Linux versions
4.) Memory test (memtest86+)
5.) Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)
6.) Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-23-generic (on /dev/sda2)
7.) Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-23-generic (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda2)
8.) System setup
Option 1 leads me directly to a black screen with an unblinking cursor in top right, or a purple screen of inactivity.
Option 2 leads me to the Recovery Menu.
- Resume leads me to a black screen where with an option to type my login: and then password, after which I get my login@computername:~$ with a blinking cursor. Don't know where to go from here.
- Repair broken packages tells me no upgrades are available, do you want to start the upgrade.
Continue [yN] Details [d]
When I try an option it then says END
- fsck gives a few details and leads me back to Recovery Menu
- failsafeX leads me back to the Recovery Menu
Option 3 lets me try to boot into Linux 3.5.0-23-generic or the same in recovery mode. I get a purple screen of inactivity in the first and the Recovery Menu offers the same results as the previous Recovery Menu notes from above.
Neither of the Memtests work and the last two sda2 options are for an installation I mistakenly made on my SSD drive.
Am I looking at installing 12.04 again as my best option? I would hope to avoid this if possible, as I've done a number of them already, but more importantly, how can I avoid this happening again even if I do a fresh install.
Thanks again for any help forthcoming.