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Thread: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

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    Re: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

    Tried selecting 'S' but laptop just hung there doing nothing. So I rebooted to GRUB screen and selected Previous Version. Booted (eventually!) to the desktop screen and got the following crash report



    Would I be better installing Lubuntu as it is such a low spec machine?

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    Re: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

    Well, that would explain the fact the upgrade caused it. For some reason, it seems the newer kernel has broken something to do with the /boot directory (or perhaps the act of installing it broke the filesystem). You're getting the crash report because the program (unrelated, I think) tried to access the read-only filesystem.

    Have you tried the other options in recovery mode? I think the filesystem check would be pertinent under the circumstances.

    Lubuntu would probably not help as this isn't a problem with performance, although a reinstall would fix this problem. Up to you really.

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    Re: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

    Hey,

    Just wanted to update the thread.

    I opted for Previous version of Ubuntu from GRUB screen and managed to get into the desktop. Got the crash report as well as 19 updates required. I installed the updates and a restart was needed afterward. However, when I restarted the laptop, all I got was the Asus splash screen. I can't even get into the BIOS now. No key options such as F2, F8, F10 or holding down the SHIFT key are working.

    I ended up taking the laptop apart and pulling out the hard drive. When I tried to start with no hard drive, it booted straight into the BIOS screen. When this occurred I took the hard drive and put it in another laptop and was able to install Lubuntu on it. But when I put the hard drive back into the original laptop the same thing happens; booting as far as the Asus splash screen and no further with no Function keys working either.

    HEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!!

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    Re: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

    Quote Originally Posted by kkelly77 View Post
    I can't even get into the BIOS now. No key options such as F2, F8, F10 or holding down the SHIFT key are working.
    [...]
    booting as far as the Asus splash screen and no further with no Function keys working either.

    HEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!!

    Uh-oh. *buntu can't touch the BIOS or other firmware. As far as it's concerned (although UEFI is a different kettle of fish as far as I can tell), the BIOS is a 'black box' that boots the thing.

    So I've no idea. I'd be tempted to see what happens if you do a CMOS reset by taking the BIOS battery out for five minutes or so, then replacing it. This will reset the BIOS to defaults. On some laptops, this may be a royal pain in the rear though.

    Sorry.

    Will it boot anything other than a hard disk now?

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    Re: Xubuntu not booting after updates - display driver?

    Put the dodgy hard drive into another laptop and booted from a Lubunutu live USB. Looks like hard drive is on it's last legs.



    With the hard drive out of the laptop in question, I can boot off the Lubuntu live USB no problem and get into the BIOS too. I'll try a known working hard drive in the laptop so soon as I get my hands on one.

    Thanks for the replies folks.

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