I am in need of help, so I did lots of research before coming here. First, my computer stats: Dell Vostro 3450, 14' screen, i5vpro Processor, and 8gig (7.7 acording to Ubuntu) of RAM.
I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed.
How I got my problem: I was happily skipping around Ubuntu after my second day of use, very proud of myself. I had browsers and wordprocessors, and various applications. I was all set. I then discovered that my back lit keyboard was not turning on, so I decided to look around on how to install it. It was very vague, but after a bit of searching I downloaded Synaptic from the Ubuntu software center. I then proceeded to find a package that was labeled dell-(something I cannot remember). I marked it to download. It dealt with fan operations and special key management. It had 3 items. I had Firefox, Synaptic, and I think OpenWord running, and when I started to download the packages, my computer froze. After waiting a few minutes, I shut down my computer. I then proceeded to boot, and received the splash screen, with all of the white dots filled in with orange. It then sat there, hanging.
What I have tried: I have tried adding nomodeset to the kernel line, and it loaded with low graphics, and produced this line:* speech-dispatcher disabled; edit/etc/default/speech-dispatcher–
I also tried running it overnight (not a very smart idea, I know) and that did not fix it either
I also tried running the recovery mode, and did the dpkg, fsck, network, and root programs, with little to no success. Root worked as I thought it would, but I don't know what do do from there
I tried the failsafeX mode from recovery, which produced little results, only getting past the warning about low graphics, it did not show the mouse.
Pressing Crtl + Alt + F1-F6 does not get a response from the splashscreen, and when replaceing the splash and other command from the kernel with "text" I got to the text login, but that froze too.
I have not tried a LiveCD, but since I do not have one, that is not an amazing solution.
I really appreciate all the help, and hope that we can figure something out.
No news so far, but I remember someone mentioning a Boot repair or Boot Solver program that helped sort out boot problems. I think it had to be run from a LiveCD, but I don't know if this is what I need or not. Just an idea
Thank you everyone who helped. It eventually ended up in having to re-install, but thats fine with me. Just wanted to note that the Datastick Pro 16GB by Cention works poorly for a USB boot drive when creating it from a mac. I suggest a Sandisk for best results.
Thank you all for your help!