View Full Version : [ubuntu] HELP! hung in the middle of upgrade, recovery?

October 6th, 2009, 10:01 PM

I had Ubuntu 8 something with two users - me and my girlfriend. Last night I started the upgrade process (to 9.04) on the administrator's side (user Me)
my girlfriend was working away this afternoon on her side and when I stepped in and flipped out of her user account over to mine to check the progress of the upgrade, when I flipped back to her side, the system seemed to hang.

after waiting a few minutes, I forced a power off.
on restarting, it comes to a blank coloured screen with a pointer arrow (which moves).
what have I done and how to I undo it?
I can imagine powering down in the middle of an upgrade was not wise, but I didn't know how else to proceed.


October 7th, 2009, 10:09 AM
Hi, are you able to boot into recovery mode?
If you can boot into recovery mode try

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

October 7th, 2009, 01:35 PM
how do I boot into recovery mode? does an option present itself (it doesn't currently) or do I have to hit F8 or something similar as in WIndows?


October 8th, 2009, 09:15 AM
This (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode) will explain how to boot into recovery mode.