View Full Version : [ubuntu] Waiting for network fixing led to dead ubuntu

October 19th, 2011, 08:25 AM
Hi all. Would really appreciate some help here. After installing 11.10 things have gone from "a bit worse than before" to "completely unusable". Here's the story:

1. Converted back to classic desktop look; noticed that logging in after logging out didn't work & I had to reboot. Evolution (which i set as default) worked for a bit then would crash on starting. Didn't get round to fixing it before the rest.

2. Tried to fix the "waiting 60 more seconds for network configuration"problem by following the steps here: http://www.totalcomputersusa.com/2011/10/ubuntu-11-10-booting-system-without-full-network-configuration/

3. This killed my machine. It doesn't get to login screen (goes no further than checking battery state); i can sporadically get recovery mode to work but even then after allowing me to choose "command prompt with networking" once before, i can't get there again as choosing "check drives" stops after the first two items.

4. So, bereft of the option of fixing from command line, I looked to try the 4th post here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1435000 but - as my post below that says - it far from obvious how i install over the top of my existing install to save it.

Any advice welcome. I don't want to pick options at random from #4 and destroy my existing install. I get the impression that if i can get to networked command line i'll be ok, maybe, but that would require either being able to command line my hard drive install somehow from my live cd, or getting command line with networking to work as it should

1000 thank yous in advance.

October 20th, 2011, 07:07 PM
No ideas? Confused as to why the keyboard doesn't work on the recovery console 4 options, given that it works to select the recovery console vs. ubuntu or winXP at the grub menu...