View Full Version : Machine essentially bricked after updates

August 2nd, 2013, 09:19 PM
I have a machine with Ubuntu 13.04 that has been running fine and dandy. I was prompted to install updates (sorry, I didn't pay attention to what they were). Once they were installed, I rebooted, and now it freezes right when the login screen appears. I tried booting in safe mode, recovery mode, in root shell prompt doing a
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Nothing has worked.

August 2nd, 2013, 09:55 PM
Try using this rather similar line :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

August 2nd, 2013, 09:57 PM
Were you using a proprietary graphics driver and might one of the updates have been a new kernel?

August 2nd, 2013, 09:57 PM
I try to pay attention to what updates are taking place so I have an idea what may break or need repair if it does not boot.

Did you install video drivers and maybe a new kernel did not correctly update? Besides recovery mode does the next oldest kernel boot?

If you can get to command line with recovery. lines with # are comments:
#if not chroot use: sudo -i
apt-get autoclean # only removes files that cannot be downloaded anymore (obsolete)
apt-get clean
apt-get update #resync package index
apt-get upgrade #newest versions of all packages, update must be run first
#would upgrade you to the latest kernel in the repositories
#dist-upgrade is also able to remove existing packages if required
apt-get dist-upgrade
# fix Broken packages -f
apt-get -f install
dpkg --configure -a

August 2nd, 2013, 09:58 PM
You know what they say about great minds, oldfred...

August 2nd, 2013, 11:01 PM
Thank you much Jonor. That worked perfectly. Also, thank you to everyone to whom provided help. I am greatly appreciative to the Linux community!!!!

August 2nd, 2013, 11:03 PM