View Full Version : Stuck in boot loop after upgrading from 17.10 to 18.04

May 13th, 2018, 09:27 PM
Hello all, I'm having a challenge after upgrading from 17.10 to 18.04. The package download and installation process was successful (through update center). The laptop was required to reboot, to complete the upgrade, but it never made to the login screen after displaying the Ubuntu boot splash screen with the dots. It kept displaying "[ok] started gnome display manager at...link was shut down", as the last line on a black screen.

I'm running this as a dual boot on my Dell Inspiron 15 7537 with Intel HD Graphics Card.

I'm new to Linux. Any help would be appreciated.

May 14th, 2018, 03:51 AM
I just upgraded my Compaq Presario from 16.04 and it hangs at the same point. I do note that further up the credits list there is one line item that does not have a green OK at the beginning but rather a red astrix. The line states "A start job is running for hold until boot process finishes up (1min 9s / no limit)". I strongly suspect that we have the same issue. Please help us both.

May 14th, 2018, 03:55 AM
Hello and welcome to the forum avidhunter3, please create your own thread so the OP of this one and yourself can receive the help you both need.


May 14th, 2018, 04:48 PM
Have you considered a fresh install of 18.04?

May 15th, 2018, 04:42 AM
Having the exact same problem on a System 76 Galago Ultrapro - only nVida graphics. Upgrade from 17.10 using the standard upgrade UI.

I'm able to Ctrl-Alt-F2 and login eventually (takes a few attempts to get username and password entered), then sudo init 3 to get the looping UI to stop. From which I conclude this isn't a boot loop, it's the graphical frontend looping. Someone claimed to fix it with reinstall of xserver but that didn't work for me.

I would dearly like to get this fix without reverting to reinstall - this is the first time since something like Ubuntu 7.x that I've had an upgrade go bad (famous networking fail). And I'm disappointed everyone is like "Just reinstall from a USB stick". That sounds so Microsoft Windows.

May 15th, 2018, 03:45 PM
Few people realise how complicated a process an upgrade is. I am surprised that it sometimes works.

Since you all appear to have more or less the same problem I am even more convinced to suggest a clean install. It's the only good habit one gets from using Windows.

May 20th, 2018, 05:28 PM
@morgaes, I haven't done a clean install because I am worried I'd loose my files. i really would not mind a fresh install, but how do I get back my files? Any suggestions?

May 20th, 2018, 06:55 PM
Use your back-up? Personally I save in the cloud and whatever happens to my computer doesn't make me lose data.

May 20th, 2018, 07:26 PM
Sadly, I am unable to even log in, I'm greeted with a looped black boot screen. I say a pay where it reads "welcome to Ubuntu 18.04LTS"...then after over 20 minutes of displaying boot messages, the boot process stops with the error. Now I'm not sure how to salvage it.

May 20th, 2018, 07:35 PM
From a live boot you can access your files and copy them to a safe location.

May 20th, 2018, 07:37 PM
From a live boot you can access your files and copy them to a safe location.

Thank you for this I'll give this attempt a try, and revert with results. I hope it works though.

May 20th, 2018, 07:53 PM
Thank you for this tip @morgaes, I will do this and revert with results. Hope it works through. Fingers crossed.