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Thread: "BusyBox" instead of Ubuntu?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013

    Angry "BusyBox" instead of Ubuntu?


    I have no idea what this is, or how to get away from it lol
    When starting up my computer today, instead of my beloved Ubuntu (12.10), I was presented with a black screen with white lettering.
    All it says is

    BusyBoxv1.19.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.19.3-7ubuntu1.1) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands

    I tried typing 'exit' but it gave me

    (initramfs) exit
    /init: line 352: can't open /root/dev/console: no such file
    [ 2366.718769] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode=0x00000200
    [ 2366.718769]
    [ 2366.718783] Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 3.5.0-30-generic #51-Ubuntu
    [ 2366.718789] Call Trace:

    [...800] [<ffffffff816747b4>] panic+0xba/0x1c9
    [...808] [<ffffffff81357f5e>] do_exit+0x81e/0x8e0
    [...816] [<ffffffff8105837f>] do_group_exit+03f/0xa0
    [...823] [<ffffffff810583f7>] sys_exit_group+0x17/0x20
    [...831] [<ffffffff8168a029>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
    [...848] panic occurred, switching back to text console

    What happened?
    Is my HD corrupted or something?
    If there's a way to fix it, I'd appreciate knowing. I just backed up all my photos, music, tax stuff, etc. onto this drive a few days ago. go figure lol


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Re: "BusyBox" instead of Ubuntu?

    From an older thread (

    Busybox is a simple "shell" included in the initramfs and is used as a fall back if your system does not boot. Busybox says that your kernel is not being found on the hard drive. Could be anything from faulty hardware to a bad kernel or initramfs.

    Normally you should be getting some messages before dropping into busybox. What are they?

    You can do two things:
    1) Boot into a live cd and try to find out if it is a hardware problem
    2) Boot an older kernel and see if that works
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2013

    Re: "BusyBox" instead of Ubuntu?

    I don't remember seeing anything before; error messages, etc.
    I'm traveling at the moment, but I'll follow your advice tomorrow, and get back here.
    Thanks for your response

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