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    Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    I tried to upgrade to 13.10, which took several hours and eventually the computer just froze. I waited 24 hours and finally shut down. I am now not able to do anything even in recover mode. The error message I get in root says I have to manually run "dpkg --configure -a" to correct the error but it doesn't recognize that. I'm probably doing it wrong. "apt-get update" does nothing. I mean nothing, it just hangs there. The "repair" option also does nothing.

    I'm currently booting from my old version 7 disc. I am completely ready to give up on Ubuntu. Up until 12.10 I liked it a lot better than Windows, but my upgrade to 12.10 was a disaster, and this is even worse. This OS is supposed to be user-friendly for those of us who are computer illiterate, and when I started using it it was, but every new version seems to have more and more problems and require more and more computer knowledge just to use it.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    Upgrading internally from one version to another is mostly messy. I always do a clean install of the new version. It is not only cleaner and fresh, its also a time saver. May I suggest the same to you? Do a fresh install of 13.10.
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    Upgrading internally from one version to another is mostly messy. I always do a clean install of the new version. It is not only cleaner and fresh, its also a time saver. May I suggest the same to you? Do a fresh install of 13.10.
    If one has only 1 ubuntu installed on their drive, usually the live iso installer will give you the option to upgrade...i have been using that and my experience has been very good..i suspect it works a lot better most of time that using the software updater method of upgrading...

    I'd suggest he tried to re-upgrade using that method...nothing to lose at this point...worse case scenario: he will have to re-install but do a clean one...

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    Quote Originally Posted by craig10x View Post
    If one has only 1 ubuntu installed on their drive, usually the live iso installer will give you the option to upgrade...i have been using that and my experience has been very good..i suspect it works a lot better most of time that using the software updater method of upgrading...

    I'd suggest he tried to re-upgrade using that method...nothing to lose at this point...worse case scenario: he will have to re-install but do a clean one...
    Well, you have a new ubuntu version on DVD/USB already, why do a upgrade when you can with equal ease get a fresh install. However, I have my Partitions setup for clean installs. I don't use /home, and I don't save my personal data in Home folder which is on my / partition. All my data is saved to a simple ext4 formatted partition. I just find more value in clean installs. And an additional 30mins for tweaking ubuntu to my taste.

    But then... "to each his own".
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    Like you...i ALWAYS did clean installs...never tried to do upgrades...figured they would be very troublesome and not worth the effort...but after each clean install, seems i spent at least a day or two putting all programs back on, restoring settings, adding my data back in (music, videos, documents, etc)...and after doing my first UPGRADE using the iso installer method...only had to spend about 20 to 25 minutes putting back what didn't make it in or was changed back to default...so i enjoy the time and work it saves me and that's why i decided to continue to use that method...

    But i can't really speak for the software updater method of upgrade since i have never done it, though i get the impression that while it CAN work out well, there is a much greater chance of problems with it that the installer method i outlined...

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    What version did you try to upgrade from? Were you running 13.04 and did you use the distribution upgrade option it offered? In-place upgrades that jump multiple releases (e.g., 12.10 to 13.10) aren't really supported. They should be done by upgrading to each intervening release.

    Any and all PPA's should be backed out and the installation returned to pre-PPA state before an update.

    Is there any response at all to "dpkg --configure -a"? Does it display an error message, or just hang?

    Any OS upgrade, on any sustem, will be problematic if the user has made changes to some of the core files.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    Quote Originally Posted by craig10x View Post
    Like you...i ALWAYS did clean installs...never tried to do upgrades...figured they would be very troublesome and not worth the effort...but after each clean install, seems i spent at least a day or two putting all programs back on, restoring settings, adding my data back in (music, videos, documents, etc)...and after doing my first UPGRADE using the iso installer method...only had to spend about 20 to 25 minutes putting back what didn't make it in or was changed back to default...so i enjoy the time and work it saves me and that's why i decided to continue to use that method...

    But i can't really speak for the software updater method of upgrade since i have never done it, though i get the impression that while it CAN work out well, there is a much greater chance of problems with it that the installer method i outlined...
    @craig10x: Have you read this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1748541&p=10765330#post10765330
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."


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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    @fantab: interesting idea....though to be honest, it's easier to use the upgrade method i have been using...less fuss involved

    I have a suggestion: try it the next time you are going to clean install ubuntu...if it doesn't work out to your satisfaction, you can always re-install clean (as you would have done anyway)...
    In case you hadn't already read it, you might want to read about my experience with it in this thread:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2181643

    As i said, i am talking about the installer upgrade option here and NOT the software updater method that so many use...worked identically for me TWICE and a local friend of mine did it too and worked the same for him...
    Last edited by craig10x; October 26th, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    A clean install is not an option at this point because the machine is unusable so I can't download anything. Is there nothing I do from recovery mode? I guess I could install version 7 and try to download 13 using that if I have to.

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    Re: Ubuntu 13 upgrade failed, unable to boot

    If that version 7 CD is a live image, and if it just isn't too old, here are some instructions about booting into a liveCD and using it to recover an installation. Note the guidance about fixing a failed upgrade:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCdRecovery.

    Here is the Recovery Mode page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode, If you can mount the filesystem, you ought to be able to follow the same upgrade procedures,

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